Reiki is an ancient Japanese practice involving the use of the palm of the hands for healing. It is otherwise known as “hands on healing” or palm healing and has been practiced by the Japanese since 1922. Reiki is considered an alternative and oriental medicine and while there has been no scientific evidence to prove the effectiveness of Reiki, proponents believe that it allows for the transfer of energy from one person to another through laying of the hands.

The main mechanism of Reiki that is believed to provide healing is the transfer of good energy (ki) from a healthy person to someone who needs physical, emotional, mental as well as spiritual well being. The universal energy that is released on the palms is thought to provide a state of equilibrium, which allows for self healing to occur.

Branches of Reiki

Reiki has two branches including:

  • Traditional Reiki

Traditional Reiki or Japanese Reiki is the ancient form of Reiki wherein early Japanese healers use their intuition with regards to hand position.

  • Western Reiki

Western Reiki is the newer and updated version of Reiki where hand placements are more systematized and are commonly used in Western countries.

These two branches of Reiki also do not only employ the laying of the hands, but may also use touching, light tapping and loo blowing to offer healing.

What to Expect during Reiki Treatment

Reiki is typically a whole body treatment where the person lies down on a massage table. Before the therapy is started, the therapist will employ meditation and enter a state of mind to prepare mentally for the treatment.

Once started, the therapist will place the hands over the patient’s body in several locations. In some cases, therapists use a non-touching approach wherein the hands are placed a few centimeters above the skin. The palms are commonly held in a particular body part for an average of 4 seconds. After which, the therapist will move their hand to other locations.

A whole body Reiki will involve the head down to the foot and lasts an average of 60 minutes. Clients usually feel a sense of peace and relaxation after the Reiki treatment.

Benefits of Reiki

Reiki is believed to provide several benefits for the body including emotional, mental, physical and spiritual healing as well as increasing the overall energy level of the body. People may also be able to cope better with their illness when they seek Reiki treatment. The following conditions may benefit from Reiki therapy:

  • Fatigue
  • Mild psychosis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chron’s disease
  • Brain injury
  • Hyperactivity
  • Infertility
  • Chronic pains
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Heart problems
  • Cancer

Although there have been so much speculation about the use of Reiki, current evidence still has not seen a concrete support for the use of Reiki for managing various conditions. Nevertheless, the assumed psychological belief of a patient that indeed Reiki works becomes an important point as to why many people benefit from an otherwise unsupported practice.