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What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced RAY-KEY) is a simple and effective spiritual healing practice from Japan that brings about a feeling of peace and well-being in the recipient. When the body is totally relaxed, healing is encouraged on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Reiki treatment is always safe. There are no medical contraindications.

The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words: “Rei” meaning universal and “Ki” meaning life-force energy. Life-force energy flows in and around all living things. 

Why choose Reiki treatment?

Everyone can benefit from Reiki treatment. Reiki treatments promote the healing of physical and emotional ailments, restoring balance and encouraging feelings of well-being and a sense of clarity to the receiver. If you are struggling with a serious health condition such as cancer, heart disease, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines or infertility, Reiki can help you feel better and cope better. If you are sensitive to pain medications and want to try a safe and effective way to reduce pain, Reiki may be the right choice for you. If you are a caregiver, Reiki can offer relief and comfort and support you while you care for your loved one. Reiki is also very effective in end-of-life care. Many Hospice programs have staff that offer Reiki treatment. I have worked as a Hospice Reiki volunteer for the Visiting Nurse Association of Central NJ.

The most common effect of Reiki treatment is relaxation and enhanced well-being even if symptoms don’t disappear. The best results come from continued treatment over time using self-treatment and/or treatment from a practitioner.

What is a Reiki session like?

Reiki can be practiced anywhere-in a beautiful spa-like setting on a massage table, in a chair at a friend’s home, in an emergency room while awaiting medical help or in a hospital room. A treatment can last 10 minutes or over an hour. You can’t overdose on Reiki and even a few minutes of Reiki is better than none.

When you receive a Reiki treatment from a Reiki professional, you lie fully clothed on a massage table while soft, soothing music plays in the background. The Reiki practitioner places her hands lightly on the body. There is no heavy pressure or manipulation. The Reiki treatment feels like liquid warmth, gentle vibrations or pulsations through the body.

Often people drift off to a peaceful sleep during a session. Many people report feeling energized if they have been feeling down or calmer, more peaceful if they have been feeling anxious. Others say that they can think more clearly or experience reduction of pain. “I feel lighter” or “It feels like the weight of the world has been lifted from my shoulders” are typical comments from my clients after a Reiki treatment.

What are some of the benefits of Reiki treatment?

  1. Reduces stress and tension

  2. Reduces pain and accelerates healing

  3. Stimulates immune system and the body’s natural ability to heal itself    

  4. Supports cancer patients though chemotherapy and radiation

  5. Eases anxiety associated with illness and surgery

  6. Comforts terminally ill patients and their caregivers

  7. Works in conjunction with psychotherapy to provide rapid personal  growth

  8. Improved sleep  

     Do medical professionals recommend Reiki?

YES!  Hospitals around the country offer Reiki treatments to patients as part of their complementary wellness programs. I am a Reiki provider for the Division of Integrative Medicine at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy and Old Bridge, NJ and offer Reiki treatments to patients in their rooms and teach Reiki to nurses, staff and the community at the hospital. I also practice Reiki at Family Wellness Center in Middletown, NJ.

Should medical treatment be stopped when receiving Reiki?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Reiki is a complementary holistic modality and is not a replacement for medical or psychiatric treatment. It combines easily with all medical treatment and is always safe.

Who can learn to practice Reiki?

ANYONE can learn to practice Reiki for self-treatments and to treat family, friends, clients and pets. Reiki is a spiritual healing practice that

can bring peace and balance to your life. The more you practice all aspects of Reiki, the greater the emotional mental, physical and spiritual benefits you will experience. Click here for more information and current teaching schedule.

Photos from my visit to

Mount Kurama,  Japan

October, 2015

  Reiki in hospitals on CNN

Reiki was used in the operating room of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. The New York Times magazine reported about the use of Reiki during open-heart surgeries and heart transplants performed by Dr. Mehmet Oz. None of the 11 heart patients treated with Reiki by Reiki Master Julie Motz experienced the usual postoperative depression, the bypass patients had no postoperative pain or leg weakness; and the transplant patients experienced no organ rejection.

See the video report on CNN:

   The Reiki Precepts

Just for today:

  1. Do not anger

  2. Do not worry

  3. Be grateful     

  4. Be true to your way and your being

  5. Show compassion to yourself and others