Bliss Bites #60: What is Reiki?

A few weeks ago I sent out a brief survey on busting stress and improving our overall well-being through Reiki to see how I might be able to better support you on your wellness journey.  It was great to see your responses and learn more about what you are in need of.  Some of the questions that came out of the survey have also been useful to me too, so I’m devoting the next several Bliss Bites to answering those questions.

Plus, I’m creating 3 FREE practices to help you reduce stress, rebalance, and center yourself so that you can move toward living with more ease and balance.  Be on the lookout for those!
One question that popped up several times in the survey responses was “What is Reiki?” And what a fantastic question it is.

In my mind Reiki is two different and yet related things.

  • Reiki (pronounced Ray-kee - also known as chi or prana) is the spiritual or life –force energy that resides in everything.  It is the energy that flows through and animates everything – from trees, to animals, to people.  It is the energy that makes each of us uniquely us.  I feel that when we are able to express the best and truest versions of ourselves, the Reiki energy is flowing at its freest.
  • Reiki is also the practice of using light touch to free-up the energy within us so that it can flow more freely through the body.  Through this hands-on practice, we facilitate and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Reiki can be shared with anything that you want to infuse with spiritual energy (plants, animals, food, gifts, notes, even checks you write).  Traditionally Reiki has been done by using light touch on or slightly above the body.  The practitioner can follow a set protocol or he/she can let intuition guide them as to where healing energy needs to be awakened and “sent”. 

Everyone experiences Reiki in their own way. Sometimes people feel a warm or a cool sensation; sometimes people feel tingling or burning; and sometimes people don’t feel anything.  Generally, however, on the other side of the session most everyone has some kind of deeply relaxed sensation and often the effects can be felt up to several days after a session.

One thing I’ve noticed is that when I’m sharing the healing practice of Reiki with others, be it with those who’ve had some experience with Reiki or folks new to Reiki, there is a give and take.  Even though I’m “giving” Reiki, I feel as though I’m receiving something back:  the flow of energy from me to them and them back to me.  I always feel very centered, quiet, and calm after I share Reiki, and I’ve begun to think it’s the free- flow of energy that’s creating that feeling. 
I believe that Reiki is a super important and valuable practice to improve our way of life and our well-being.  By carving out time regularly to nourish and take care of ourselves we allow ourselves to slow down, let go of stress, and rest deeply so that we can better navigate all of life’s demands with energy, balance, and ease.

If you are interested in finding our more about my Reiki and Restorative Yoga with Reiki sessions or even booking a session(s), you can visit my website at or email me directly. I’d also be more than happy to jump on the phone with you to answer any questions you may have about how I can help you move toward living with more balance and ease.

Stay tuned for the next Bliss Bites where we’ll focus more on the benefits of receiving Reiki.
Peace, Love, and Bliss,


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