A Brief Overview of Reiki

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This brief overview is designed for those who are just hearing about Reiki and would like more information. The posts on my Facebook page go into more detail on specific topics.  https://www.facebook.com/ReikiBalanceNBliss

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a non-invasive, hands-on Japanese healing technique. The two main benefits of Reiki are stress relief and relaxation which can also trigger the body's own natural healing abilities. It is a complementary technique and works hand in hand with all other healing modalities including traditional medical treatment. Reiki is not harmful...it always works for the highest good of the person or situation. Reiki is spiritual, but it is not religious. 


Reiki works on all levels to balance the system and unite body, mind, soul and spirit. It helps keep the body in balance to prevent illness and is also used to treat chronic illness and disease (not to be substituted for medical care). Reiki is already used in many cancer centers and hospitals across the country as a complementary treatment. MD Anderson in Texas, Sloan Kettering in New York, John Hopkins in Baltimore are just a few of the major medical centers that offer Reiki to their patients.

Although reading about Reiki and learning the techniques are helpful, it takes an attunement by a qualified Reiki Master/ Teacher to practice Reiki. Once you are attuned to Reiki, you have it for life. The classes vary depending on your teacher and the area, but each class (except for the 3-day Master class) is usually completed in one day. You are attuned to Reiki at the class and are able to use it immediately.

There are three levels of Reiki:

* Reiki Level I class concentrates on self healing and enables one to give Reiki nonprofessionally to friends, family, pets, your medicine, the environment, etc. No previous experience necessary.

*Reiki Level II enables one to send distant healing and also to treat on the emotional level. After attunement to Reiki II, one becomes a Reiki II practitioner and is able to charge a fee for Reiki sessions.  Reiki I is a prerequisite.

*Reiki Level III Class is usually divided into two classes, Advanced Reiki and Master Practitioner/Teacher. In Reiki III the student receives the Master symbols and learns advanced healing techniques. You also learn how to teach others and pass on attunements.  Prerequisites are Reiki I and II.

My Usui and Karuna/Holy Fire classes are taught in-person in Knoxville, TN. Since I am an Affiliate Member of The  International Center for Reiki Training, I use their manuals and guidelines for teaching classes. My classes are small (under 6 students per class) and taught in a relaxed atmosphere. All my students receive ongoing support on their Reiki path. 

In choosing your Reiki Master/Teacher, I would encourage you to review their websites and any other material that is offered, talk to them and go with your best instinct in choosing a Reiki Master/Teacher that is right for you.


I really believe in the benefits of Reiki. It helped me through a most difficult time in my life...grief recovery from the loss of my fiancé in 2009. I use Reiki every single day for stress relief and relaxation, but Reiki has also helped me with other major life issues along the way as well.  Reiki enabled me to heal from foot surgery in half the time predicted, helped me to stop smoking and most recently helped me through breast cancer surgery and treatments.

I hope this helps answer some of the questions you may have about the basics of Reiki. If you haven't tried a Reiki session yet, try it and see what you think  Your questions are always welcome!