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What is Reiki Healing?

Reiki is an ancient, non-evasive, relaxed form of energy healing therapy.


The word Reiki originates from Japanese words Rei and Ki.  Rei means ‘universal power’ or ‘spiritual and sacred life’, and Ki means ‘Energy’ – the energy that gives life to all living beings.


The first evidence of Reiki was discovered in Tibet approximately ten thousand years ago. Reiki was India has practiced in India two and half years ago, and it was also practiced in Ancient China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

The modern Reiki Healing was re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the 1920s. Being passed through the lineage of a few Masters, it expanded practice in America and then the rest of the world. During the Reiki session, channeled through the practitioner, the healing energy gently encourages balance throughout the entire system – body, mind, and spirit.


During a Reiki session, the certified Reiki practitioner is lightly holding hands just above or on the clothed body and progressing in a specific order and positions through energy centers on the body that follow the energy flow. If there is a wound or burns on the body, the practitioner holds their hands above the injured area.


Reiki Healing can be sent to people, animals including pets, and plants. There are no known safety concerns with receiving Reiki Healing.


At Health and Wellness Coaching we offer at the moment only distant Reiki Sessions.


In recent years, Reiki is becoming an increasingly popular modality used to support the medical mainstream. There are many hospitals, medical centers, post-operative rehabilitation centers, and retirement and nursing homes, where Reiki is offered to patients. Reiki is also practiced in many wellness centers and is offered as part of workplace wellness programs.


Even though there is a spiritual aspect during the healing, Reiki is not a religion or a dogma and is available to everyone to learn or to receive. It can also be practiced distantly and the effect is the same as in the direct contact with the client.


Reiki practice is only learned through direct and physical training with a Reiki Master who had to go through a strict-years long apprenticeship and continue a lifelong continued training and practice. It is important to note, unfortunately, that current educational standards in some places disregard these standards and replace them with much faster and less-rigorous training.


At Wellness Coaching and Healing, only certified practitioners that pass years of strict study and training practice healing.

What are the Benefits of Reiki Healing?

Based on numerous studies, there is an evidence that Reiki may be used as alternative therapy to aid:

  • relaxation,
  • improved sleep,
  • pain relief (1)
  • physical healing,
  • post-workout recovery,
  • depression and stress (2) (3),
  • fatigue,
  • assists in the body’s natural healing processes and the (post operative) recovery,
  • physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing,
  • increased personal awareness, which results lifestyle changes (4)

Reiki does not compete with or replace the patients’ regular treatment, but provides the support to the client and the healing process.

Injury Recovery

How Does Reiki Healing Work?

Due to physical injury or other factors like for example fear, depression, or emotional pain, energy in the body can stagnate. If not treated on time, these energy blocks can cause illness.


During Reiki treatment, the healing energy activates the parasympathetic nervous system that supports healing. The Reiki practitioner is trained to use the healthy universal life energy known in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Martial Arts as ‘Chi’. Its energy gives life to all beings. The energy goes through the body’s meridians and energy points – similar to acupuncture or acupressure.


While supporting the energy flow through energy centers, the healing energy assists the body in reducing and removing energetic blockages and stress that, if untreated, reduce energy flow in the body and can potentially cause further illness. The healthy healing energy of the life force promotes balance and supports healing and strengthening of the body and mind.


Based on the universal law that we all energies and connected, sending healings or prayers has been practiced from the beginning of ages. The Certified Reiki practitioners follow the universal laws during all the sessions.


During distant healing, the certified Reiki practitioner is trained on how to connect and send healing and about factors that can influence the quality of the energy. The quality and duration of the training that the practitioner previously had can affect the sent energy and healing quality.

The Science Behind Reiki Healing

Many studies have been done on the Reiki healing and are more anticipated concerning its benefits and risks.


The latest study shows that Reiki has the potential to be used as a complementary therapy alongside the main medical stream and therapies and have its use in 

  • pain management (5), 
  • stress management (6), 
  • depression and anxiety (7), 
  • post-operative recovery, 
  • post-cancer treatment support (8) (9), 
  • chronic health conditions (10), 
  • mental cognition in the elderly, related to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
  • and many others.


According to research, Reiki is more effective than placebo and has the potential to provide valuable support in the management of chronic health conditions (10). 


