Is Reiki Really An Efficient Energy Healing Technique?

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Reiki, commonly known as energy healing is a form of therapy that emerged in Japan. It started being widely practiced during the late 1800s. Reiki healing is known to be done by transferring universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to the receiver.

Energy healing has been in practice for centuries in different forms. It usually works with the energy fields around the body. Although it is hard to prove from a scientific point of view, several people have benefitted from reiki, and it is gaining immense popularity.

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What Is Reiki?

While in English the word ‘reiki’ means ‘miraculous sign’ or ‘mysterious atmosphere’, it is derived from joining two Japanese words, ‘rei’ meaning ‘universal’ and ‘ki’ meaning life energy. It is done by placing your hand over the patients or the affected area. It is more commonly known as hands-on-healing or palm healing.

As per the practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body over a single area that has been physically injured or in emotional pain. Given enough time, these energy blocks can cause deteriorating effects.

Almost all energy medicine aims to help remove these blocks and enhance the free flow of energy. Its function is very similar to acupuncture. Improving this energy flow can provide signs of reduced pain and relaxation and reduce several other similar illness symptoms.

The main form of this practice, now used by millions was first established by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist, in the year 1922. This Buddhist reportedly taught this method to more than 1,500 people in his lifetime. However, it spread further to the United States of America through Hawaii during the late 1940s and later to Europe during the 1980s.

Different Techniques Of Reiki

There are many reiki techniques a practitioner has to learn. Here mentioned below are some of those:

  • Centering
  • Beaming
  • Clearing
  • Infusion
  • Extraction of harmful energy
  • Raking and smoothing the aura


How Does A Reiki Session Proceed?

Although best suited to a calm and peaceful place, one can take online reiki training almost anywhere. Every patient has to sit or lie down comfortably for the process to begin. You can also play some calming music. This mainly depends on the preference of the patient.

The practitioner will either place their hand on or hover over a specific area near the head, limb, or torso. There are at least  20 different regions the practitioner can place their hands on. The whole process takes about 3 to 6 minutes.

If the patient has any specific injury, be it emotional or physical, the practitioner usually focuses on that area.

Once the hand is held and steady, positive energy is transferred to the negatively charged energy. Several practitioners have experienced a tingling sensation or warmth while conducting a session. Every hand position only lasts till the practitioner connects and feels there is energy transfer.


If the energy has stopped flowing is typically judged by the warmth or sensation on the practitioner’s hand. Once they feel the energy transfer is over, they move on to the other affected area.