The Japanese Art of Energy Healing

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The Japanese Art of Energy Healing

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  • 31 Mar, 2023

Reiki is a Japanese type of energy healing. According to practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or even emotional pain. As time goes on, these blockage of energy can cause illness.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." 

People also refer to Reiki as palm healing or hands-on healing. Mikao Usui is considered as father of Reiki. He taught his system of reiki to more than 2,000 people during his lifetime.

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth.


Chujiro Hayashi played a major role in transmitting Reiki out of Japan. Hawayo Takata helped to introduce the practice of Reiki to the western world. She started first reiki Clinic in the US in 1970.

How reiki is done?

Usually, practitioners will give Reiki treatment in a peaceful, private setting. However, the treatment can take place anywhere. During a session, the client will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed.

The practitioner will then place their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the client’s head, limbs, and torso. They will typically keep their hands in these positions for 3-10 minutes. If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the practitioner will hold their hands just above the wound.

While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, an energy transfer takes place. During this time, the practitioner may report that their hands feel warm or are tingling. They will hold each hand position until they sense that the energy has stopped flowing.

When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has gone, they will remove their hands and place them over a different body area.

Some Reiki techniques

The techniques that Reiki involves have names such as:

  • centering
  • clearing
  • beaming
  • extracting harmful energies
  • infusing
  • smoothing and raking the aura

Reiki relies on no other instruments beyond the practitioner. We do not use crystals, powders, or wands as a general rule. 

However, one of the benefits of Reiki healing is distance healing, where Reiki is sent over several miles. Then, many practitioners will use crystals to assist with the energy vibrations.” Sessions can last 45-90 minutes. 

The number of sessions will vary, depending on what a client wishes to accomplish. Some clients prefer to have one session, while others have a series of sessions to work on a particular issue.


According to practitioners, Reiki channels universal energy known as ki, pronounced “chi.” This is the same energy involved in tai chi exercise. This energy supposedly fills the body. 

Reiki experts point out that although this energy is not measurable with modern scientific techniques, many who tune into it can feel it. Reiki allegedly aids relaxation, assists in the body’s natural healing processes, and develops emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. 

Some evidence also suggests that it may induce deep relaxation, help people cope with difficulties, relieve emotional stress, and improve overall well-being.

Conditions that people have used Reiki to help treat include cancer, heart disease, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, infertility, neurodegenerative disorders, autism, Crohn’s disease, fatigue, etc.

It is important to note that Reiki should never take the place of medical treatments. The gentle nature of Reiki therapy may have a soothing effect on patients who find that they become overwhelmed with invasive therapy, fear, and stress. Individuals report different experiences. 

Some say that the practitioner’s hands become hot, others report cooling hands, and some feel pulsating waves. 

The most common reports are of a release of stress and deep relaxation.

A review article in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine found “reasonably strong support” for Reiki being more effective than a placebo in reducing pain and anxiety in people with chronic health conditions.



Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. It is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.