About Reiki


What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced "Ray Key")  is a holistic, energy-based healing modality that was developed in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century by Dr Mikao Usui, although some research says that Reiki goes back thousands of years. The word Reiki means "Universal Life Energy", and this vital energy flows through all living beings.

It is believed that a person's "ki" or life force needs to be strong and free flowing in order for their mind, body, and spirit to be in an optimum state of health. If this "ki" is weak or blocked, mental, emotional, physical, and / or spiritual imbalances can occur, and arise as many disrupting symptoms. Reiki enhances the mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of a person by re-balancing and restoring this "ki".

Reiki is a method of spiritual healing, but it is not religious in nature, nor affiliated with any religious practices. It has no dogma, and does not require a person to have any beliefs at all.

Reiki is completely safe and is considered a complementary healing art that works alongside conventional medicine, and should not be viewed as a replacement to medical care. It works to relieve negative side effects, promote recovery, shorten healing time, and reduce or eliminate pain. Reiki stimulates your own body’s ability to heal itself without disrupting medical treatments or medications prescribed by your health care providers. Reiki energy will enhance how your body feels by balancing it.

What are some of the many benefits of Reiki?





What should I expect during a Reiki healing session?

Each Reiki session lasts between 60 to 90 minutes, and takes place in a quiet, dedicated setting. Soft, relaxing music will be played in the background to aid in complete relaxation. Reiki is performed on a client who is fully clothed and comfortably reclined on a massage table. Comfortable, loose fitting clothing is recommended, and your shoes will be removed.

Once the client is comfortably situated on the massage table, under a cozy blanket, various types of crystals will be placed on relevant energy centers (chakras), which assist with alignment. The practitioner's hands remain in a stationary position a few inches above various locations of the body through a sequence of positions throughout the session, lasting 2-5 minutes, or more, per area of focus. Some Reiki practitioners use a light, gentle, static touch, but in the state of North Carolina a no touch policy is preferred.


​Generally there is not much conversation during a Reiki session, but I like to steer my sessions like a guided meditation, accompanied by breathing exercises and visualisations.  If you would like to communicate during the session, such as if you are too warm or too cold, if you would like the music adjusted, if you are feeling a sensation you would like to discuss, if something feels uncomfortable for you, or if you have a question or issue, then please do speak up at any time. Your practitioner only wants the best for you and wants to make your session the best experience possible. After the session, your facilitator may ask you if there is anything you would like to share, discuss, or ask, which you may do so if this is your personal preference. This is great feedback for your practitioner’s notes for planning future sessions.

During a Reiki treatment, the recipient may feel certain sensations. Most people feel a deep sense of peace and relaxation, both mentally and physically, and may even fall asleep or yawn repeatedly as incoming Reiki energies soothe and calm pent-up emotional tension and stress. The practitioner’s hands will often heat up as a result of the flow of energy, and you may feel slight tingling, heat, or subtle pulsations at the particular area of focus or throughout the body. You may instead feel coolness, trembling, light-headedness, or numbness. Some people have described experiencing imagery, heightened emotions, and physical sensations. In some cases of chronic conditions, pain may lessen, or completely vanish. Sometimes the experience is dramatic, while for some it may be uneventful yet comforting. The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes subtle, so each recipient will go through their own unique experience. There is no right or wrong way to experience Reiki, it works even if nothing special is noticed or experienced.

Reiki is cumulative and even people who don't notice much the first time usually have progressively deeper experiences as they continue. Besides the immediate experience of the Reiki session, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the day, or days, go on : a sense of being more grounded, centered and balanced; less reactive; a deeper, more sound sleep; more mental clarity; etc. After trying one session, many people go on to schedule a series of sessions to progressively work on their current wellness goals. Three treatments close together is the most effective option when working with acute issues, and stressful life transitions also respond well to cumulative Reiki visits. For general relaxation and stress reduction it is best to go as often as you feel you need it. Listen to your intuition and decide what will work best for you.

Diagnosis is not a part of Reiki, so one should not be expected. It is however highly recommended that you make sure to hydrate by drinking plenty of water and nourish your body with healthy food after your session. It is also beneficial to spend some quiet time that day or evening after your session journaling, or contemplating as you may have some insights as your body continues to process the Reiki session through the body's natural healing response.

Please be advised, if you have the flu or a contagious disease please wait until you are not contagious before scheduling an appointment. If you have an acute condition you should seek out a licensed medical professional. Reiki is an excellent complement to any health and wellness plans, but is not meant as a substitute for medical care.

Reiki in Medicine

Even though Integrative Medicine and Energy Work is still fairly new to conventional medicine, Reiki is already been offered in over 800 American hospitals and clinics.


There are many research studies published in peer-reviewed journals, and this data has been collected by The Center for Reiki Research. Membership is free, and this information is available to anyone who wishes to read it (http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org/). Many of these studies include cases related to the reduction of stress and anxiety, depression, pain management, as well as enhancing HIV treatments and areas of Oncology.


While the list is more extensive, just to name a few of the hospitals offering Reiki in the USA :


  • California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

  • Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, CA

  • South San Diego Veterinary Hospital, San Diego, CA

  • Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

  • Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

  • Windham Hospital, Willimantic, CT

  • George Washington University Medical Center, Washington DC

  • Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC

  • Hawaii Pacific Health-Wilcox Memorial Hospital, Lihue, HI

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA

  • Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA

  • Harvard University, Boston/Cambridge, MA

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

  • Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, MA

  • Carroll Hospital Center, Westminster, MD

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

  • York Hospital, York, ME

  • Concord Hospital, Concord, NH

  • St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, NH

  • Cooper University Hospital-Cooper Cancer Institute, Voorhees, NJ

  • Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ

  • Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

  • Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New-York Presbyterian, New York, NY

  • New York University Medical Center, New York, NY

  • St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, NY

Medical Reiki ™ Training

Developed by Raven Keyes through her years of working in the operating rooms of the top surgeons in America, Medical Reiki ™ Training (RKMRI ) is currently the only training course available to Reiki Masters that places them right into the operating room alongside a surgical team. For more information on Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International, LLC visit www.ravenkeyesmedicalreiki.com.

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