Reiki involves the transfer of healing energy from one being to another. It channels energy from a person with high energy to one with low energy, aiding in a healing process or as a form of encouragement. It intensifies the power of a simple touch. Reiki is Japanese for “Universal Life Energy.”

You have used Reiki therapy many times without realising it. When you hug a bereaved friend to give comfort or rub the ankle of a wounded friend to ease the pain, you’re engaging in Reiki. When you rub your forehead to reduce aching intensity, you’re also practising Reiki. It’s a healing process that comes to us naturally.

You can do so much more with Reiki, however. You can aid a friend in passing a tough exam with a touch. You can stop insomnia and reduce blood pressure with a good therapy session. The uses of Reiki are unlimited. Here are 7 reasons why Reiki is good for you.

It Eases Depression and Anxiety

Depression is a condition that causes affected individuals to experience feelings of sadness, guilt, loss of interest in enjoyable activities, low self-esteem and sleep issues. Reiki enables people to "let go" of worry, anger and past hurts. It achieves this using healing chakras to restore a sense of mental and physical balance to the individual.

Reiki promotes relaxation and reduces stress

Reiki healing is one of the most relaxing treatments you can experience. It can help to alleviate pain, reduce tension in muscles and help relieve stress. The healing energy allows your mind to slow down and relax, initiating the innate healing of your immune system to provide calmness.

Improves body metabolism

Reiki can be beneficial as a weight loss aid. Just like yoga, Reiki can improve body metabolism and aid in digestion. It improves sleep patterns and discharges the blockages in your system, allowing your body to detox naturally.

It aids medical treatment

Reiki can be used as a complementary therapy to supplement medical treatment. Recent studies have shown that continual stress can block the body's natural ability to repair, regenerate and protect itself. It can also prevent it from responding to treatment. Reiki relaxes the mind and takes away all that stress. It is also believed to aid cancer treatments.

Reiki improves emotional stability

Reiki, just like deep meditation, can help you let go of overwhelming thought patterns.  It helps you see more clearly, and gives you a positive shift in perspective. It also enhances your ability to love and to form deeper connections with people. Reiki provides you with an overall sense of well-being.


  • What happens during a Reiki treatment?

During a Reiki treatment, the client lies on a couch fully clothed and the practitioner places both hands on the client and on chakra points along the spine. The treatment can be “hands off“– the hands are held slightly away from the body but above the chakra points. The treatment leaves the client feeling balanced rejuvenated and they feel a sense of peace and well-being.

  • Can Reiki harm pregnant women or babies?

“Reiki is perfectly safe to use on babies, pregnant women and the elderly, it can never cause any damage and it cannot be used to cause harm.” – Rekha Arjuna, Natural Reiki Healing UK.

  • What are the side effects of Reiki?

There are typically no side effects involved.  Some practitioners, however, warn patients that part of the healing process may involve a detoxifying cleanse that could take some time to get used to.

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