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What is Reiki and Who is It For?

An Introduction to Energy Healing Modalities


The principles of Reiki are grounding and restorative. Those who are attuned practice presence and hold space for healing.

Just for today, kindness.

In our modern world we are often pushed and pulled to perform and the result is stress, exhaustion, and imbalance.

A stressed body can present as tense musculature, anxiety, sleeplessness, or even chronic pain.

A Reiki session creates a calm space to rest, restore, and receive.

Reiki Practitioners are trained, or “attuned” to facilitate energy healing by calling in “Ki” ~ the universal energy also known as Chi, Qi, Prana or Life Force.

This energy can be blocked in our internal energy systems such as the Chakra centers.  Reiki can help to open the flow of energy within these centers and throughout the body, restoring function and nourishing the body.

Admittedly, this may sound a little woo-woo. 

The good news is, you do not need to believe in Reiki, Chakras, or Ki for the session to work.

That being said, those who are comfortable with the idea of being held in a flow of energy may feel more comfortable with this modality. We are so lucky to live in a world where there are so many options for practitioners and care.

Reiki is for everyone who feels called to it. 

If you have an open mind, trying out this extremely gentle form of stress relief could do a world of good.

Reiki is used in hospitals to both comfort and heal. It is an energy healing modality.

Reiki, as it is known today, was developed in Japan by Dr. Usui, his student Dr. Hyashi, and his student Mrs. Takata. Mrs. Takata taught for 40 years, training 22 Reiki Masters from whom most of the current practitioner lineage is seeded. (2)

Reiki works to resolve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual pain.

If you suffer from chronic pain, it could be a new approach that works wonders. Those who suffer from anxiety or PTSD are encouraged to give Reiki a try.

The toll chronic stress and pain takes on the body can be immense and feel overwhelming. Every body deserves support, relief, healing, and restoration. 

If you experience feelings of hopelessness or depression, reach for Reiki as an alternative to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol.

Surviving the world can feel overwhelming at times.

Reiki can restore a sense of peace and balance in the life of those who have experienced abuse, trauma, even heartbreak.

We talked more about how to take good care of your heart in this month’s newsletter.

In the session, your comfort and consent are first and foremost.  

Many practitioners gently lay their hands on the receiver’s body or work above the body in the energy field.

At Divine Spine, our Reiki practitioner works primarily in the energy field, often incorporating meditative body scans and guided visualizations.

By providing a grounded, safe presence for our chakras to align and the energy system of the body to restore without interference, healing is facilitated gently. There is no force.

Survivors of injury and abuse are well served in the gentle, safe, healing space of a Reiki session.

Reiki does wonders for the soul. 

If you feel called to try this gentle healing modality, follow your intuition.

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May your healing journey restore you, deeply and fully, so that you may live your best life.


1. Reiki Goes Mainstream, Washington Post