About Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered "hands-on" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.


The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words, Rei which means "The Light" and Ki which is "Energy". 

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

History of Reiki

A scholar and Japanese Zen Buddhist named Mikao Usui developed Reiki in 1922. He drew from a number of Asian healing methods, such as that found in Tibetan Buddhist texts. Usui formed a Reiki organization and trained others in his technique.

Reiki in Medicine

Reiki has been integrated into the hospital setting with more than 800 hospitals offering it nationwide. These include the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and The Children’s Hospital in Boston. Reiki is commonly given pre-op, in the operating room, post-op, and in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics and internal medicine.


A reiki session can help ease tension and stress and support the body to facilitate healing. Reiki complements all types of medical and therapeutic treatments and increases the efficacy of these treatments. It is not a substitute for medical treatment.

Reiki treatment benefits noted by the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic include:

  • Supports the well-being of the client who is receiving medical treatments

  • Helps to relieve pain

  • Stimulates tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery

  • Stimulates the body’s immune system

  • Improves sleep

  • Reduces nausea

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Initiates the feeling of security, peace and wellness

  • Brings a peaceful, deep relaxation

  • Promotes natural self-healing

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has one of the largest Reiki volunteer programs in the country. The following is a quote from their website:

“Our data, based on feedback from patients, family members, and staff members who received Reiki sessions, as well as outside research show that Reiki promotes relaxation, relieves stress and anxiety, reduces pain and fatigue, and improves overall quality of life.”