What is Reiki? How Does it Work?

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a healing method that uses the body’s inherent life force to cleanse and renew the mind, body, and spirit. Reiki promotes stress reduction, relaxation, and healing by focusing energy on specific parts of the body and allowing the life force within you to increase the functionality and well-being of your body. Before I go any further, I must say: Reiki is not a religion. It does not even require religious belief for it to work. However, those who use Reiki usually find themselves more connected to their deity, rather than having a merely conceptual idea of religion.


Derived from the Japanese words Rei, meaning “God’s Wisdom” or “Higher Power” and Ki, meaning “life force energy”, Reiki translated means “spiritually guided life force energy”. The traditional Japanese practice was founded on the ideals of Buddhist Mikao Usui. The westernized adaptations of Reiki, like the traditional Japanese, believe that as humans we must take an active part in and a responsibility for our own healing. The life force within us is affected by the negative thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves. Reiki will help you to clear your own negative perceptions so that positive energy will flow through your chakras to nourish your organs and cells and heal your body.


How does Reiki work?

Your Reiki session should always begin with a statement of affirmation or prayer expressing your gratitude for and your willingness to be deeply healed. In your first few sessions, don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable expressing this. Your massage therapist at Fluid Factor will prepare and focus their thought and energy, on your behalf in this manner for optimal results.


Reiki is performed by a series of holding techniques that focus energy to a specific part of the body. While you lay comfortably, your therapist will place their hands lightly on or slightly above your abdomen, heart, throat, eyes, etc. to focus energy on your chakras or energy points.


The best part about Reiki is the self-guided nature of the treatment. The energy is of God and knows what areas need treatment in each client. It can never do harm, only heal and let God’s light shine through you.


Book a Reiki Session at Fluid Factor to learn more and gain firsthand experience with this simple and peaceful healing process. Contact us for more information, click here, or call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you to achieve your wellness and health goals.

– Anita Bakke, LMT, CDT