Reiki Quick Facts
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress-reduction and relaxation that also stimulates the body's innate healing abilities. The Reiki practitioner uses hand techniques to help their client to move chi (Prana or life force energy) throughout their body, which results in mind, body and spiritual healing.
Where Did Reiki Originate?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is the Japanese word meaning “universal life force energy” (rei=universal, ki-=life force energy). Dr. Mikao Usui discovered Reiki during a meditative experience on Mt. Kurama in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Usui went on to train several masters, one of which was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a Japanese naval physician, who adapted and enhanced Usui's techniques. Through his work, Hayashi was sought out by a sickly Japanese-American woman named, Mrs. Hawayo Takata. With several Reiki treatments, Mrs. Takata had an amazing healing experience, curing all of her illnesses that had previously been unresponsive to more traditional Western treatments (at her home in Hawaii)! This led to her studying the art of Reiki with Dr. Hayashi. She later brought Reiki back home with her to Hawaii, where she continued to practice and teach until her passing in 1980. Since then, Reiki has been shared with millions of people all over the world!
How Can Reiki Be Used?
Reiki works in conjunction with modern medicine to reduce stress and bring one to a state of balance and inner peace. Reiki Practitioners, Masters and Teachers are not medical doctors or counselors and do not diagnose illness or prescribe medications to their clients. They also do not offer medical advice. Reiki has been shown, however, to be an excellent addition and complementary treatment to regular, supervised traditional medical care. It is utilized alongside modern medical interventions as a CAM treatment.
Is Reiki a Religious Practice?
No. Although Reiki was first discovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui, a practicing Shinto/Buddhist (Shugendō) monk and doctor, it does not adhere to any one particular religion. Reiki Practitioners & Master Teachers follow a variety of religious and spiritual paths and deeply respect all systems of belief and religions.
What Can I Expect During a Reiki Treatment?
- The client enters the Reiki Practitioner’s work-space where she will have a chair or massage table set up. The practitioner may play relaxing music, diffuse essential oils or burn incense/herbs before the session begins and throughout the session as well.
- The Reiki Practitioner explains what will occur during the session and answers any questions that the client may have. The client shares any concerns or issues that they are currently experiencing physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.
- The client lays on a massage table fully clothed or seated in a comfortable chair, whichever is most comfortable for them.
- The Reiki Practitioner then places her hands over various areas of the client’s body, focusing closely on any problem areas previously discussed with the client during the consultation process.
- Since Reiki is a “laying on of hands” technique, your practitioner may ask permission to lightly touch you. However, it is important to note that the entire session may be done without physical touch, as placing hands over the body works just as effectively. The client always determines if touching is appropriate and a properly trained energy worker will always respect our client's wishes.
- A session will usually last anywhere between 20 minutes to one hour or more. The length of the session will be determined during the consultation process.
- After the session is complete, the Reiki Practitioner will provide water to the client in order to flush the system of toxins.
- Finally, the Reiki Practitioner will provide the client with tips to help maintain their optimal energetic well-being.
How is Reiki Taught?
Reiki is generally learned in three or four different levels/degrees (Reiki 1, Reiki 2, Reiki 3/ Mastery and Reiki 4/Master-Teaching). Reiki is learned through a combination of study, practice and attunements. An attunement is the process by which the Reiki student receives or activates the energy of Reiki within them. An attunement is passed from teacher to student.
Many teachers in first degree (Reiki 1) will instruct about self-healing work, meditation/conscious breathing practices, the history/origins of Reiki and will receive their first attunement.
In second degree (Reiki 2), students learn how to heal others through hands-on practice, conduct much deeper self-healing, learn basic physical, emotional and spiritual anatomy, and receive a second attunement.
Third degree (Reiki 3/Master-Practitioner) teaches students how to better control the Reiki energy through their bodies, how to set up a space to conduct a Reiki session for compensation, or as a volunteer service, ethics and best practices in Reiki, and alternative tools to help enhance the Reiki experience of the client (crystals, essential oils, music, bells, gongs, pillows, bolsters, blankets, support animals, etc). This level also teaches students the various applications of Reiki, including how to perform distance healing for clients, as well as, Reiki for plants, animals and the global community. If a student does not wish to go on and teach others the art of Reiki, they will receive their Reiki Lineage, which details the history of healers that have gone before them, tracing back to Dr. Mikao Usui.
*Some Reiki Master Teachers choose to teach Reiki Level 3 and Level 4 as one class. This class is generally more intensive, as it covers much more material, and therefore, may be held as two-day workshops.*
Where Can I Find a Reiki Master Teacher?
Many metaphysical shops, wellness centers and alternative healing communities host Reiki Master Teachers on a regular basis. Search the web for your local center! Stop in for a visit! Meet the healers! Most all Reiki Master Teachers practice Reiki one-on-one with clients, or in group sessions called. "Reiki Shares"; you can sign up for a session or share and inquire about classes/training with the practitioners.
Another excellent resource is spiritually-based, holistically-focused and alternative medicine journals and magazines. These often have resources regarding Reiki and other holistic healing services. Some online media sources may have an online directory of holistic healers that you can view!
How Much Does Reiki Training Cost?
The cost of training varies depending on the Reiki Master Teacher. Traditionally, Mrs. Takata charged as follows: $175 1st Degree, $500 2nd Degree and Master Teacher $10,000 and some do still charge these rates.
However, some teachers offer classes for as low as $50 per level, while others charge a median price of $125-$200 per level. The highest cost for Reiki that I have personally seen (outside the traditional price-points set by Mrs. Takata) is $500-$1,500.00 per level. Reiki Training Retreats may cost even more depending on the experience of the teacher, supplies and room and boarding costs.
You will have to discuss pricing with your potential teacher, before committing to training. Some may be able to offer you special discounts or payment plans (I personally offer a sliding scale for my students and payment plans, if needed). You may even choose to take each level from a different Reiki Teacher--that's okay too!
In my own experience, it is best to ask around in order to meet potential teachers, compare prices and gauge the overall quality of the training program, before committing to taking your first class. Each Reiki student has their own needs and it's important to find a teacher and training that suits you well.