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What Is Reiki ?

Updated: Nov 13, 2021


What Is Reiki Healing?


Reiki is a universally beneficial healing modality that can improve your physical, mental, and emotional wellness. If you are interested to learn more about this alternative treatment, read on to find out what Reiki is in terms of definition and history, how it works, the benefits, and which type of Reiki practitioner you should use for your health and well-being.


What Is Reiki?

Reiki Overview

Reiki is an alternative health approach which involves the placement of the practitioner’s hands on or slightly above the body of the patient, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

This alternative health technique originates from an Eastern belief in qi or ki (pronounced “chi”) special energy that promotes the inborn ability of the human body to heal itself.

Reiki Definition

The Reiki meaning stems from two Japanese words. “Rei” means universal, while “ki” refers to the life force energy which flows through all living things.

Reiki History

Usui is the most well-known type of Reiki out of the approximately 30 forms of Reiki. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, taught and practiced Usui Reiki in Japan back in the 1900s, according to an article published by Forbes.

This branch of Reiki spread to Hawaii and the Western world in the 1930s. Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American lady, returned to Japan on a healing quest. Her goal was to overcome the asthma, lung problems, and nervous breakdown which she developed after her husband passed away.

Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who was one of the students personally taught by Mikao Usui, shared his Reiki knowledge with Takata. The healing and recovery she experienced in Japan inspired her to become the first practitioner to teach Reiki in the West after she went back to Hawaii.

Takata chose to avoid using the term “reiki” because of anti-Asian prejudice in the U.S. during the time of World War II. She called her establishment in Kauai island a “healing studio.” Takata adapted the Reiki principles to make it more relatable for her students who spoke the English language. She was able to train 22 students in modern Reiki.

At present, thousands of practitioners all over the globe are trained in Usui and other branches of Reiki.

What Is Reiki Healing?

Reiki aims to boost the well-being of someone by influencing the innate energy of people and other living beings. It is commonly described as medicine just without the needles.

These are the two main principles of Reiki healing:

● It aims to direct the flow of energy to improve the well-being of a person by stimulating the healing response of the body.

● It seeks to remove energy blocks which may cause health issues by hindering the natural flow of energy in the body.

What Is Reiki Good For?

Effectiveness of Reiki

There is scientific evidence that Reiki is effective beyond a placebo effect, according to a study by the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine.

Researcher David E. McManus reviewed the available clinical studies related to Reiki. Eight out of the 13 studies showed that Reiki is more potent compared to placebos. McManus concluded Reiki is a safe, gentle complementary therapy which can stimulate the nervous system to activate healing for both the body and mind of a person.


Benefits of Reiki

Pain Management


Reiki can potentially alleviate pain caused by medical surgery, treatments, and other health conditions. It can minimize the pain after a cesarean section, knee operation, or cancer therapy.

Health Improvement

It may also aid in the management of health conditions like hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, and blood cancer. Reiki improves the quality of life of patients who have blood cancer, according to a research paper published by the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.

Researchers Zilda Alarcão and Jaime R.S. Fonseca compared the effect of “real Reiki” versus “pretend Reiki” on two groups of patients. The group which received “real Reiki” displayed a greater improvement in overall, physical, social, and environmental aspects of their lives compared to the other group.

Relaxation Promotion and Stress Reduction

Reiki is an alternative therapy which can promote relaxation and reduce stress. A study conducted by the Journal of Integrative Medicine analyzed the effects of a self-Reiki program on college students. All the students who participated in the experiment encountered stress within the month before they tried Reiki.

Researcher Elaine L. Bukowski shared that most of the participants agreed that Reiki is a useful method can decrease stress levels. The results of the study validate the calming effect of Reiki.

Mental Health Improvement

Reiki can potentially enhance the mental health of a person. A research paper published by the Holistic Nursing Practice journal shows Reiki has a positive role in mental health care.

Juceli Andrade Paiv Morero and his fellow researchers reviewed 11 studies which explored the effects of Reiki on the mental health condition of individuals. The results reveal Reiki can possibly minimize the symptoms of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.

