What is Energy Healing?

In today’s nonstop world, Reiki energy healing can help bring awareness, stress relief, and balance into our busy lifestyles.

There’s been a lot of hype around the health benefits of Reiki energy healing despite the holistic practice having been around for centuries. Reiki has been covered quite a bit in mainstream media, from Newsweek, The Drs, Oprah, and even Vanity Fair. 

So how exactly does energy healing work?

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Today, I’m covering the top 5 most commonly asked questions about Reiki that I’ve come across as a Reiki practitioner. Feel free to comment below if I haven’t covered your question. I love talking about energy healing!

1. What the heck is Reiki and how do you even say it?

Ok, that’s 2 questions. Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is universal energy. It is the living energy that sustains life of organs, cells, tissue, and blood. Reiki energy connects our higher self with everything around us. It is the life force that connects us to what we need.

All living things are made up of energy. This energy goes by many names such as Chi, Prana, and soul. Science has confirmed the presence of this energy using tools, such as Kirlian Photography, to capture visual proof.

With this understanding, many disciplines have been developed to help develop and balance this energy. Reiki, qigong, tai chi, meditation, yoga, and feng shui are just a few of the many ways individuals can enhance the flow of this energy.

Reiki is not a religion, but rather a tool for physical healing, mental, and spiritual growth. Hopefully, this helps you answer the basic question, “What is Reiki?”

2. How does Reiki healing work?

Our bodies are energetic in nature. Our bones resonate at lower frequencies while our thoughts vibrate at higher frequencies. This magnetic pulse is known as a bio magnetic field.

When a practitioner is performing a healing session, the energy that emanates from their hands produce a significantly larger bio magnetic reading (7-10Hz – Theta and Alpha range) than a non practitioner. These frequencies are associated with physical healing.

We all have the ability to heal ourselves through Reiki. Incorporate energy healing into your busy lifestyle with the simple tips in this free Reiki Healing E-Book!

3. What are the benefits of Reiki?

Reiki has traditionally been effective as a way to help individuals increase awareness, insight, wisdom and personal growth.

Reiki may also help recipients relax, gain clarity, and energy. It may relieve physical pain, accelerate natural healing, and prevent the progress of disease. Reiki also has the potential to detoxify the body, clear energy blockages, and release emotional baggage.

As Reiki increases the vibrational frequency of the body, it helps change negative conditioning and behavior. Some common observations by recipients include: feelings of contentment, decreased feelings of stress, fear and anxiety, reduction and in some cases elimination of physical illnesses.

4. How do people typically feel after a session?

Some may notice physical sensations such as feeling tingling or changes in temperature. Others may see colors, feel light or heavy within the body, feel sleepy, or just relaxed. Others may not feel any sensations, which is completely normal.

Shift happens and it does not need to be accompanied by bells, whistles and flashing lights. Reiki energy can be a powerful healing modality in supporting the recipient on all levels. Here are some responses by those who have experienced a distance Reiki healing session:

“Feeling focused on what I need to do. Thanks!” – Adele Barbagallo Jones

“I wanted to thank you and  let you know that clarification in the job discernment process has accelerated.” – Linda Miller


“Thank you so much! I felt really good for the past hour – definitely felt a lot of tingling by my crown. I had asked for help with my physical body and vitality and I do feel more energized and I felt my skin tingling too. It was a great session. Sending lots of love…my love/light quotient also went up in my body and it is nice to receive as I feel I give a lot. THANK YOU!” – Sarah Vargo, Founder of Stargo



“I was nursing my daughter at the time of the distance Reiki session for both of us. She fell into a deep sleep very, very quickly!” – Kara Dains

“Thank you! Just what I needed! I woke up feeling so heavy and bleh. Feeling very light and smiley right now. Amazing xx” – Silvia Polakovic Saad

5. What happens during a Reiki session?

During an in-person Reiki session, the practitioner places his or her hands on or just above a client’s body. The practitioner conducts universal energy from their arms, and out through his or her hands where it flows into the client’s body.

During a distance Reiki session, the practitioner channels the healing energy to the receiver in a different location. Universal energy is not limited by time or space. Thus, the results of a distance Reiki session and in-person session are the same.

The practitioner does not rely on his or her personal energy, rather practitioners are conduits for channeling the energy. In an in-person and distance Reiki session, the energy drawn in by the recipient through the practitioner. The energy will go where it is needed in the order that the recipient’s body and mind determines.

If you have never had the benefit of receiving a Reiki session, only schedule a session with a practitioner you feel called to work with. It helps to experience a session in order to fully understand it=)

Ready to raise your vibes with Reiki universal energy? Incorporate simple Reiki healing techniques into your life!

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  1. Reiki sounds so interesting! I have never heard it before but it seems very beneficial. The fact that it is so natural and holistic really stands out to me. I think I might have to go try it out.

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