Does Reiki Work? Benefits of Energy Healing

Have you ever wanted to cleanse your energy so you could physically and emotionally feel more centered and clear-minded? Reiki, often considered a “woo-woo” thing that those people do, has helped people around the world heal their bodies and clear their energy for generations. I was first introduced to reiki a few years ago. A coworker of mine causally mentioned that her aunt is a reiki master, and I was instantly intrigued.

“A reiki master?” I questioned. I had never heard of such a term, it sounded enchanting and mystical. She explained that her aunt moves blocked energy from people so that they can live more fulfilling lives without blockages. I knew that this was right up my alley, and something that I would experience at some point in my life. I have always been fascinated with growth, energy and living an elevated life. Even before my first session, I had a feeling that reiki would be an effective tool to help me reach my goal.

Reiki is a healing practice that originated in Japan as a form of alternative energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing, through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the client, to encourage emotional or physical healing. In Japanese, rei translates to “spiritual” and ki is translates as “vital energy.”

During a reiki session, the practitioner will commonly move their hands in front of the body of the receiver, working through all 7 chakras, feeling the energy and clearing blockages from the body. Reiki can also be done virtually, without the practitioner needing to touch or see the body at all. Despite its spiritual components and roots, reiki is not a religion and is not associated with any religious practice. While reiki has been used in hospitals to relieve physical pain, it is more commonly used to cleanse to heal from emotional wounds. During a reiki session you may feel relaxed and at peace, however after the session, you may feel more introspective and find that you begin to reflect upon your life, dissecting past traumas, difficulties, and the way that you live currently verses how your higher self would live. Reiki is an amazing practice for someone who is looking to go deeper into themself and make a lasting change.

Like therapy or dating, not every reiki practitioner will be a good fit for you. It may take time to find someone who you can truly connect to. Before booking a session, a practitioner often will schedule a consultation to discuss the current situation of an individual and assess their needs. During this session you can see if your matches the energy of this person, and chose to continue. I believe that it is important to make sure that you are with someone that you connect with because it will open you up and allow you to make the most out of the session.

While consultations are typically free of charge, the average reiki session will cost you roughly $100/hour. Location, length of session, tools used during the session, etc. will contribute to the cost.

How To Prepare

After my phone consultation, my practitioner, Jaime, advised that I steer clear from caffeine and alcohol for three hours before and after the session. She said to be as relaxed as possible. Before the session, I took about an hour to reflect and jot down points that I would like to ponder after the session. I made note of past experiences that I wanted to share with Jaime, as well thought about what I would like to get out of these sessions. For me, my intention is to use reiki as a tool to help me to live more freely and authentically. I feel that I have energy blockages that are causing me to not exercise courage and bravery.

What To Expect During The Session

During the reiki session you can except to feel very relaxed. Depending on the practitioner, sound therapy, essential oils, and other therapeutic elements may be incorporated into the session. Use this time to relax, focus on breath work and still your mind.

What To Expect After The Session

After the session you may feel tired and dehydrated. You should drink plenty of water to replenish the body. Some note feeling peaceful and calm, and later feeling more introspective. After a reiki session I normally feel lighter and more zen. To keep the energy going, I make an effort to spend time around high vibrational people and keep my distance from situations that have a habit of throwing me off center. After a reiki session, you do not want to rush to work or responsibilities. Allow yourself time to digest your feelings and be available for any other thoughts that may arise.

Have you ever tried reiki? If so, comment below what your experience was like. If anyone in the Northern NJ area is interested in reiki, feel free to reach out and I will share some reiki practitioners in the area who you can check out!

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