What is Reiki?
Usui Reiki, an age-old Japanese energy healing technique, taps into the power of universal energy, channeling it from the spiritual plane directly into your physical being. This life force energy, resonating with the frequencies of light and love, can genuinely be a catalyst for transformative experiences in your life. Our soul’s essence is this love-light energy, and Reiki healing sessions work to recharge and harmonize our bodies. Reiki, a term derived from the Japanese words “Rei,” signifying universal life, and “Ki,” symbolizing energy, represents the life force energy coursing through all living beings.
Our bodies house seven primary energy hubs, commonly referred to as “chakras.” In an optimal state of harmony, divine light flows from the spiritual realm, through these chakras, and into our physical world. As a certified Reiki Master in Toronto, I utilize this energy healing technique to alleviate blockages and tension in your body—a process often known as chakra balancing.
Popularization of Reiki Therapy
Recently, Reiki therapy stands as one of the most sought-after forms of energy healing in North America, particularly in Canada. The medical community acknowledges its harmlessness, and it’s common to find Reiki practitioners offering their healing services in hospitals. Reiki’s efficacy in inducing a state of profound relaxation is widely recognized.
Energy healing sessions can significantly contribute to creating an environment conducive to healing emotional, physical, and mental issues. These sessions, both relaxing and pleasant, can aid in restoring the joy and happiness you were meant to experience. This positive energy healing technique can be likened to a massage, releasing trapped emotional traumas from the body.
Reiki Session Together
Before embarking on a Reiki therapy session at my Toronto Reiki practice, it’s recommended to wear the most comfortable attire. As you lie on a massage table, I ensure your comfort with a blanket and strategically placed pillows to support your head and back. Many clients describe the experience as a serene journey between wakefulness and light sleep.
Traditional Usui Reiki sessions typically occur in silence, but I often share my observations during or after a treatment. These insights may include energetic vortexes, your spirit guides, and ancestors, providing valuable guidance for your healing journey. Depending on your preference, you can choose between silent Reiki or the more communicative modern Reiki sessions.
My modern Reiki technique has evolved from the traditional Usui method. I find it beneficial to involve my clients actively in their chakra healing process. There’s a thin line between medical intuitive readings and modern Reiki. If you’re seeking an in-depth medical intuitive reading, book an Integrated Session; otherwise, a modern Reiki session will provide a glimpse into your energetic health.
This conscious healing approach is often found insightful by many. Both recent and long-standing emotional wounds become evident in our chakra energy centers. They require recognition and release for comprehensive healing. When old wounds persist post-Reiki, I recommend an Integrated Session combining medical intuitive reading or heart clearing. With a broad spectrum of healing techniques, Reiki is fantastic for general balance—it’s like an energetic massage. However, for deeper emotional wounds, I suggest a more targeted healing approach.
Work Together in Toronto or Online
As a certified Reiki Master and spiritual healer in Toronto, I tailor my approach to your specific needs. From anxiety relief to healing physical injuries, diseases, and minor emotional blockages, Reiki healing has the potential to bring about significant improvement. From a Reiki practitioner’s perspective, our bodies harbor divine light that might need occasional adjustment. Energy blockages can also stem from a toxic work environment or relationship.
Although in-person Reiki therapy sessions at my Toronto office are preferable, I also extend my Reiki healing services globally through distance healing. When we converse, let me know if you’d prefer FaceTime/WhatsApp sessions or in-person.
Contact Me & Purchase a Session Below
Articles About Reiki
Reiki in the Clinical Setting is On The Rise
Today, Reiki is increasingly finding its way into institutional settings, from hospitals to hospices, and the push appears to be coming from patients as well as clinical practitioners.
“More and more, patients are requesting care beyond what most consider to be traditional health services, and hospitals are responding to the needs of the communities they serve by offering these therapies,” according to researcher Sita Ananth of Health Forum, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA). “And hospitals are responding to the needs of the communities they serve by offering these therapies.”
