How Does Reiki Work?

In a Reiki session, the energy drawn in by the recipient is done so through the practitioner’s hands. The energy will go where it is needed and in the order that the recipient’s body, mind, and spirit determines.

If you have never had the benefit of receiving a Reiki session, you may wish to schedule a session with a practitioner you feel called to work with.

Although Reiki has traditionally been used as a healing system, it is also extremely effective as a way to help individuals increase awareness, insight, wisdom and personal growth. Our bodies are energetic in nature. Our bones resonate at lower frequencies while our blood, thoughts etc. vibrate at higher frequencies.

In Eastern traditions this magnetic pulse, or biomagnetic field, is known as Ki or Prana.

When a practitioner is performing a healing session, the energy that emanates from their hands produce a larger bio magnetic reading (7-10 Hz – Theta and Alpha range) than a non-practitioner. These frequencies are associated with physical healing.

Common observations from Reiki clients after a session include: contentment, relaxation, decreased feelings of stress, fear and anxiety as well as a reduction (and in some cases elimination) of physical illnesses and persistent conditions. There are numerous case studies and research verifying the effects of Reiki sessions.

During an in-person Reiki session, the practitioner places his or her hands on or just above a client's body.

The practitioner conducts universal energy from their arms, and out through their hands where it flows into the client's body. Through the basic law of physics (entrainment), when a practitioner and client come together they are the two oscillating/vibrating objects.

Every cell in our body and every atom in the universe is in a constant state of vibration. The tendency for two objects is to lock into phase so that they vibrate in harmony. In most cases, the weaker of the two oscillating objects adjust to the stronger vibration.

During a session, the practitioner does not rely on his or her own personal energy.

Practitioners are conduits for focusing the energy from the world around them. We are born with the innate intelligence of Reiki and it illuminates our bodymind, stimulating balance and growth.

Over time however, habits and choices that do not serve our highest good can stifle that flow of energy resulting in a loss of vitality and imbalance.

What sets Reiki apart from other forms of touch therapy are the attunements that the practitioner receives.

These attunements open the channels in an individual so they are in direct contact with universal life force. After an attunement, these channels are open forever.

Note that Reiki does not create new abilities in a practitioner.

Instead, Reiki reveals abilities that they already had. It stimulates the flow of energy within a bodymind and is a modality that benefits the practitioner as well as the recipient. It can be used as an extremely effective tool for personal growth as well as healing on all levels.

Got questions? Refer to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual here!