What is Reiki? The Response You’ve Been Looking For.

You are likely here because you have never received Reiki, you are not a practitioner, and you want to know what it actually does…how does it relate to you? Not to worry, I’m not going to go into the whole spiel of what the practitioner does or who the founder was. That is everywhere on the internet, and if I’m not your first stop, it’s what you already know. I’m also not going to spend our time “proving” that it works. There was a 2019 Harvard study that has already done that. Instead, I’m going to tell you what it can, and usually does, do for people…people like you.


Quickly stated, Reiki Therapy helps to provide people with calm, focus, energy, and balance by helping to reduce the stress and emotional blockages that bog us down.

The fact of the matter is that we and everything around us are primarily made of energy. Our feelings and emotions also carry an energy with them. You know this because the moment you are angered or sad, it is not simply an emotion. You literally feel it in your body. On most occasions, with simple agitation or simple sadness…say from watching a sad movie…we feel it and it leaves. However, when something more significant happens, such as a death or loss…or when repeated instances of something small happens, such as emotional abuse from someone close to you, the energy comes in and accumulates. It is stored, typically, in its related chakra. Chakras are the main energy centers in our bodies. Click on my email link below (or HERE) if you want to learn more, I will be doing an article on chakras soon.

When negative energies are stored in our body long enough, we can develop physical issues such as migraines (typically stored in the third-eye chakra), stomach issues (typically stored in the solar plexus chakra), or low back issues (typically stored in the sacral or root chakra). Studies have proven that stress and storing of negative emotions a/k/a negative energy can lead to chronic medical issues. Clearly, long term emotional stress can also lead to anxiety (third-eye), lack of willpower (solar plexus), and feelings of not being safe (root).

The above is what happens when energies are stored. Let’s talk further on how you may have experienced negative energies and also how you have released them. (And if you haven’t felt an instant release, this paragraph will give you a nice tip!) Perhaps you’ve been in a public area such as a store or a bank and you experienced watching an irate customer go a little…off. More than likely, you felt their energy as it raised tension in the room. “The tension in here is thick” is perhaps something that you may have heard or thought…because it was felt. Whether it was their energy that you felt or your energy in response to theirs is irrelevant because it was a change in your energy regardless. Once the situation died down, you likely did one of two things. You carried it with you the next 1 to 10 hours as it gradually dissipated, or you were aware of the calming technique of Deep Breathing and you were able to release that energy much sooner. If you ever feel your energy/tension rise, try taking a deep breath in for 3-5 seconds, hold for 3, then release for 5. That is a releasing of the negative energies and will help to calm you.

Now, let’s talk about how Reiki can help to reduce your stress and what that means for you. The main benefit of Reiki is that it is known to reduce stress. Reiki is a technique that helps to clear current and stagnant energies from your body. Think meditation on steroids where you don’t even need to focus…Reiki does it all for you. The conclusion in the above referenced Harvard Study on Reiki states “The results from this large-scale multisite effectiveness trial suggest that a single session of Reiki improves multiple variables related to physical and psychological health.” More specifically, “Reiki acutely improved physical and psychological symptoms associated with many health conditions, including affect [mood], pain, depression, anxiety, tiredness, drowsiness, nausea, shortness of breath, appetite, and overall well-being.”

In my personal practice, I use the first session to help remove current stressors. With that first session, my clients notice some or all of the following results immediately or within a few days: more energy and/or focus, more calm, less stress, lower anxiety, and better rest. Follow up sessions are used to focus on removing that stagnant energy, the energy that accumulated throughout the client’s life such as childhood or adult traumas, unresolved emotions, etc that has never been cleared. Clients who have received the deeper work have experienced some or all of the following: continued reduction in stress and/or anxiety, emotional release, reduction or removal of chronic pain, better ability to deal with stress, and an overall feeling of lightness.

To sum it up, Reiki is a technique that is known to reduce stress, allowing our bodies to heal* where we need it most. Reiki is a tool that does the clearing, our bodies, in response to that clearing, have more energy to care for us in ways we may have been needing for years.

So what does that mean for you? It means that if you are dealing with excess stress, chronic pain/illness, lack of focus, fatigue, anxiety or other issues, Reiki may be the therapy you have been looking for. Our bodies are 99.99% energy. Science is lagging in how to work with it, but Reiki is a technique that has been around and has been tapped into life’s energy for over one hundred years.

I would love to support you in your journey to less stress through Reiki Therapy and/or Life and Nutrition Coaching. You can set an appointment HERE!

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About the Author. Sherry is a Reiki Master, Certified Life Coach and Certified Nutrition Coach with the passion of helping people find more calm and happiness in their lives through work in body (nutrition), mind (life choices), and soul (balancing energies).

*Healing is a whole-body process which includes proper body (healthy foods/exercise and medical treatment where necessary), mind (learning coping techniques and therapy where necessary), and soul (energy work such as tai chi, yoga, meditation, Reiki, etc) work. Never replace medical services with Reiki Therapy for medical or mental health issues. In these cases, Reiki Therapy should be used as a complimentary therapy.