A lot has been said about this therapeutic Japanese technique. It is considered an art as well as a form of alternative therapy that is very effective in reducing stress and promoting healing and relaxation. But what really is Reiki and how does one get from a usual Reiki treatment? Let us define Reiki and examine some of its most beneficial effects to our physical, mental, and spiritual being.

Reiki Defined

In more general terms, Reiki is a practice that entails the transmitting of ‘universal energy’ from the Reiki therapist’s palms to the patient/individual. The therapist uses a simple yet effective technique through laying his hands lightly on the patient and works in a way that he transfers energy, which is therapeutic in all levels – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. The practice actually speaks for its name – ‘rei’ meaning spiritual and ‘ki’ meaning vital energy. Although there has been no substantial evidence that proves Reiki’s effectiveness, the practice has quite a number of followers who believe that Reiki has healed their physical and mental pains.


How Does It Actually Work?

A typical first Reiki session usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, and the succeeding ones about 45 minutes. However, some practitioners take longer, or shorter, to treat their patients, perhaps depending on what kind of illness or condition they are trying to treat.


The procedure starts with the patient being asked to lay down on the massage table, with all clothes on – although some patients prefer to sit down. The practitioner then positions his hands on or near the patient’s body parts such as the stomach, head, shoulders, feet and other parts that the client wishes to be treated. The practitioner’s hands are placed on each body part for about 10 minutes, transferring his energy onto the client’s body and working on reducing stress and tension and promoting relaxation.




An effective Reiki session is expected to produce a calming and peaceful feeling. Patients have varied descriptions of their of the effects of Reiki on them, but some similar effects reported were anxiety and stress relief, rejuvenation, and a feeling of positivity. Other patients also describe themselves as being afloat and seeing colorful visions. Additionally, there have been some reports of the positive effects of Reiki on chemotherapy pain, cold, bee stings, leukemia, and depression.


When Does it Not Work?


When the Reiki treatment does not work or if the patient has not felt any positive effect after a usual session, there are a few reasons that we can attribute it to. The first one is too much expectation. If you think that with one treatment, your back pain or your anxiety would quickly disappear, then think again. Reiki requires patience, as it cannot work magically. It would be too good to be true if a chronic back pain is cured after one Reiki session!


Concentration and focus should also be possessed both by you and your practitioner. The technique of transferring energy to heal so it takes just more than the simple laying of the hands without any reflection whatsoever from the practitioner or even from the patient.


Lastly, when the techniques are not consistently performed, the end product is almost always a failure. Practitioners become better at the practice through experience. Thus, choosing a seasoned and talented practitioner also does make a difference.