The therapy of Reiki is now one of the top three complementary in-patient therapies in U.S. hospitals, according to an AHA survey. Massage therapy takes first place, with 37% of hospital patients requesting it. Number two is music and art therapy at 25%, and a very close third is “healing touch therapies” at 25%, which included Reiki and Therapeutic Touch.
Physicians utilize Reiki
Reiki: Patients love it.
For example, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York not only offers Reiki therapy to patients but also teaches Reiki once a month, inviting the patients’ caregivers, the patients themselves, and the general public to learn it. “Patients love it,” says Simone Zappa, RN, an administrator in the Integrative Medicine Department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. “And they love it because it works.”
According to an International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP) study of “America’s Best Hospitals” (the top 25 ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 2002), 60% of them had formal or informal Reiki programs in place. All hospitals using Reiki said that they believed Reiki to be at least somewhat beneficial for patients, and 67% said they believed Reiki to be highly beneficial.
Reiki in Institutions
Acceptance of Reiki in institutions comes in part because it is so easy to incorporate into the clinical setting. It requires no specific setting, technology, or preparation. Reiki is a touch therapy, and RNs and other professionals routinely touch patients as part of their job. If they are Reiki-trained, every time they touch a patient, the patient automatically receives Reiki energy. Since long, formal sessions are not required to support a patient with Reiki therapy, opportunistic mini-treatments in the normal course of patient care make Reiki very easy to incorporate.
What Nurses and Physicians say about Reiki in the Clinical Setting
Mounting anecdotal evidence confirms its benefits over and over again. Nurses and physicians who use Reiki in the clinical setting consistently say it: Makes a patient relaxed, calm and cooperative; relieves acute and chronic pain; boosts the immune system; reduces stress; decreases the need for pain medication; improves sleep and appetite; accelerates the healing process, and has no side effects or contraindications. They also say that Reiki reduces many of the unwanted side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, including nausea and fatigue.
Self Reiki for Nurses
Since health care service in general and nursing in particular are industries with very high burnout rates, the benefits of Reiki for practitioners cannot be underestimated. Reiki is just as easily incorporated into the clinical setting for a nurse as it is for a patient, allowing the nurse immediate stress relief and relaxation after just a few minutes of self-treatment on the job.
Ongoing Research – Reiki and Surgery
Perhaps most importantly, increasing research allows Western healthcare practitioners to see quantifiable data about the effects of Reiki on patients with a variety of conditions. The largest ongoing study of Reiki in the clinical setting continues to be conducted at Columbia/HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth, NH, where more than 8,000 surgical patients have been given pre-and post-surgery Reiki treatments. Reiki is incorporated into their admission procedure and is also administered during transport to surgery. Treatments are given by trained RNs, physical therapists, technicians, and support staff.
Research results continue to be consistent. All the patients in this study who received Reiki had the need for less anesthesia, had less bleeding during surgery, used less pain medications, had shorter lengths of stay in the hospital, and indicated greater satisfaction with their hospital experience than other patients.
Reiki for Pain Management
The Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canada, conducted a study on the effects of Reiki with 20 oncology patients in chronic pain. Study supervisors used both a VAS (visual analog scale) and Likert scale to measure pain before and after Reiki, and their conclusion was that Reiki greatly improved pain levels.
Reiki and Oncology
Other research with oncology patients shows that Reiki speeds up the elimination of toxins, improves immune response, helps manage side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and helps reduce the inevitable fear and anxiety that accompanies a cancer diagnosis.
Reiki and the Heart
The Section of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, at Yale University conducted a study to determine if Reiki would improve Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in patients recovering from acute coronary syndrome. Reiki is an ongoing clinical program offered on Yale-New Haven Hospital cardiac units, so the Reiki therapists in this study were 5 Reiki-trained nurses already employed in that program. To compare Reiki to musical intervention and resting control, continuous electrocardiographic readings were obtained for 12 control, 13 music, and 12 Reiki patients. The change with Reiki was significantly greater than with music (p=0.007) or resting (p=0.025).
Reiki and Chronic Illnesses
Several studies on Reiki and chronic illness indicate improvement in spleen, lymphatic and nervous system function in patients with multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and thyroid disorder, as well as better management of symptoms in patients with AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and sleep disorders.