Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese restorative technique that can be used to reduce stress and encourage general relaxation, while promoting overall well-being. Reiki is a form of energy work, in which hands are placed off the body or lightly touching the body, as in “laying on of hands.” The intention is to create deep relaxation, help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms one may be experiencing. Reiki can also be done “long-distance,” (shared in Reiki Level 2).

The word “Reiki” is comprised of two Japanese words, Rei and Ki. An exact interpretation can be difficult when translating Japanese into English, there are many levels of meaning in the Japanese language. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind the context in which the word is being used when attempting to communicate its essence. In the framework of this course, we will use the definition handed down in the Usui tradition, Rei, meaning “Universal” and Ki, meaning “Life Force Energy”.

Reiki is a safe, simple, non-invasive and natural method that can be used by anyone. It has been shown to be consistently effective in treating a number of physical, mental and emotional ailments and conditions. It also works to compliment other medical or therapeutic techniques, e.g. relieve side effects of medication and promote recovery following surgery, illness or injury.

Optimum health is a holistic and dynamic state of balance. Reiki works to restore that balance, freely flowing to affected areas and raising the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body, thus, clearing stagnate, (or blocked), regions allowing the life force to move through in a natural and highly beneficial way.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religious basis, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work regardless of one’s belief system. Because Reiki is Universal, many people find that continued use promotes a deeper understanding and connection to their personal beliefs.


Reiki works at restoring balance on all levels and works directly on the problem or condition without masking or only relieving symptoms.

Some of the benefits of Reiki are:

  • Dissolves energy blocks
  • Promotes the natural balance between mind, body and spirit
  • Increases energy levels
  • Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension
  • Clears the mind and improves focus
  • Accelerates the body’s self-healing ability
  • Aids better sleep
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps relieve pain
  • Assists the body in cleansing itself from toxins
  • Supports the immune system
  • Helps spiritual growth and emotional cleansing
  • Promotes creativity
  • Compliments all traditional medical treatment