One clinical trial at the Institute for Integrated and Oriental Therapy in Sao Paulo (Brazil) evaluated the effectiveness of Reiki and massage in stress management. After eight sessions, it was found that Reiki and massage produced better results for stress management as compared to the control group (11).


Study shows that Reiki has the potential to be used as a complementary therapy and can create feelings of peace, relaxation, security, and wellness (7). A 2019 large-scale effectiveness clinical trial of Reiki also suggests that a single session of Reiki treatment can help improve multiple variables related to mental and physical health (12).


A medical review also suggests that Reiki is an effective technique that not only boosts the confidence of an athlete but also helps them in stress management(6).


According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals, Reiki promotes relaxation and encourages healing among cancer patients. It also enhances the effects of other cancer treatments and helps patients deal with the symptoms and stresses of cancer. (13) A 2016 study also shows that Reiki given to cancer patients improved their symptoms and well-being. (14)


Reiki healing is also considered effective in improving memory problems in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. During the study, they assessed participants ranging from age 60 to 80 years. Out of 24 participants, 12 were exposed to Reiki, while the remaining received no treatment. After four weeks of weekly treatments of Reiki, it was found that participants receiving Reiki treatments showed significant improvements in mental functioning, memory, and behaviour problems. (15)


While more studies are planned to be conducted, there is also growing interest in principles of the distant healing process as part of the Distant Healing Intention (DHI) and using Reiki. (16) (17).



Reiki and the Health Care

Reiki Healing and Health Care

Reiki is an accepted form of alternative therapy or holistic care. Around 1.2 million American adults have tried this form of alternative therapy to cope with their medical problems. (18)

Reiki healing is a simple therapy with no specific setting and technology so it can easily be incorporated into the clinical settings.


In the last 20 years, Reiki grew into one of the most common complementary therapies in the mainstream. This means that Reiki therapy can be used alongside conventional medical treatment to help you cope better with your medical illness.


One systematic review shows that Reiki healing has the potential to be used as a treatment method and as an adjunct therapy in healthcare. (19)


Reiki is known as the gentle therapy it can be used even with very fragile patients and one of the reasons why is widely used in hospitals.


Reiki is already present in several hospitals worldwide and is widely used in nursing practice in a variety of settings. In one survey by the American Hospital Association, it was found that Reiki is now considered one of the top three complementary therapies in the U.S. Medical settings. (20


Over 800 hospitals in the United States offered Reiki as part of their hospital services in 2007.


Reiki is also used as a complementary therapy in a wide range of medical settings in the UK, including many parts of the NHS. For instance, Reiki is specifically given to patients with life-threatening diseases such as cancer at the University College of London Hospitals (UCLH). (21)


With the shift in the medical practices toward wellness, the benefit of integrating complementary therapies such as Reiki and Energy Healings into healthcare practices has been recognized. (22)


Keeping in view the benefits of Reiki, patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, are not only offered Reiki therapy but are also taught about this form of holistic care once a month. (6) This is because patients love Reiki as they find it working.


Many surgical patients are given Reiki therapy to speed up their recovery after the surgery. (23)

Nurses are also widely practicing Reiki to add it to their toolbox. They say that Reiki helps improve the response of their patients toward medical treatment. Reiki also helps reduce the unwanted side effects such as pain, nausea, and stress of treatment so it is considered safe to use.


The benefits of Reiki therapy for practitioners, especially nurses cannot be underestimated. Reiki can help increase their energy, reduce stress, and avoid professional burnout.


More research is underway to find out the beneficial effects of Reiki therapy in healthcare settings.

What to expect during the distance Reiki Session?

The Distance Reiki session works the same as a person is in the room. The certified Reiki practitioner is trained for the distance healing sessions and follows the strict framework and the guiding steps during the session. For the best results, the practitioner proves to have positive results in self-development and growth, and it has extensive experience in healing and understanding metaphysics.


Treatment is usually 30min, but if needed, it can extend. All sessions are scheduled.


Before the session starts, you will be asked to provide your general health and medical history and what you would like in the Reiki session. In most cases, the client would already have some contact with the practitioner. If not, a 5min conversation before the session, over Zoom video, would help the connection between the client and the practitioner, or the client can send a photo before the session.



During a session, the client sits in a comfortable chair or lies on a bed or floor, fully clothed. You are welcome if you want to have relaxation music or if you prefer the practitioner can do it for you.


