What is Reiki/History

A lone seed head captured on a spider web.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an alternative, natural healing method that promotes relaxation, balance,  wellness, and knowledge of self.  The word Reiki is pronounced, “Ray-key”.  When you split up the Japanese word, Rei means Universal and Ki means Life Force energy.  In other countries, Life Force energy is known as Chi in China and Prana in Sanskrit.  Life Force energy is a part of every living creature on Earth-people, animals, insects, birds, fish, trees, grass, rocks, dirt, etc.  All living beings that God has created in this world have this Life Force energy flowing through them, providing them with energetic nourishment.

The Reiki practitioner will use his/her hands, placing them in different positions and areas on the client, while simultaneously channeling the Reiki energy.  The Reiki energy is placed in the energy field (aura) or in the physical body.   The client’s own spirit will take the Reiki energy and will place it where it is most needed.  thus, the practitioner can not give any guarantees on cures.

Receiving Reiki energy feels different to all people.  The sensation can be the feeling of heat, pressure and  tingling to feeling nothing at all.   Some people are energy sensitive and others are not.  All in all, the treatment is relaxing and soothing.  Cynthia has had 75% of her clients fall a sleep within the first 15 minutes of the session.


Damselfly on seed head.

Reiki History


In the late 1800’s, Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki energy while staying in the Japanese mountains.  He brought  back the knowledge and healing to share  with his family.  Soon friends found out about the benefits of this energy, pushing for Dr. Mikao Usui to share it with them.  Dr. Usui opened up the first Reiki clinic in Japan, treating clients with Reiki and teaching Reiki.  Dr. Usui healed many people across Japan and China.  Because there was such a overwhelming amount of people who wanted Reiki,  Dr. Usui taught many Master level practitioners.  Reiki healing was brought back to the Unitied States by Mrs. Hawayo Takata.  She was born in Hawaii in  1900.  She traveled to Japan in hopes of visiting her ill sister.  While there, Mrs. Takata became ill herself.  She went to one of Dr. Usui’s clinics to be healed.  She was healed and promptly trained in the art of Reiki.  She attained her Master teaching level of Reiki.  Mrs. Takata returned back to the United Stateds, Hawaii with new purpose in her life.  She opened  Reiki clinics in Hawaii to heal and teach people the art of Reiki.