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What Is Reiki?

How about we start with what it is not.

  • It is not me helping you with your yard work.  😊

  • It is not me casting spells using eye of bat and tongue of newt, although there is sage involved.

  • It is not you are walking into my clinic with two eyebrows and walking out with none.  I guarantee you will keep at least one.

  • It is not having a lightening bolt strike you and perming your hair.  It can be as intense as that though…. but there will never be perm solution as the solution to what ails you.

  • It is not some quackery that has no science behind it.  There are many things that can be explained with science to back it up…but I will never wear a lab coat when doing a session.

Reiki therapy is based on an Eastern belief that vital energy flows through your body. The idea is that a Reiki practitioner uses gentle touch -- or places their hands just above your body -- to help guide this energy in a way that promotes balance and healing.

A Japanese man named Mikao Usui developed reiki in the 1920s. The term comes from two Japanese words: “Rei,” which means universal, and “ki,” which loosely translates to a lifeforce of energy. While there’s no research to show that the energy field involved in Reiki exists, you may find it relaxing.

Reiki has been studied for conditions like painanxiety, and depression. It’s a complementary treatment, which means you use it along with proven traditional medical treatments. It doesn’t cure or get rid of any health conditions by itself.  I will never tell you to substitute your heart medications with eating the lining of a dinosaur egg and all will be well.  I will ask though that when you are in a super relaxed state afterwards to make sure you ground yourself before driving your car and pay attention to the road. 

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Reiki.

How does Reiki Work?

At The Energy Medicine Clinic there is a soft padded massage table that you will lay on, fully dressed, but without shoes, draped in soft blankets, or with a weighted blanket if you prefer. 

Reiki is also done at times in zero gravity chairs or recliners if it is done off site.

Chakras are assessed using both hands and at times a pendulum that has been bonded with the practitioner.

Annie places her open hands on, or just over, different body parts that are the hubs for energy, known as chakras. She decides how long to leave their palms in each spot based on the flow of energy that is perceived through the feeling in her hands.

Even though you’re resting on a massage table during a Reiki session, the practitioner isn’t giving a massage, using heavy pressure, or manipulating your joints. They’re simply using gentle touch at most.

You might feel sensations like heat, tingling, or pulsing where their hands are, or throughout your body. Or you might not notice any changes. Some people get so relaxed that they fall asleep.  No matter what you do or don’t experience, the Reiki is still doing what is intended.

A Reiki session usually lasts about 60 minutes.

Who Can Practice Reiki?

Anyone who has gone through the training and attunements and successfully completed the components of their training can do Reiki. 

Annie has trained students right through to Reiki Masters as young as 13, as well as students new to the concept of holistic healing at age 58.

The rituals involved in becoming a Reiki practitioner are part of a process called attunement, during which a Reiki master “opens” the energy channels in the person’s body.

There are different degrees of attunement. Reiki supporters believe that:

  • First-degree attunement gives someone the ability to practice Reiki on themselves and others with touch.

  • Second degree gives someone the ability to practice it mentally from a distance without direct touch.

  • Third degree (also called master level) is the level achieved when you fully embody Reiki into all aspects of your life and integrate it in all areas.

  • Master Teacher is the final level to Reiki when you are attuned to be able to not only share the knowledge, but the ability to empower others through attunements to practice this healing art.

There are many types of Reiki being practiced around the world now, so no one session will be exactly performed the same as the next.  Many practitioners also now integrate it with other modalities they are trained in to enhance the experience. 

As Annie has learned multiple modalities of healing from both an allopathic traditional Western medicine base as well as Reiki, EFT, sound therapies, massage and most recently Quantum Physics and how that influences the body’s ability to heal, a session with her is custom tailored to both her experience and your needs.

For a much more in-depth explanation, here is the information about Reiki from William Rand, one of the most recognized leaders and teachers of Reiki in the world.  It has been copied verbatim with permission.

What is the History of Reiki?

There have been many attempts to explain the history of Reiki, but unfortunately, in the past, many of them have been based more on myth and an attempt to validate a particular style of Reiki and for the most part, lacked accurate information. 

For in depth information on how Reiki came to be used in current day, please visit:

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