Published on March 11th 2024

Examining the Essential Power of Reiki Treatment


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Examining the Essential Power of Reiki Treatment



Examining the Essential Power of Reiki Treatment

Table of Contents


. What Is Reiki?


. When can Reiki therapy help you?


. Pain Management


. Insomnia


. Mental Health


. Improved Quality of Life


. Do You Need to See a Reiki Master for Your Therapy?


. Distant Reiki Healing


. Reiki Self-Treatment


. What Are the Different Hand Positions for Reiki Self-Treatment?


. Hands on the Face


. Hands on the Neck


. Hands on the Upper Chest


. Hands on the Lower Chest


. Hands on the Upper Abdomen


. Hands on the Lower Abdomen


. Hands on the Pelvic Region


. Hands on the Hips


. Frequently Asked Questions about Reiki Treatment


. How Long Does a Reiki Session Last?


. How Is Reiki Different from Acupuncture?


. Does Reiki always work?


. Is Reiki the Therapy you're looking for?

While surfing through the world of alternative medicine, you would have probably come across the term "reiki.”. What does reiki treatment mean? Can it help you lead a healthier and, thus, better life?

In this article, we’ll take you through the essentials of reiki, helping you decide if it is the right therapy for you.

Let’s delve into the realm of reiki!

What Is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy-based healing technique developed in Japan in the early 20th century. The word reiki is made of "rei,” meaning universal, and "ki,” denoting life energy (also known as “chi” or "prana"). The foundation of reiki lies in the interaction of a person’s energy field with universal life energy.

Reiki healing involves realigning the energy field of the patient with the “chi” to cure them of physical, mental, or psychological ailments. In most cases, a licensed practitioner, or "reiki master," gently touches the patient's body during reiki therapy.

This no-pressure touch aims at restoring the vital energy of the patient or opening their blocked energy channels. According to reiki, the energy system of an individual can get disturbed due to trauma, and the touch of a reiki expert can transfer the universal energy to the patient, healing them. Sometimes, the healer may hold their hands over the patient’s body without directly touching the person.

Now, you may be wondering if Reiki is the right solution for your problem. Let’s find out.

When can Reiki therapy help you?

You can consider reiki healing as a complementary treatment taken along with your primary medications. To better understand if Reiki will suit your needs, it’d be best to identify the areas where it has proven to be useful. We’ll cover them here.

1. Pain Management

Studies suggest that reiki can help reduce pain in various physical conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Dental surgery
  • Abdominal hysterectomy
  • Post-Caesarean recovery
  • Other chronic pain conditions

It has also been found to be effective in the case of community-dwelling adults who suffer from age-related or other diseases.

2. Insomnia

The positive effects of reiki on insomnia were observed during a study conducted on a group of female nursing professionals. If you suffer from sleep-related issues such as insomnia, nightmares, or hot flashes at night, reiki can bring some relief.

3. Mental Health

Reiki can help individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Reiki treatment can benefit otherwise physically healthy people suffering from mental health issues, as well as those whose anxiety or depression is linked to a physical condition. An example of the latter can be women who develop depression after undergoing a breast biopsy or abdominal hysterectomy.

Reiki healing has also proved effective in improving symptoms of depression among the elderly, spanning the age group of 65–91.

4. Improved Quality of Life

Reiki therapy can have positive effects on the quality of life of hospitalized patients, particularly those battling different stages of cancer.

Are you dealing with the physical or mental conditions given above and would like to try reiki? The following sections will guide you further.

Do You Need to See a Reiki Master for Your Therapy?

Although practitioners are typically physically present with you during reiki therapy, it is also possible to use remote and self-treatment modes. Let’s see how that works.

1. Distant Reiki Healing

Reiki healing can be extended beyond the constraints of space and time by a trained practitioner. For example, it can be used for someone who is not physically present with the reiki master or to unblock the energy channels of a person in their past or future. However, this requires the consent of the recipient, and they should be in a relaxed state while the reiki master sends the healing energy.

If you don't feel comfortable having the reiki practitioner touch you, choosing distant reiki can also be helpful.

2. Reiki Self-Treatment

You can also perform reiki therapy on your own in the form of reiki full-treatment. This means using the various hand positions consistently over a period of time. Something to note while performing reiki therapy on yourself is to go beyond the affected area and focus on your body as a whole.

For instance, practice reiki self-treatment using all of the hand positions rather than just the one where you place your hands close to your head if you suffer from persistent headaches.

This brings us to our next topic: the different hand positions during reiki self-treatment.

What Are the Different Hand Positions for Reiki Self-Treatment?

Giving yourself reiki provides you with the freedom to customize your therapy according to your needs. Here, you’ll have to be familiar with the various hand positions and the areas that they target. We’ll list them here:

1. Hands on the Face

It is helpful for problems related to the eyes, sinuses, nose, pituitary, and pineal glands.

2. Hands on the Neck

This position targets the air and food pipes, lymph nodes, thyroid and parathyroid glands, voice box, and throat chakra.

3. Hands on the Upper Chest

It affects the thymus gland and the high heart chakra.

4. Hands on the Lower Chest

You can address the heart, lungs, breasts, and the heart chakra through this.

5. Hands on the Upper Abdomen

This position deals with the stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder, and the solar plexus chakra.

6. Hands on the Lower Abdomen

It helps you with issues related to the small intestine, transverse colon, and lower abdominal chakra.

7. Hands on the Pelvic Region

It targets the ascending and descending colon, parts of the small intestines, the female reproductive system, and the root chakra.

8. Hands on the Hips

With this position, you can work on issues related to the hip joints, lymph nodes, and legs.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Reiki Treatment

Here are three common questions that may further your understanding of reiki therapy.

1. How Long Does a Reiki Session Last?

A typical reiki healing session can last between 60 and 90 minutes. How often you should get the reiki treatment depends on your physical and mental health. An experienced reiki practitioner can help you figure out the frequency of sessions by taking into account the various factors related to your case.

2. How Is Reiki Different from Acupuncture?

Though both acupuncture and reiki belong to the category of alternative medicine and have their origins in the East, they do differ. Acupuncture involves the practitioner inserting thin needles into the patient’s body. This makes it a necessarily in-person form of treatment, unlike reiki, which can be performed from a distance as well.

3. Does Reiki always work?

It is hard to scientifically establish reiki’s effectiveness as a therapy due to a lack of empirical evidence. Reiki can be used as a supplement to conventional modern medicine, mainly for pain management and stress reduction, but it isn’t a substitute for the latter.

Despite the fact that there are some studies that back up the claim that reiki has healing powers, there are very few of them, and the scientific community questions their research methods.

Is Reiki the Therapy you're looking for?

Explore reiki to find out if it helps you achieve better physical, mental, and spiritual health. Perhaps it will turn out to be your go-to therapy once you’ve experienced it! However, sometimes you may have to be patient and undergo a few sessions to figure out Reiki’s effectiveness.

If you are undergoing treatment for a physical or mental issue, it’d be best to consult your doctor before starting with reiki. Fortify their prescribed medicines and therapies with reiki to proceed towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Reviewed by


Dr. Rajashri Sonti

Ayurveda Physician