What Is Reiki Massage?

Reiki Massage

Although many people use the term reiki massage, technically reiki isn't massage. It's an energy healing technique based on a Japanese interpretation of the universal "life force" that animates us. Chinese call it qi or chi and Indians call it prana. In the West, it's called spirit.

Although some massage therapists use reiki as part of a massage session, you don't have to be a professional to use this energy technique. Everyone can tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve health, enhance the quality of life, and balance and amplify physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy.

What Happens in a Session

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A reiki treatment works by adding energy to your life force to help bring your body into balance, supporting the body’s natural healing process.

For a typical treatment, you lie fully clothed on a padded table. The practitioner uses a sequence of standardized hand placements, typically staying three to five minutes in each position, to transfer energy. The practitioner is adding to your energy, not manipulating or moving it around.

Practitioners generally place their hands over the body's major energy centers and organ systems, starting at your head, and then moving to your abdomen from just below the ribs to the lower belly. After you turn onto your stomach, the practitioner works from the top of the back to the tailbone. A full session usually takes about an hour.

Practitioners draw energy from the environment, not using their own personal energy. The transfer of energy depends on your ability to use it and willingness to receive it. Reiki works to the level you are willing and able to use the energy. If you aren't willing to receive the energy, the practitioner cannot transfer it to you.




People feel the energy in different ways, often experiencing it as warmth. Some feel a mild tingle and some feel a pulsing or throbbing sensation. Other people don't feel anything physically but may have mental or emotional sensations, such as calmness or peacefulness. Most people find a reiki massage deeply relaxing.

Reiki Massage Training

The three levels of training are:

  • First Degree training teach students self-treatment and hands-on treatment for individuals. Several initiations open a student's energy channels so that the person will not use his/her own energy when giving reiki.
  • Second Degree training teaches the student special techniques to enhance the level of energy transferred and how to give "distance" treatments. Distance treatment involves the transfer of energy without physically touching the persons receiving treatment.
  • Third Degree, or Master Training, qualifies students to teach. This intensive training usually takes place over an extended time period and includes supervised teaching time.

Reiki for Holistic Health is a website with information about this natural, complementary, healing modality that can restore and maintain health by balancing the chakras and auras.



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