The Path of the Reiki Student Mirrors a Personal Healing Path. The journey into Reiki is a transformative one.

Reiki is a Universal Life Force Energy that forms the basis of a Spiritual Practice teaching you about your own Energy system.

The Reiki Journey is a process of living and learning, but from a place of inner Power. It’s about knowing who you are within and stepping into a life to reflect who you are in your daily life as you align to you innate abilities and talents, while at the same time fulfilling your highest purpose.


Reiki Will Help You To Open Up To Your Highest Potential. You Are Your Purpose.


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Reiki 
(This is a government information sheet for which Pamela Miles was the lead reviewer, which was available at the website below until it was updated in 2012.)

Reiki is a healing practice that originated in Japan. Reiki practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment, with the goal of facilitating the person's own healing response. In the United States, Reiki is part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This fact sheet provides a general overview of Reiki and suggests sources for additional information.

Key Points
* People use Reiki to promote overall health and well-being. Reiki is also used by people who are seeking relief from disease-related symptoms and the side effects of conventional medical treatments.
* Reiki has historically been practiced as a form of self-care. Increasingly, it is also provided by health care professionals in a variety of clinical settings.
* People do not need a special background to learn how to perform Reiki. Currently, training and certification for Reiki practitioners are not formally regulated.
* Scientific research is under way to learn more about how Reiki may work, its possible effects on health, and diseases and conditions for which it may be helpful.
* Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

The word "Reiki" is derived from two Japanese words: rei, or universal, and ki, or life
energy. Current Reiki practice can be traced to the spiritual teachings of Mikao Usui in
Japan during the early 20th century. Usui's teachings included meditative techniques
and healing practices. One of Usui's students, Chujiro Hayashi, further developed the
healing practices, placing less emphasis on the meditative techniques. An American
named Hawayo Takata learned Reiki from Hayashi in Japan and introduced it to Western
cultures in the late 1930s.

A more detailed history of Reiki can be found in Miles and True’s (2003) article, “Reiki-
Review of a Biofield Therapy History, Theory, Practice and Research.” In Alternative
Therapies Vol. 9, #2.,pp. 63 & 64.

The type of Reiki practiced and taught by Hayashi and Takata may be considered
traditional Reiki. Numerous variations (or schools) of Reiki have since been developed
and are currently practiced.

Reiki is based on the idea that there is a universal (or source) energy that supports the
body's innate healing abilities. Practitioners seek to access this energy, allowing it to
flow to the body and facilitate healing.
Although generally practiced as a form of self-care, Reiki can be received from someone
else and may be offered in a variety of health care settings, including medical offices,
NCCAM Reiki Backgrounder hospitals, and clinics. It can be practiced on its own or along with other CAM therapies or conventional medical treatments.

In a Reiki session, the client lies down or sits comfortably, fully clothed. The
practitioner's hands are placed lightly on or just above the client's body, palms down,
using a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions. Each position is held for about 2 to 5
minutes, or until the practitioner feels that the flow of energy—experienced as
sensations such as heat or tingling in the hands—has slowed or stopped. The number of
sessions depends on the health needs of the client. Typically, the practitioner delivers at
least four sessions of 30 to 90 minutes each. The duration of Reiki sessions may be
shorter in certain health care settings (for example, during surgery).
Practitioners with appropriate training may perform Reiki from a distance, that is, on
clients who are not physically present in the office or clinic.

A 2002 national survey by the National Center for Health Statistics and the National
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) on adult Americans' use of
CAM found that 1.1 percent of the more than 31,000 participants had ever used Reiki
for health purposes. Adjusted to nationally representative numbers, this percentage
means that at the time of the survey, more than 2.2 million adults in the United States
had ever used Reiki.
People use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief, in efforts to
improve overall health and well-being. Reiki has been used by people with anxiety,
chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions, as well as by people recovering
from surgery or experiencing side effects from cancer treatments. Reiki has also been
given to people who are dying (and to their families and caregivers) to help impart a
sense of peace.

Effects and Safety
Clients may experience a deep state of relaxation during a Reiki session. They might
also feel warm, tingly, sleepy, or refreshed.
Reiki appears to be generally safe, and no serious side effects have been reported.
Training, Licensing, and Certification
No special background or credentials are needed to receive training. However, Reiki
must be learned from an experienced teacher or a Master; it cannot be self-taught. The
specific techniques taught can vary greatly.
Training in traditional Reiki has three degrees (levels), each focusing on a different
aspect of practice. Each degree includes one or more initiations (also called attunements
or empowerments). Receiving an initiation is believed to activate the ability to access
Reiki energy. Training for first- and second-degree practice is typically given in 8 to 12
class hours over about 2 days. In first-degree training, students learn to perform Reiki
on themselves and on others. In second-degree training, students learn to perform Reiki
on others from a distance. Some students seek master-level (third-degree) training. A
Reiki Master can teach and initiate students. Becoming a Master can take years.
Reiki practitioners' training and expertise vary. Increasingly, many people who seek
training are licensed health care professionals. However, no licensing or professional
standards exist for the practice of Reiki.

