What Is Reiki Healing? Everything you Need to Know [Introduction]

by | Jun 19, 2022 | Reiki, Reiki Healing

What is Reiki Healing? A Simple Introduction to Reiki

Reiki is an ancient form of hands-on healing that harnesses Ki energy to promote deep relaxation and healing

There is a non-physical ubiquitous and universal energy that gives life to every living organism. For many thousands of years, we have known of this energy and have sought to develop ways to harness its power to heal and influence our lives. The Japanese call this energy Ki. It is also known as Chi by the Chinese, Prana by a number of Asian cultures and the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost by most of the western world.

We carry this energy in and around our bodies from the moment we are conceived. Ki is the very essence of the soul; it leaves the body when a person dies. Ancient Eastern cultures have harnessed and applied this energy for healing since before the birth of Jesus Christ.

Certainly, the importance of Ki energy and how it impacts our lives and well-being has long been recognised and this has led to the development of many techniques and disciplines such as Reiki, Tai Chi, Feng Shui, Meditation, Yoga and Acupuncture, which aim to stimulate the flow of Ki energy around the body to maintain health and energetic balance. Acupuncture for example uses needles to clear energy blocks at specific energy points in the body, Yoga uses breathing exercises, meditation and poses to activate and balance Ki, whilst Feng Shui looks to balance the flow of energy around a space by arranging items in a way that creates more harmony with the natural world. Reiki also works to bring more of this good Ki energy into our lives, by working to remove any negative and stagnant energy and rebalance the flow of Ki around the whole mind, body and spirit.


“Reiki is love. Love is wholeness. Wholeness is balance. Balance is well being. Wellbeing is freedom from disease”

– Dr Mikao Usui


Reiki is Holistic

In the Japanese Kanji writing system, the word Reiki is made up of two characters – ‘Rei’ and ‘Ki.’ Although the proper Japanese pronunciation is RYE-KEY, it has been westernised to RAY-KEY.

‘Rei’ means universal or omnipresent – present everywhere at the same time. Esoterically ‘Rei’ means spirit, spiritual consciousness or soul, the omniscient wisdom from God, the Divine or the higher self.

‘Ki’ means life force or life energy. It is the non-physical vitality that gives life to all living things. The word Reiki can therefore be translated as ‘Universal Life Force.’ This is essentially the energy of the Universe – the energy which makes up the earth and every one of the trillion cells in our body. It is neither positive nor negative; it is in fact the highest and most profound vibration of life. Divine in origin, it allows us all to become one with all things alive in our world. And we can harness its inbuilt wisdom to restore the body’s natural energy flow and stimulate our own natural self-healing abilities.

There are seven main energy centres in the body that control the flow of the universal life force. They are called the Chakra’s. Each chakra is responsible for supplying energy to specific parts of the body. When they are blocked or clogged the body becomes sick and the flow of energy is diluted. A full Reiki treatment reopens the chakras and re-balances the flow of the universal life force around the body.



Discover a Natural way to Relax, Re-balance and Heal with Reiki therapy

Learning Reiki is a life-changing experience. It is one of the simplest and safest self-healing techniques you can learn today and is becoming an increasingly popular way to naturally heal, relieve pain, reduce stress and anxiety and provide extraordinary relaxation. While many cultures have developed techniques and disciplines that stimulate the flow of Ki energy in and around the body, Reiki is one of the easiest to receive. The techniques used in Reiki are simple yet powerful, and the results can be remarkable. It doesn’t interfere with any medical treatments, has no adverse side effects and is suitable for everyone.

Deep Relaxation

Reiki provides deep relaxation and stress-relief, to help you find calm whenever you need it

Mind, Body & Soul

Reiki is Holistic therapy – it seeks out the root of the problem for profound healing on all levels


Feeling frazzled, overwhelmed and burnt-out? Reiki naturally boosts energy and vitality


Reiki stimulates your own natural healing abilities. It helps you take back control of your health

Clarity & Peace

Quiet all that mind clutter with simple energy techniques. Reiki helps you reset and re-centre

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The Three Levels of Reiki Training

Shoden – Reiki Level 1

The First Level of Reiki (called Shoden in Japanese) provides you with the Foundations of Usui Reiki. You learn to experience reiki energy for yourself through self-healing techniques and through the treatment of your own family, friends and pets. You will learn about the history and science of Reiki, the reiki principles and how Reiki works to rebalance your body’s natural energy system.

Okuden – Reiki Level 2

The Second Level of Reiki Training is called Okuden in Japanese. This next step provides you with a deeper understanding of Reiki and develop your ‘Reiki Instincts.’ You will study and master the first three Sacred Usui Reiki Symbols and learn how to apply them in your own daily life and in your professional Reiki healing practice to activate and amplify healing and send Reiki over any distance and to any point in time. It’s time to start seeing your own Reiki clients as part of your Reiki business!

Shinpiden – Reiki Level 3

The Third Level of Reiki Training is called Shinpiden in Japanese. This stage of the programme is really special as you learn the sacred Reiki Master Symbol which will completely transform your Reiki sessions. We guide you through the sacred Reiju ritual and other meditations and techniques for deep self-healing, energy cleansing and spiritual growth. At this Level you gain the ability to teach and train your own Reiki to your own students as you learn how to perform the Reiki initiation ceremony known as an Attunement, and how to run your own training workshops!


Reiki is…Our Members Share their Personal Definitions of Reiki

“Reiki is a gentle healing which brings your body to rest to help you relax, and restore and balance your energy. Imagine yourself as a depleted cell phone, the reiki practitioner is the phone charger plugged into universal energy to get you fully charged.”- Bridget Kelly

“It’s like when you were a kid and your mom kissed your boo boo. You had no clue how it worked or even why it worked but you absolutely knew it was going to only do good for you and immediately you felt better after.” -Jason B. Godoy

“Reiki serves to bring the body back in balance from the mental and emotional rigors of life as we experience it.” – Timothy Grossman

“Reiki is Life’s natural recharger. Plug in, relax, flick the switch and allow the energy to flow.” – Rachel Stokes-Lovel

“Reiki is a divine cosmic Energy. It’s not limited to time and space. A very wise ,smart and intelligent energy will reach the concerned person effectively. Reiki treatment feels like Sun bathing in divine light which leaves the recipient with a warm glow and a peaceful radiant aura! It permeates the recipient in a holistic way by treating the physical body , mind and emotions.” Swarnakumari Chella Nagarajan


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