Sleep Enhancement

Reiki may possibly improve the sleeping habits and patterns of an individual. It can help a person to overcome insomnia and its draining effects. The study by the Holistic Nursing Practice journal also indicates Reiki could minimize the symptoms of sleep disorders.




What Happens During Reiki Sessions?

Reiki Sessions in General

Each Reiki session is unique. After all, there is no standard process or time frame for these sessions. Reiki may be performed by different practitioners in various environments. As a result, there is no one-size-fits-all Reiki treatment for all patients.

Nevertheless, there are general points that you can expect during full or modified full sessions from Reiki practitioners who have undergone a minimum of first-degree training, based on resources from the University of Minnesota.

Peaceful Setting: Most Reiki treatments take place in peaceful environments. It may be a dedicated area in a studio, clinic, hospital, nursing home, or other similar settings. It may also be a space that is created in your home in case the practitioner makes a house call to you.

Calming Music or Silence: Soft music is usually played during Reiki sessions to promote relaxation and to minimize ambient noise. However, silence is also an option if you prefer it to music.

Length of Time: There is no officially recommended time period for Reiki treatments. In general, private practitioners commonly hold sessions that last for 30 minutes or longer. However, professionals who practice Reiki in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers, and similar healthcare environments usually hold shorter sessions that are 15-20 minutes long.

Intake Procedure: The intake process is conducted by some Reiki practitioners who have training in other healthcare therapies. They may supply intake forms that you can fill in before the session. As an alternative, they may perform a health interview. Be sure to inform your Reiki practitioner about health conditions or touch sensitive body areas which may influence your Reiki treatments.

Full Clothing: You will usually remain fully clothed as you undergo Reiki sessions, while sitting on a cozy chair or lying down on a massage table.

Non-Invasive Touch: Reiki treatments are typically administered through the hands of the practitioner. They will also apply gentle, non-invasive touch on different body areas, such as the head and torso. The practitioner may also lay hands on your limbs if necessary.

Varying Effects: Reiki sessions have a variety of immediate effects on different patients. You may possibly fall into a deep meditative state. As an alternative, you may feel emotional. There is also a chance you will simply feel peaceful, but much better in physical and mental ways. The overall impact of Reiki on people is generally positive and uplifting.


Reiki Sessions at the Well-Being Company

At the Well-Being Company, you can expect a Reiki session to be calming and energizing. The session will start as you comfortably lie down on a massage table while staying fully clothed. Feel yourself relax as you bask in the soothing music and the soft lighting.

The Reiki practitioner, Christal Medina, will use her hands to lift and remove the Stagnant Energy from your aura. The session will continue as she directs the healing energy to your 7 Main Chakras.

She will evaluate the current functions and vibrations of your Chakras one by one. She will gently guide open every single Chakra to enable it to perform to its maximum potential. As the session draws to a close, Christal will scan your body for areas of concern. Finally, she will close your chakra and seal your aura.

The Reiki sessions with Christal and the Well-Being Company are 30 – 45 minutes long.


Reach Out to the Well-Being Company to Experience Energizing Reiki Healing Sessions

Get ready to experience the invigorating effects of Reiki by connecting with us at Well-Being Company in New York.

The Traditional Reiki Healing Sessions by Christal Medina will restore harmony and peace to your whole body, spirit, and mind. Discover freedom from emotional trauma, mental stress, physical pain, and insomnia.


We recommend that you undergo four sessions within a limited span of time to give your body the opportunity to bring back its optimal energy balance. This will increase the positive effects of the natural healing method on a daily basis.


Christal is the force behind the Well-Being Company. She is a fully certified Master Energy Healer in the Art of Reiki. She is a Registered Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher (RMT) with the International Association of Reiki Professionals. She is a Licensed Medical professional who also practices Intuitively.

This why Christal is more than qualified to offer holistic services and other alternative treatments and training that will enhance your physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Fill out the Client Intake Form to begin your Reiki healing journey with Christal and the Well-Being Company.


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