If You Are Thinking About Using Reiki
* Do not use Reiki as a replacement for proven conventional care or to postpone
seeing a doctor about a medical problem.
* Find out about the Reiki practitioner's background, including training and
experience treating clients.
* Be aware that Reiki has not been well studied scientifically, but research on whether
and how Reiki may work is under way.
* Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices
you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help
ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips about talking with your health care providers
about CAM, see NCCAMs Time To Talk campaign.
NCCAM-Funded Research

Some recent NCCAM-supported studies have been investigating:
- How Reiki might work
- Whether Reiki is effective and safe for treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia
- Reiki's possible impact on the well-being and quality of life in people with advanced AIDS
- The possible effects of Reiki on disease progression and/or anxiety in people with prostate cancer
- Whether Reiki can help reduce nerve pain and cardiovascular risk in people with type 2 diabetes.

Selected References
Barnes PM, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, Nahin RL. Complementary and alternative
medicine use among adults: United States, 2002. CDC Advance Data Report #343. 2004.
DiNucci EM. Energy healing: a complementary treatment for orthopaedic and other
conditions. Orthopaedic Nursing. 2005;24(4):259–269.
Engebretson J, Wardell DW. Experience of a Reiki session. Alternative Therapies in
Health and Medicine. 2002;8(2):48–53.
LaTorre MA. The use of Reiki in psychotherapy. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.
Miles P. Reiki for mind, body, and spirit support of cancer patients. Advances in
Mind-Body Medicine. 2007;22(2):20–26.
Miles P, True G. Reiki-review of a biofield therapy history, theory, practice, and
research. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):62–72.
Nield-Anderson L, Ameling A. Reiki: a complementary therapy for nursing practice.
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2001;39(4):42–49.
The NCCAM Clearinghouse provides information on CAM and NCCAM, including
publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The
Clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or
referrals to practitioners.
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information and (in most cases) brief summaries of articles from scientific and medical
journals. CAM on PubMed, developed jointly by NCCAM and NLM, is a subset of the
PubMed system and focuses on the topic of CAM.
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CAM on PubMed: is a database of information on federally and privately supported
clinical trials (research studies in people) for a wide range of diseases and conditions. It
is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug
NCCAM thanks the following people for their technical expertise and review of the
original publication: Joan Fox, Ph.D., and Didier Allexandre, Ph.D., The Cleveland Clinic;
Karen Prestwood, M.D., University of Connecticut Health Center; Gala True, Ph.D., Albert
Einstein Healthcare Network; and Morgan Jackson, M.D., and Shan Wong, Ph.D., NCCAM.
NCCAM thanks the following people for their technical expertise and review of the
content update of this publication: Pamela Miles, Integrative Health Care Consultant and
Reiki Master, Institute for the Advancement of Complementary Therapies; Gary L. Yount,
Ph.D., California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute; and Barbara E. Moquin, Ph.D.,
and Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D., NCCAM.
NCCAM has provided this material for your information. It is not intended to substitute
for the medical expertise and advice of your primary health care provider. We encourage
you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with your health care provider. The
mention of any product, service, or therapy is not an endorsement by NCCAM.
This publication is not copyrighted and is in the public domain. Duplication is

Prerequisites for Reiki Master Teacher Training
      • Practice Self Care - a
          minimum of 20 minutes of 
           hands on self treatment daily.
      • Receive Reiki - 1 session for
          every 6-7 sessions that you give
      • Giving Reiki - 1:1 sessions - 3
          in trade - 3 for fees - 1
          package of 3
      • Reiki Circle/Reiki Share - 2
          during the course of the year
      • Community service -
      • Suggested Reading-

The Reiki Manual - Penelope Quest
How can I Help? - Ram Das and Paul Gorman
Debbie Ford - Dark Side of the Light Chasers

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Prerequisites for Reiki Master Teacher:
      • Practice Self Care - a minimum of 20 minutes of hands on self     
           treatment daily.
      • Receive Reiki - 1 session for every 6-7 sessions that you give
      • Giving Reiki - 1:1 sessions - 3 in trade - 3 for fees - 1 package of 3
      • Reiki Circle/Reiki Share - 2 during the course of the year
      • Community service - personal project that involves giving Reiki to
          your community ( this can be combined with a Reiki circle)
      • Suggested Reading-
                The Reiki Manual - Penelope Quest
                The Reiki Teacher's Guide - Tia Zion
                How can I Help? - Ram Das and Paul Gorman
                Debbie Ford - Dark Side of the Light Chasers

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