What Is Reiki Healing? Can Reiki Help Me?
- Do you have a medical condition and want to feel better while supporting your health care?
- Are you healthy but not sleeping well, maybe adding unwanted pounds?
- Would you like to feel more engaged, more in control of your life and your health?
- Do you sometimes feel isolated, hopeless to address the challenges of your life?
- Do you want to develop your inner spiritual connection, on your own terms?
Reiki can help you
Reiki is a spiritual healing practice that helps your system balance itself. Balance is always a good thing, because your body can only self-heal when your nervous system is balanced.
By encouraging your system toward balance, Reiki practice can help you in any situation, even when it isn’t the only help you need.
Reiki practice is unique in that you can receive a Reiki treatment or you can learn Reiki self practice in-person or in a live, interactive online training. Once you’ve learned Reiki self practice, you’ll be able to move yourself toward balance with the touch of your hand.
Balance means different things at different times. If you are tired, you’ll feel refreshed. If you are anxious, you’ll feel serene. If you are distressed, you’ll feel comforted.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed, you’ll discover a renewed clarity and purpose. And these subjective changes come with physical changes associated with deep relaxation, such as a slower heart rate and easier breathing.
The first session usually brings improvement, and the benefits grow with repeated sessions. In emergencies or during intensive care, patients often show benefit within a few minutes.
Reiki supports your health care.
Reiki practice is safe, and cannot interfere with any medical care you are receiving. In fact, I have given Reiki treatment to patients in the O.R. during surgery, and to people in the infusion suite as they receive chemotherapy.
Even when you are taking prescription medications, Reiki can help you. Reiki practice is safe, and the improvement you experience might mean you need less medication. That’s a good thing, but please don’t adjust your meds on your own. Always consult your physician before making changes in your medications.
My life can be divided into “before Reiki” and “after Reiki.”
Before Reiki I was consumed with anxiety, unable to experience joy, unable to meditate, so unable to cope with the stresses of work that I was always about to quit, unable to even be in the same room with my mother. After Reiki I know peace, I can cope with whatever problems come up at work, I meditate with gusto, and I was able to nurse my mother for the last 6 weeks of her life with love and devotion. I depend on my early morning sessions of Reiki to center myself for the day, and I meditate with Pamela’s CD. Just the sound of her voice draws me into a deep meditative state.
I am now prepared for the next 35 years of my life to be full of joy, peace and deep and abiding happiness. Reiki will be part of my life for as long as I live.
— Andrea Stillman
Since 1986, I have worked with people of all ages and levels of health, people from a range of backgrounds. Many of my clients are happy and healthy, and smart enough to do what they can to stay that way. Others want to develop themselves spiritually and discover greater meaning in life. And of course many have sought Reiki treatment or training realizing that balancing their systems can help them to cope better with a wide range of health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain
- Neurodegenerative disorders
- Autism/developmental delays
- Crohn’s Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Emotional illness, including mild psychosis
- Fatigue syndromes
- End-of-life care and bereavement
Regardless the challenges you face, Reiki can help you, and Reiki can help you face your challenges more effectively and with greater poise.
The following are commonly reported benefits of Reiki practice. Although at this time, the evidence for most of these benefits is anecdotal, there are research data showing Reiki treatment can be effective for relaxation, pain management, reduced anxiety, reduced depression, and enhanced well-being:
- Pain management
- Reduced anxiety
- Reduced depression
- Improved sleep
- Improved digestion
- Enhanced well-being
- Stronger self-esteem
- Support for substance abuse recovery
- Accelerated surgical recovery
- Reduced side effects from radiation, chemotherapy and Rx meds
- Greater self awareness
- Greater ease and satisfaction in relationship
- Heightened intuition
When you receive Reiki healing, you’ll lie fully clothed on a treatment table while the Reiki practitioner places hands lightly on or just above your head and torso. Read more about Reiki treatment.
You can learn to practice Reiki self-treatment and offer Reiki treatment informally to family, friends, and pets in about ten hours of an in-person group class. Read about learning to practice Reiki self-treatment.
Warning — please read this before registering for a Reiki class or scheduling a session with a Reiki professional!
While Reiki practice is safe and has no known medical contraindications, there are no standards for Reiki training or treatment, and enormous diversity among professionals in terms of practice style, training, and experience.
The extent of the diversity can be confusing to the public. Professionals do not necessarily even agree what the term Reiki refers to.
This is a Buyer Beware market, and I encourage you to choose your Reiki teacher or professional carefully. You want to work with someone who is not only qualified, but who is a comfortable fit for you.
Read through a prospective practitioner’s website carefully and/or ask questions. Reiki Classes: What’s Right for You will guide you through what you need to know. Any respectable Reiki professional will appreciate that you are making a careful choice, so don’t be shy in your pursuit of information.
My book REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide has a chapter to help you decide whether you want Reiki treatment or training, and how to locate and identify credible Reiki professionals.
I am a traditional Reiki master practicing daily self Reiki since 1986. I practice and teach Reiki as I learned it, the simple, accessible, doable practice that was brought from Japan in the 1930s. Please read about my Reiki classes here.