Definition of Reiki

Reiki pronounced ‘ray-key, is a non-invasive, form of alternative/complementary healing/therapy. Reiki comes from the Japanese words “rei” which means “universal” and “ki” which means “life force”. Drawing upon what is known as “universal life force energy” or “chi”, energy is passed through the giver to the receiver.

The receiver may (or may not) feel hot/warm or cold sensations as the unseen energy moves around the body directing itself to where the receiver most needs it. This can be on a physical, psychological or emotional level. It helps to re-balance the body and also to clear the mind, calm emotions and re-connect with our spirituality.

The receiver is normally laying down in order to receive this treatment, but it can also be received in a sitting position, which makes it a good all round treatment for those who have little or restricted movement, or those who need to remain in a particular position. The receiver remains fully clothed throughout the treatment.

Reiki Treatments

There is no massage and no pressure exerted.

The giver administers a treatment by positioning their hands in certain positions around the body (predominantly chakra points but other areas relating to major organs are also covered), working on the head, eyes, ears, throat, chest, heart, stomach, reproductive area, knees and feet, back, shoulders etc, amongst others.

The giver does not even have to touch the receiver in order to give the treatment, their hands resting, perhaps, just a few centimetres away. Therefore, if the receiver may feel a little claustrophobic if someones hands are over their face, then treatment can still be just as effective a slight distance away.


Reiki can be learnt by anyone who has a sincere desire to help improve health and well-being. It is totally safe and natural. It can be equally used for self-treatments or to help others.

This form of therapy is unique in the fact that it does not drain the giver as they are a channel for the energy to flow through rather than giving their own energy in the healing process.

It can be incorporated within other therapies as well, massage being one in particular, as it can aid in release of muscle tensions where over-massaging can cause discomfort, Reiki can work gently releasing the tension in knotted muscles without an ounce of pressure.

For those who have had completed advanced training of Reiki, absent or distance healing can also be achieved, where healing energies can be directed to those who the therapist cant physically be able to reach.

It is easy for people to learn Reiki. The best way is to find yourself a workshop (which should ideally be taken during the course of a couple of days), where you will meet a Reiki Master, discuss the principles of Reiki, learn some history and experience Reiki for yourself. In the same workshop, you will become ‘attuned to Reiki (there are four attunements which are given to you by the Reiki Master in order for you to access the ‘universal energy and you will then learn how to give treatments, both to others and to yourself.

This initial workshop is normally called the First Degree. There are several further Degrees to attain if you wish to learn more, taking you up to Reiki Master level. Predominantly, you would obtain your First Degree, and then practice with your new found skills until confident and knowledgeable enough before proceeding on to the Second and Third Degrees.