Frequently asked questions about Reiki

What can I expect to feel during a Reiki treatment?

Reiki presents itself according to how an individual needs to perceive it. Some people feel sensations such as heat, tingling or coolness. Each area in the body may perceive the energy in different ways.

Many people do not experience the sensations mentioned, but go into a deep state of relaxation. In my experience, most people fall asleep during Reiki treatments.

It is not unusual for people to feel the energy moving to areas of old injury or tension. Indeed, some feel a pang of discomfort as the energy helps to bring residue healing and restore balance to such areas.

How long does a Reiki treatment last?

Most Reiki practitioners allow anything from one hour to an hour and a half for treatments.

How many Reiki treatments do people require?

No two people are the same. Therefore, no two people will respond to Reiki in the same way or in an identical time frame.

For people with chronic conditions, weekly treatments are usually encouraged for about four to six weeks. This allows the energy to build up in the system. The treatments can then be reviewed accordingly.

Those challenged with an acute condition may notice lasting improvements after only one or two treatments. Again, no two cases are the same.

Are some Reiki practitioners better than others?

You may resonate to one practitioner above another. That does not make one better than the other.

The beauty of Reiki is that it does not do any harm. However, it helps if your Reiki practitioner has the knowledge and experience to support what happens during Reiki treatments.


If I was choosing a Reiki practitioner, I would look for three things.

  • A practitioner who is passionate about what they do.
  • A practitioner who has a broad and unlimited understanding about energy and its potentials.
  • A person who gained as much experience as possible, before embarking down the professional road.

What can Reiki cure?

Reiki has helped a broad range of conditions from skin conditions to cancer. In my opinion it has unlimited potential. That does not mean that every person that has a Reiki treatment or who attends a Reiki workshop will be get exactly what they expect.

Healing is a process and has many dynamics to it. No Reiki practitioner worth their salt should be claiming that Reiki can cure anything. All we know is what it has done for others. What it will do for you will be apparent after your Reiki treatments.

The broad potentials of this energy can be seen in the case history section.

Can I have Reiki if I am on medication?

Yes, you may. Reiki is being used in many hospitals world wide along side conventional therapies.

Is there any removal of clothing during Reiki treatments?

There is no need for any removal of clothing during treatments. You may find it more comfortable to remove your shoes and perhaps to loosen a top button on a shirt. However, even this is not necessary?

Why does my Reiki practitioner ask me to remove my jewelry before Reiki?

Metal is a conductor of energy. Your Reiki practitioner would probably prefer that you get the Reiki and not your jewelry.

Do I have to believe in Reiki in order for it to work?

Reiki works on unconscious patients, babies and animals. They have no conscious awareness about Reiki. The acceptance of the Reiki energy during a Reiki treatment operates below conscious thought. It is the subconscious desires of the person in receipt of the Reiki energy that will determine whether the energy is taken in or not.

Are Reiki practitioners and teachers part of a cult?

No, they are definitely not. There are many people who practise Reiki worldwide in the hope of bringing a better quality of life to themselves and to others. People from all belief systems, religions and cultures are represented in the Reiki community. It is up to each individual practitioner to integrate Reiki into their life according to their desires and needs.

Is Reiki a religion?

No, it is not. It is important to draw a distinction between the word religious and spiritual. People of all religious persuasions and belief systems practise this healing art. Reiki has some of its roots in Japan, but it is not tied to Buddhism.

Reiki helps people to touch base with who they are on a deep level. In this way it is spiritual, linking a person to their core essence and desires.

Can anyone learn how to do Reiki for themselves?

Yes, it is something available to everyone. For those who desire to learn this healing art, follow the link to find out more about our Reiki workshops.

Are Reiki teachers more enlightened than other people?

Reiki is something that can contribute to our evolution. There are not enough shades in the rainbow to illustrate the different types of Reiki teachers involved in this healing discipline.

We are all attempting to master the human condition with its associated emotions. Some Reiki teachers may be further along the road than others.

What does the title Reiki Master mean?

The title Reiki Master is one that is often misunderstood. This title was adopted in the west for people who had been attuned to the third level of Reiki training. It was not a title that was used in Japan for Reiki teachers.

In the east this title was reserved for those who had mastered the human within themselves. They could raise their frequency at will and create the miraculous in all aspects of their lives.

I personally prefer the title Reiki teacher. Until I have mastered the human in me completely I am not truly deserving of the title “Master”. I consider myself a master in the making.