Reiki: What Is It?


Reiki is a Japanese term meaning Universal/Sacred/Spiritual (Rei) Life Force Energy (Ki). You will find a slightly different translation of this word depending on where and whom you ask! A good summary of the term can be found here. (The word is pronounced RAY-key, in case you were wondering!)


Reiki is a practice that allows for greater, deeper connection to the energy in and around all life (ki), also known as Chi or Prana. When this energy is flowing freely throughout our bodies, we are in a state of balance and well-being. When the flow is disrupted, we experience dis-ease.

During a Reiki session, a practitioner allows the Reiki energy to flow from the Universe, through the practitioner, and into the person receiving the Reiki. Think of the practitioner as a drinking straw – neither pushing nor pulling any energy, merely acting as a vessel (albeit a conscious and loving one!) through which this life energy can flow into you and assist in clearing any energetic blockages or resistance.


What can I expect during a Reiki session? 

A session is different for each person.

Here’s what you can expect from an in-person session (I’m on the road these days, so in-person sessions are few and far between): You will lie fully clothed on a Reiki table in a relaxing room with low light and soothing music. I gently place my hands on your head and work down your chakras and any other points along your body that might need some extra energy. I typically work down the  front and then the back of your body. The Reiki session takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. Each session is different, but common experiences include feeling deeply relaxed, joyful, loving, experiencing emotional release, feeling tingly or “buzzed”, and feeling rejuvenated or re-energized.

For a virtual session, we can connect via Skype or a similar platform and talk about what’s going on in your world, and what changes you’re hoping to make or the areas you want some insight around. I then send the Reiki to you for a specified time when you will be relaxed, such as shortly after going to bed, and send an email synopsis of the messages received, along with a personalized roadmap with steps and resources for creating more of the life you want and accessing your own deepest wisdom. I can also send Reiki for a time you might need an extra boost of energy or relaxation, such as during an important job interview. Reiki knows no time nor space, so the possibilities are endless!


Why do people get Reiki sessions?

Each session is unique and people choose to receive Reiki for a variety of reasons, some of which include:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Support during a difficult time
  • Heard about Reiki and it just felt like the “right” time to try it
  • Feeling stuck or as if there’s just something missing in one’s life
  • Pain relief and/or assistance in dealing with acute or chronic ailments
  • Ready to take the next step in one’s life journey
  • Wanting to strengthen and deepen the body-mind-spirit connection
  • Clearing and opening one’s chakras
  • A friend told me about this and it sounds interesting!


If you feel a session could be helpful for you on some level – you’re right! Reiki is beneficial for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. I’m always happy to answer additional questions – please reach out!

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