What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese healing practice that promotes balance and relaxation supporting our body’s self-healing mechanisms to work more effectively.

The Japanese kanji (pitctogram) representing the word Reiki

What happens during a Reiki treatment?

During a Reiki treatment, you would lie down fully clothed on a massage table facing up (or on a chair if required) while I place my hands lightly on, or just above, your body for a few minutes, on a number of specific placements. I always encourage my clients to close their eyes and fully relax. They often doze off during the session, which generally lasts around 50-60 minutes, and get up refreshed and restored. Sometimes clients report feeling cold, hot or a tingly sensation on various part of their body during the treatment. While this is a normal occurence, it does not necessarily happen to everybody, not having these feelings does not correlate to the effectiveness of the treatment. Reiki is a subtle vibrational healing practice that works at a very deep level on our body, mind and spirit.

Reiki healing is balancing and although not illness specific, it has shown beneficial effects on people with ailments such as stress, anxiety, depression,  heart conditions, diabetes, ADD, hypertension, etc. Reiki treatments have also shown a reduction in pain and side effects from cancer and HIV medications. Practicing Reiki can benefit anyone, regardless of their age or health status.

Reiki healing has been used in private practices as well as in major hospitals around the world. For instance here in NYC Reiki treatments are currently offered to patients of prestigious institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. I have personally offered Reiki treatments to over 150 patients at Beth Israel.

You can receive Reiki healing in person when you come to see me here in NYC, or can be arranged as a distant healing treatment, if you live far away from the city.

Mikao Usui Sensei (1865 - 1926) The founder of Reiki.

How old is Reiki?

Often we may come across statements about Reiki being “An ancient healing practice,” which was rediscovered in the early part of last century in Japan. However, more in-depth research indicates that Reiki, as a healing practice, was developed by Mikao Usui in 1922 when during a fasting and meditation retreat on Mt. Kurama, a sacred place near Kyoto, he was bestowed upon him this healing ability.