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How Does Reiki Work

Reiki Is Not a Religious Practice. You don’t have to believe in anything to experience or heal from it. I strongly subscribe to a very anti-belief based practice. Faith is the goal of all of my work with clients. Not belief.


Some people may see it as a religious experience, although it is a spiritual practice. It can make sense, no matter what religion you believe in or don’t believe in. Reiki works irregardless of your 3D commitment to it. What type of experience you have will depend on what your body needs, how open you are, and what energetic modalities I am called on to use for healing during your session.  

At the root of Reiki is the concept — once known in Western medicine up through the Middle Ages and still seen today in Eastern medicine — that disease is caused by imbalances of vital energy in the body and that correcting these imbalances promotes healing, according to UMN's Center for Spirituality & Healing (LIVESCIENCE, 2015).

How Reiki Works

Many people are confused by the concept of Reiki, and find it difficult to understand. I have found this to be due to our over-reliance on the need to control. Reiki helps with the flow of energy very similar to how Acupuncture helps speed up healing, lowers pain, improves relaxation and reduces other symptoms.


While lying down on a massage table with your eyes closed, the I will place my hands in various positions across your whole body. Usually there will be some relaxing music playing in the background, and you will be told to just close your eyes and relax. An eye bag is optional.


The Reiki energy will flow from the my hands to your body either while placed slightly above you, or through light touches. Reiki energy is transmitted through the me from a Uiversal Lifeforce Energy. I always tell people to "think of me as a big hose".


This process will increase the flow of energy in your body, fixing depletions and excesses, and removing low vibrational energy from you. However, there is no real explanation of how the energy flows from one person to another. One thought is the transfer of electromagnetic energy, and another theory is just promoting relaxation, which lowers stress to promote healing. However, because of my level of skill, I can actually send healing to a person without being anywhere near them, this is known as “distant healing.”


Another explanation is the biofield. Reiki is one of several therapies based on the biofield, or a type of energy field that “regulates everything from our cellular function to our nervous system,” says Shamini Jain,  assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California–San Diego (U.S. News: Health, 2014). It is possible to measure electromagnetic energy of a biofield, but reiki is harder to measure as a part of the biofield. Our life force energy flows through the energy system made up of “energy bodies” which encompass the physical body and help in processing emotions and thoughts. The energy bodies have energy centers called chakras, which work somewhat like valves that allow life force to circulate through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies (Reiki.Org, 2019). Chakras are actually used in both Acupuncture and Ayurveda Medicine, and both share the concept of five elements with the same colors for each chakra and element.  Then, there are also energy meridians that flow like a river through the body carrying life force energy and assisting in balancing the body’s function and various systems.


The existence of 'life force energy' and the necessity for it to flow freely in and around one's body to maintain health has been studied and acknowledged by health care practitioners as well as scientists (Reiki.Org, 2019). Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture), Indian Medicine (Ayurveda), and Japanese Medicine (Reiki), and in America (Muscle Testing) all work with the body’s energy in helping a person to heal. A person may actually become more aware of energies in their body with meditation, exercise, or even an improved diet.

Reiki Restores Energy by Fixing Unreleased Stress

Stress from conflicting thoughts and feelings (fear, doubt, worry, anger, anxiety) can get stuck in your energy system. Medical research has determined that continual stress can block the body's natural ability to repair, regenerate and protect itself (Reiki.Org, 2019). The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75%-95% of all visits to doctors are the results of reaction to stress (Reiki.Org, 2019). When stress is not released it can cause minor health issues like aches and pains to major health issues like heart disease. Reiki clears trapped energy. It rebalances energy and vitality removing the emotional and physical effects of unreleased stress.

The Experience: How Do You Know the Reiki is Working?

View Jory Pradjinski's, Founder of Hope Instilled, experience with Reiki


A reiki experience can be completely different for different people, some people may have a dramatic, positive experience, for others the experience may be very subtle. Experiences range from feeling hot or cold from my hands, to subtle waves of pulsations across the body where my hands are, radiating energy to just feelings of relaxation. Many people describe going into a meditative state between consciousness and sleep-like state, almost falling asleep. But, Reiki is not meditation. Often people don’t notice much the first time they try reiki, but have deeper experiences as they continue to go. Sometimes changes are noticed later in the day such as feeling more at ease with life, less worried, improved digestion, and deeper sleep.

Hope Instilled. “Reiki .” What Is Reiki? And the Benefits of Reiki | An Oasis from the Darkness of Pain | Hope Instilled, 2022,

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