What is Reiki, Really?

What is Reiki, Really?

By Kate Downes, LAc TCM Practitioner

Many of the holistic rituals we embrace at Pink Moon lie at the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern self-care – and Reiki is no different. Let’s explore the many benefits of Reiki and how you can experience this energetic healing ritual for yourself. 

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing practice that originated in Japan. The term “Reiki” comes from the words "Rei" (universal) and "Ki" (life force energy). During a session, a Reiki practitioner or Reiki master acts as a conduit for this universal life force energy to flow from the outside world to the recipient to promote healing, balance, wellness, and spiritual growth.

What is a Reiki Session Like?

Reiki itself is a very gentle experience, using only light touch or often no touch at all. In fact, Reiki can even be done from afar during distance Reiki sessions

Before starting a Reiki session, your practitioner may ask you a few questions to understand your intentions for the experience, any specific areas of concern, and about your overall well-being. 

If you are having an in-person session, you will lie down comfortably. The practitioner will gently place their hands on or above specific areas of your body, following a specific sequence of hand placements. They will keep their hands still for a few minutes in each position, allowing the healing energy to flow from their hands into your body.

Because energy healing is expansive and not limited by physical space, Reiki can also be done from anywhere. During a distance session, the practitioner taps into the same universal life force energy and uses visualization, meditation, and focused intention to guide this energy to you. As the practitioner channels the energy, it flows through your energy field, just as it would in an in-person session. You may experience sensations, emotions, or a deep sense of relaxation, even though the practitioner isn't physically present.

How Does Reiki Work?

Because we can’t “see” energy healing happening, it can be hard to imagine how something like Reiki works. 

Still, studies show that Reiki does have a powerful effect on our mental state leading to increased relaxation, better moods, and overall sense of well-being. Other studies show that Reiki has a powerful physiological effect too, leading to improvements in pain, drowsiness, tiredness, nausea, appetite, immunity, and shortness of breath. 

While researchers are still learning exactly how Reiki works, Reiki practitioners believe that this therapy’s benefits stem from the movement of energetic blockages and an abundance of healing energy. Practitioners can direct and focus energy to clear blockages, alleviate stress, promote relaxation, and support the body's natural healing processes (similar to acupuncture). 

Reiki and Self-Care

Reiki is a powerful way to enhance your self-care rituals. Along with an improved sense of well-being, Reiki can also help improve sleep, clear your mind, and may even lead to a stronger immune system. 

And of course, the mental benefits of Reiki are endless. Regular Reiki sessions can increase your stress resilience and ability to navigate life's ebbs and flows. By unblocking stagnant energy, Reiki invites harmony, relaxation, and a sense of inner peace that radiates outward.

How to Infuse Your Self-Care Rituals with the Power of Reiki

  • Meditate with Crystals
    Reiki practitioners often use healing crystals during their sessions to shift or enhance the energy of the ritual. You, too, can use crystals to bring clarity and intention to your meditation or self-reiki practice.

    Simply choose a Reiki-charged crystal and place it on a chakra center that needs balancing (learn more about chakra imbalances here). Place a hand on the chakra center above, and one below to open up a flow of energy as you practice your meditation or visualization.

  • Experience Distance Reiki with Lin
    Over the years, our founder Lin has experienced profound positive shifts in her well-being through the power of Reiki. Now, Lin is certified in Reiki (Levels I & II) and offers this wonderful tool for emotional healing to our Pink Moon community!

    Over an hour-long distance Reiki session with Lin, you’ll embark on a gentle healing journey through an intentional journaling exercise, oracle card reading, visual meditation, breath work, and the distance Reiki experience. After the session, you’ll debrief what you experienced and get a few recommendations for moving forward with clarity and ease.

    You’ll also receive a Reiki-charged aromatherapy perfume oil to continue your healing long after the session comes to a close:

Reiki is more than a relaxing way to wind down; it’s a ritual that opens the door to emotional healing, mental clarity, and empowering self-discovery. Book a Reiki session with our founder Lin and connect with your body's natural ability to heal and find balance with the energy that flows through us all.

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