holistic healingEvery living human and animal has a vital life force energy flowing through them, often called Chi, Ki, or Prana. Throughout our everyday lives, this energy often gets “stuck” due to stress, trauma, illness, or other dis-eased states. Reiki helps to remove those blockages and to help that stuck energy flow through us.

Reiki is an energy healing treatment in which the practitioner will help to move ones energy that may be low or stuck, focusing on each of the seven chakras. Reiki does not have to involve touching the client, or even for the client to be present at the time of treatment. During the session, the client may feel a sense of deep relaxation, decreased pain, the rising of new emotions, ridding of negativity, and thought clarity. Reiki is not tied to any specific religion, therefore anyone can benefit from Reiki healing.

Reiki is broken down into three degrees, Reiki I, II, and III. Reiki I focuses on healing the self and others from a physical standpoint. Reiki II is more focused on emotional and mental healing, as well as distance healing; meaning the person receiving the healing does not have to be present for the session. Reiki III, the Master/Teacher degree, is for those who want to attune others to Reiki and pass their knowledge on and to channel healing energy at a higher level.

When you book an appointment with a Reiki practitioner, often they will have you fill out an intake form with general medical information or they will gather the information at a consultation. Tell your practitioner about any physical, emotional, or spiritual problems you may have so that they can direct more focus and awareness to healing those problems. The practitioner will have the client lie on the table (often a massage or reiki table) for the session. Reiki is always performed with clothes on. Reiki can be done with or without touching the client, so be sure to let your practitioner know if you are uncomfortable with physical touch; when healing over genital areas, the practitioner should always hold their hands above the area.

When I went for my first Reiki session, I did not completely know what to expect. While I knew a little bit about Reiki, I didn’t realize how powerful it could be. From the time my healer laid hands on me, I began to float off the table (not physically, but my body felt like it was turning upside down at times due to the shift in flow of energy). I could physically feel when she got to a place with stuck energy because it would tickle, feel numb, or my body would release it somehow (by coughing, sneezing, tearing up). During the session, I voiced anything I saw or heard with my practitioner, as sometimes messages are easily received due to the deep state of relaxation. When the session was over, I felt amazing. I was calm, had no thoughts running through my head, I felt centered and balanced. My generalized aches and pains were gone, and I slept amazing the next few nights after my session. The more I went for Reiki treatments, the more my overall health and stress level improved.

If you are looking for a practitioner, a great resource is This website is also helpful if you are looking for Reiki classes, manuals, articles, or stories.

Books I would recommend are:

  • Essential Reiki by Diane Stein
  • Essential Reiki Teaching Manual by Dian Stein
  • Reiki: The Healing Touch by William Lee Rand

Over the next several months, I will be going through each of the seven chakras, their meanings, and how to activate and remove blockages from them. Can’t wait to see you next month!


– Katie