For the best benefits, take this time a special time for yourself and your healing, turn off your mobile, relax, have a few deep breaths, and then bring your focus to your breath and the sound of the music. Try to not engage in your thoughts and bring focus to your breathing.


There is no rule about what you might feel or not. The healing still takes place and every session can be experienced differently – it is individual and unique. The energy is the universal life force energy and is not generated or coming from the practitioner’s energy. It always works for the highest good of the client.


Before the session ends, bring your focus to the room and the surrounding. Have a few deep breaths before opening your eyes. Slowly move your body and get up. Don’t rush. Take a glass of water and write your thoughts in your journal. 

How many Reiki sessions are needed

The number of sessions depends on the client and what is are trying to accomplish. Some people take a single occasional session to promote relaxation or have several sessions during the time of the need for healing, or they want to work on a particular issue. Some people have regular sessions over many years to support their energy, growth, and daily lifestyle.


As the Reiki is a natural energy, the healing experience and results can vary from person to person and from one to another session. Please note that energy healing is natural and works holistically with the energy that is in your body. 


Unlike conventional mainstream medicine, traditional and complementary modalities such as Reiki, treat the whole person holistically, rather than the symptom. There is no prescribed number of the required sessions, and it is all individual. Some results can be experienced immediately, but in most cases, it would require a longer healing time before you see or feel any changes. 


At Wellness Coaching and Healing, we recommend 5-10 sessions as part of the single treatment course. They can be scheduled weekly or fortnightly.

Will My Health Insurance Cover It?

From 1 April 2019, in Australia some natural therapies are no longer eligible to receive the Australian Government rebate on private health insurance. Reiki is generally not covered by private health insurance, but some may still cover.


In USA and other countries, some health insurance companies cover Reiki when it’s part of the treatment program such as palliative care, physical therapy or hospital stay.


To be certain, our advice is to check with your private health insurance before booking.



Reiki is a natural, gentle, non-invasive energy healing therapy.


Reiki is not a replacement for mainstream medicine or the patients’ regular treatment – it is a complementary therapy that works alongside other medical and therapeutic techniques.


Reiki is not a therapy that cures any illness or disease but a complementary therapy that can support the body and mind to reduce stress and bring balance, strengthening, and support rejuvenation and healing.


At Wellness Coaching and Healing, we understand that healing is a holistic process. We assess each client in all areas of life and work on all aspects that can influence health and wellbeing.


During the coaching process, we offer Reiki and Ajna Healing modalities to support people to reveal deep-seated obstacles and help them go through the healing process. If you want to find out more about how we can help you, please contact us today.


  1. Effects of Reiki on Pain, Anxiety, and Blood Pressure in Patients Undergoing Knee Replacement: A Pilot Study, by Ann Linda Baldwin1Anne VitaleElise BrownellElizabeth KryakWilliam Rand, PubMed, NCBI, 2017
  2. Long-term effects of energetic healing on symptoms of psychological depression and self-perceived stress, by Adina Goldman Shore, PubMed, NCBI, 2004
  3. The effect of Reiki on depression in elderly people living in nursing home by Erdogan, Zeynep and Cinar, Sezgi, 2016
  4. Reiki for Mind, Body, and Spirit Support of Cancer Patients by Pamela Miles, 2007
  5. Effect of Reiki Therapy on Pain and Anxiety in Adults: An In-Depth Literature Review of Randomized Trials with Effect Size Calculations, by Susan Thrane, NCBI, 2015
  6. Review of reducing stress with the help of Reiki in sports, by Darshan Kaur, 2017
  7. Effects of Reiki on anxiety, depression, pain, and physiological factors in community-dwelling older adults, by Nancy E Richeson 1, Judith A Spross, Katherine Lutz, Cheng Peng, PubMed, 2010
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  9. Reiki lowers stress and pain for hundreds with cancer, by Sandy Priester, Center For Reiki Research
  10. Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy by David E. McManus,2017, NCBI
  11. Massage and Reiki used to reduce stress and anxiety: Randomized Clinical Trial, by Leonice Fumiko Sato Kurebayashi, NCBI, 2016
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  14. Reiki for Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy in a Brazilian Hospital: A Pilot Study, PubMed, 2016
  15. Using Reiki to decrease memory and behavior problems in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease, by Stephen E Crawford 1, V Wayne Leaver, Sandra D Mahoney, 2006
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  22. Reiki and its journey into a hospital setting by Elizabeth Kryak and Anne Vitale, 2011, PubMed
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