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Beyond Massage: What is Reiki and How Can it Help You?

Posted by Awareness, 4/2/2024

Have you ever heard of Reiki but weren't quite sure what it was? You might be familiar with massage therapy, though they are similar in some ways Reiki offers a different approach to promoting relaxation and well-being. In this post, we'll delve into the world of Reiki, explore its potential benefits, and see how it can be a valuable addition to your wellness routine.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that originated in the early 1900s. The word Reiki itself comes from two Japanese characters: "rei" meaning "universal" and "ki" meaning "life force energy." This life force energy flows through all living things. During a Reiki session, the practitioner places their hands lightly on or above the client's body, with the intention of guiding this energy flow to promote healing and balance. Practitioner's may also use crystals to help facilitate a deeper healing or relaxation.

What are the Benefits of Reiki?

While scientific research on Reiki is ongoing, many people report experiencing a range of benefits after a session.  One of the primary benefits is deep relaxation and stress reduction. You can find more information about the use of Reiki for relaxation and stress management on the website of the Mayo Clinic, a trusted source for health information:  

Reiki may also help with:

Some studies have shown promise for Reiki in pain management.  The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) provides an overview of Reiki research on their website: 

It's important to remember that Reiki is a alternative/complementary therapy, and can be used alongside traditional medical treatments. It should not be used as a replacement and before receiving any Reiki be sure to talk to your primary provider about any changes you plan to make to be sure it is right for you.

What to Expect During a Reiki Session:

A typical Reiki session takes place in a comfortable, calming environment.  Clients remain fully clothed while lying down in a comfortable position or sitting comfortably in a chair. The Reiki practitioner will gently place their hands on or above specific points on the body, following a series of hand placements. Sessions typically last 30-60 minutes. Some people may feel warmth, tingling, or see colors during the session, while others may simply experience a deep sense of relaxation.


Reiki offers a gentle, non-invasive approach to promoting relaxation and well-being. If you're curious about alternative therapies and seeking ways to manage stress or improve sleep, Reiki may be worth exploring.  Speak with Awareness to learn more and see if it's right for you.