Reiki FAQs

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a traditional Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes self-healing. It offers a way of supporting your wellbeing and bringing your mind and body back into a state of balance.

Where does Reiki come from?

Reiki is a traditional Japanese natural healing method that was developed by Mikao Usui in the early part of the 20th century. It first came to the West during the mid 1900s and has since spread around the world. Click on the History of Reiki page for more information.

How does Reiki work?

During a treatment, Reiki energy assists with the body’s relaxation response and helps release blockages to promote physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Reiki flows through the body’s main energy centres (chakras) to balance the energy within the body and gently release blocks.

Is Reiki a replacement for conventional medical treatment?

No, Reiki does not replace conventional medical treatment. If you have acute, infectious or urgent medical concerns please contact your doctor. However, Reiki works well as a complementary therapy and can support all natural and orthodox modalities and medicines.

How can Reiki assist people who are unwell?

During periods of illness and stress our energy levels are depleted leaving us feeling tired, irritable and simply not good. Reiki can help support us during these times by balancing and replenishing our energy levels. It also assists with reducing stress and pain. Because Reiki is gentle and calming to receive it works particularly well as a complementary therapy and can help accelerate physical, mental and emotional healing.

Will Reiki assist me with my general wellbeing?

Yes! Many people choose to have regular Reiki treatments as their ‘time out’ as it’s a great way to support optimum health and wellbeing. Reiki’s balancing, calming and restorative effects can make all the difference in maintaining our energy levels in the face of the ever increasing demands of modern life. Try it and see.

What will I feel during a Reiki treatment?

Reiki feels a little bit different for each person who receives it. However it’s common to feel relaxed and even fall asleep. You can learn more about what to expect from a Reiki treatment here.

Does Reiki have any religious affiliations?

Reiki is spiritual in nature but is not a religion nor does it have any religious affiliations. It is not dependent on belief and will work whether you believe in it or not. If you would like to know more about the principles governing the Reiki system click on the Reiki History page.

Is Reiki being used in any clinical settings? Has there been any research done on the effects of Reiki?

Reiki is currently being used in hospitals in the UK and USA to support patients during surgical, chemotherapy or radio therapy cancer treatment as well as to improve post-operative recovery in the case of surgical interventions. In New Zealand it is being used in various settings including complementary therapy clinics, hospitals, cancer support networks, prisons and in the care of the elderly.

Over 30 peer-reviewed, scientific studies have been conducted since 1989 and report evidence of the alleviation of pain, depression and anxiety for a number of conditions. Although research into Reiki is still fairly new it is developing rapidly, particularly in the USA. For further information see:

The Centre for Reiki Research summarises the results of the latest scientific studies into Reiki

Reiki NZ Inc’s scientific research into Reiki page

The International Centre for Reiki Training is helping to drive international research interest in Reiki

Can I learn Reiki?

Yes, anyone can learn Reiki. You don’t need to have any particular skill, belief or experience. The ability to give Reiki treatments cannot be learned from books or online courses. Practitioners are attuned to Reiki energy through an initiation process and the connection is then strengthened through practice, self-treatment and study. If you interested in learning Reiki please see Learn Reiki.