Reiki FAQs

Q. Where does Reiki energy come from?

A. Reiki energy is subtle energy. It is different than electricity or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy. Reiki energy comes from the higher power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical world we are familiar with. When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioners head after which it flows through the body and out the hands. It appears to flow this way because of our perspective. However, the true source of Reiki energy is within ourselves.

Q. Is Reiki a religion?

A. Although Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.

Q. How is a Reiki treatment given?

A. In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places his/her hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach and feet. Other, more specific, positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position is held for 3 to 10 minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.

Q. What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

A. What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person-to-person. However, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. As the Reiki energy encourages one to let of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings, a state of peace and well-being is experienced.

Q. What can be treated with Reiki?

A. Reiki has had a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healing’s which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. Stress reduction with some improvement in one’s physical and psychological condition are what most experience.

Q. Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment?

A. No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed healthcare professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.

Q. Is it safe for pregnant women?

A. Since Reiki is guided by the higher power, the energy will know the condition of the client or student and adjust appropriately. It can only do good. Many pregnant women have received treatments with great benefit to them and their unborn child. It has also been used during childbirth.

Q. What about babies?

A. Babies love Reiki. It is very healthy for them. Do not worry about it being too strong. Reiki automatically adjusts to what the baby needs.

Q. Can you treat animals or plants?

A. Animals love Reiki too. They seem to have a natural understanding of what Reiki is and its benefits. Once a pet has received a Reiki treatment, they will often let you know that they want more. Reiki is beneficial to plants too.

Q. Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?

A. Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache or a stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process, so this is a good sign.

Q. Does insurance cover Reiki treatments?

A. Reiki is just starting to be recognized by insurance companies. While not many are covering treatments, some are. Check your local insurance company for details.

Q. What is Reiki lineage?

A. Reiki is a technique that is passed on from teacher to student over and over. If one has a Reiki attunment, then she/he will be part of a secession of teachers leading back to the founder of the system of Reiki one is practicing. In the case of Usui Reiki, the lineage would lead back to Dr. Usui.