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What Is Reiki Energy Healing?

Updated: Mar 3

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese healing technique, and for many practitioners, it's also a way of life. It was founded in the early 1920s by a Japanese man, Mikao Usui. In his day, Usui was primarily interested in creating a system or method for happiness. He believed people could heal themselves, and create better circumstances for their own inner peace and well-being. Through his healing dojo, he sat with students, teaching them about the subtle nature of energy and metaphysics. This evolved into a hands-on practice and set of meditations that came to be known as Reiki.

Rei can be translated as "spiritual guided" and Ki is "life force energy." So Reiki literally means "spiritual guided life force energy." Reiki practitioners are attuned to and then trained in the application of Reiki. We direct this energy during a Reiki session in order to help your body restore energy balance and vitality.

Science now recognizes that Reiki does shift the electro-magnetics of our bioenergetic field. A number of experiments continue to show that Reiki is a powerful aid in physical healing. In hospitals and controlled settings, Reiki has been proven to improve sleep, reduce pain, reduce nausea, reduce heart rate and improve relaxation in Cancer rehabilitation, and support the body process of healing in acute & chronic illness(1).

I (Dailey) have spoken to doctors, nurses, and patients who have found Reiki to be a wonderful support in healing medical challenges such as asthma, broken bones, old sports injuries, and fibromyalgia. While Reiki is not a substitute for all forms of medicine(2), studies and personal experience show it to be a life-changing complimentary therapy.


The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75%-95% of all visits to doctors are the results of reaction to stress. They call stress "America's #1 Health Problem" and it has been linked to increasingly common health problems including diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and infertility. Continual stress hinders the body's natural ability to repair itself. Reiki can help unblock the body's energetic pathways and support your natural healing process.

15% of over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as a part of hospital services in 2007 (3). This number is even larger today, with hospitals incorporating Reiki into treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention programs. Why? Because it works.


  • Accelerate Healing of Acute & Chronic Illness

  • Assist the Body in Cleansing Toxins

  • Balance the Flow of Chi

  • Help the Client Emotionally Transform

  • Be Safely Used in Conjunction with Other Healing Techniques

  • Help Heal And No Religious Belief is Required; Reiki is not a religion

When a person is in a Reiki healing session, their body relaxes similarly to the deep relaxation of meditation. Their brain patterns shift, placing them into the trance state most commonly associated with physical replenishment and healing. Reiki is highly relaxing, and does not cause harm. It helps your body naturally clear and repair.

In a session, a practitioner simply transmits Reiki energy. This may be done through gentle touch, a hands-off approach, or even over long physical distances. Training with an attuned teacher helps students master these healing styles. Reiki is done fully clothed, and can be received whether the participant believes in energy healing or not.

The Reiki Meditations

The founder, Mikao Usui intentionally created a system for well-being. He wanted people to able able to experience happiness. True to its roots, everyday people who learn how to lay on hands with Reiki, often find better peace of mind. A number of simple practices taught in the Reiki classes are rooted in buddhist meditation and mindfulness, but Reiki is not religious. As a lay monk, Usui could have created a sect or cult of his own, but he chose to create something easily accessible without religious dogma. Practicing quiet meditation and reflection each day, we are given the opportunity to recognize our challenges, and to overcome them with forethought and grace.

Being conscious of energetic nature of all things, we can cultivate more compassion, respect, and love for the world around us.

Reiki Blessings!



DAILEY LITTLE is a healing practitioner, transformational life coach, ordained Priestess, and teacher who founded Healing Heart Reiki to help others navigate life with joy. She teaches classes in healing and mindset from a magical peaceful corner of the world in Northern California. For more info see:

1. The lay person's reference for more is the article "Reiki in Hospitals" by William Lee Rand.

2. I have, in fact, seen profound and nearly instantaneous effects after people have received Reiki, but these have most often been the exception, not the rule. People leave physical and remote distance sessions feeling peaceful, more clear, more empowered, and in less pain, whether that is physical, spiritual, or emotional.

3. data from the American Hospital Association


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