Understanding Reiki Energy Practices

Understanding Reiki Energy Practices


People who practice any form of meditation or prayer can attest to the subtle energy they may feel flowing through them. Ancient knowledge tells of a life force, or Chi, that flows through us, and science is now beginning to understand that this force is tangible and indeed does exist. 

Reiki is similar to Qigong and Tai Chi, in that it works with the human energy field. The word Reiki is comprised of two Japanese words: Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy.” It is administered by hands-on touch and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what enables us to be alive. Reiki is an energy healing treatment that works holistically — on the whole body, mind and spirit. 

Not a system of religious beliefs, Reiki is simply a relaxing treatment whereas natural healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner (acting as a conduit) to the body of the recipient. The purpose of a Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle bodily energies and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies.
Our bodies are comprised of physical elements as well as an energy system that allows the life force to flow through us, allowing us to feel and think. When we have a disease, illness or stress, our chakras become out of balance. Reiki puts the balance back into the chakras, allowing the body to heal itself.  Reiki promotes healing by activating the relaxation response and helping the body to balance itself from a very deep level. 
When receiving Reiki, the client will lie fully clothed on a treatment table while the Reiki practitioner places hands lightly on their head and torso. Reiki allows positive energy to flow into the body through the hands of the practitioner, balancing and healing the energy in the body. 

During the treatment, the recipient may feel comforting heat or gentle vibration; others see different colors of light. If you are tired, you will feel refreshed. If you are anxious, you will feel serene. If distressed, you will feel comforted. And these subjective changes come with physical changes associated with deep relaxation, such as a slower heart rate and easier breathing. The recipient generally feels relaxed and it is not uncommon for the person to drift into a meditative state or drift off to sleep, waking refreshed.

Clients have said they feel more “connected” to things in their life and are better able to handle the stress of situations after a Reiki session. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.


James Glassford is a certified massage therapist at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.  He graduated from the McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland (CAMTC certificate #69078) and is also a Master Reiki Level III Practitioner who supports harmony and balance of the body, mind, heart and spirit.