What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a safe and non-invasive healing modality that is practiced in many countries around the world. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. It helps to re-synchronize the energy systems of the body to restore optimum health physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

When our life force energy is low or weak it can become blocked, impacting our wellbeing and personal health, leading to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.  It is believed that a person’s energy should be strong and free flowing for a person’s body and mind to be in a state of positive health.

Reiki treats the whole person, working on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level. This helps to bring the body back into balance by increasing our life force energy, breaking up energetic blockages and releasing the built up toxins.  It also helps to release unwanted emotion, encourage relaxation and bring about feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki keeps energy from becoming stagnant, which can impede emotional connection to life and helps stimulate the body’s own natural healing ability.

What are the Possible Benefits? 

Although everyone’s own body will dictate how it will choose to balance; here are some of the possible health benefits of Reiki:

  • Promotes natural self-healing
  • Promotes stress reduction and relaxation
  • Improves sleep and digestion
  • Clears toxins
  • Calms emotions and helps lift anxiety, depression, anger, sadness and fear
  • Calms the mind, improves focus and elevates mood
  • Support in recovery from illness and pain
  • Treatment of pain and reduction of symptoms of chronic health issues
  • Improve range of motion
  • Strengthening of the immune system
  • Releases blocked and suppressed feelings
  • Increase energy levels
  • Provides more vitality and a sense of wellbeing
  • Release of accumulated daily stress
  • Opens up creativity blocks
  • Deepened awareness

Who can benefit from Reiki?

Reiki is suitable and safe for people regardless of age, gender, ethnic background or religion. Reiki is also safe during pregnancy. All living organisms can benefit from Reiki. Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. It is complementary with other medical treatments, healing modalities and therapies, and may speed healing and recovery time from injury or illness.

What to Expect During a Session

The client relaxes comfortably on a massage table, fully clothed with their shoes removed, while Reiki is administered through specific hand positions placed either on or above the body. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended. If a client prefers not to be touched, they can indicate this to the practitioner prior to the start of the session.

Each Reiki treatment is unique and everyone will have a different experience.

It is advised to approach each session with the mindset of being open and willing to receive Reiki healing energy. If there is an area that is functioning less than optimally, whether it is on the mental, physical, emotional or spiritual level, Reiki will flow to this area. With each session, Reiki will move the body to its unique place of balance.

During the treatment some clients may feel temperature changes (hot or cold) in different areas of their body, tingling, pulsing or nothing at all besides deep relaxation. As Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings, a state of peace and well-being may be experienced. Most people find the treatment very soothing, relaxing and some people will even fall asleep. At the end of the treatment, one usually feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.

How often do I Need a Session?

The number of sessions required will vary depending on wellness goals and/or the complexity of condition.

For an introduction to Reiki, a series of 4-6 treatments scheduled regularly is strongly recommended.

After the introduction treatments, one Reiki session every 2-3 weeks is suggested for regular maintenance, relaxation, rebalancing or reenergizing.

*To book an appointment, you can book online at or email Sarah directly: sarah@reikienergy.c

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Sarah Gray studied Reiki in Ontario, under Dee Hughes, from Voyage of Hope. In 2012, she became a certified Reiki Master-Teacher of the Usui/Tibetan system of healing and is a registered member of the Canadian Reiki Association. Sarah is passionate about natural healing in its many forms and is currently studying to become an Herbalist at the East West Planetary School of Herbology out of California.

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