What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

by Shelley Mota, RMT, Reiki Master Practitioner, Novice Medium and Part Owner of New Moon Massage Therapy and Wellness Centre


For a while now, my clients have asked me what Reiki is and why they should try it. The very question in of itself means you have been guided to try it!

For over a decade I have been practicing Reiki and over the past 5 years or so I have been a Reiki Master. All that really means is that I can teach it and pass it down to other practitioners. Still to this day, I have a hard time breaking down into words how remarkable it is and the experiences I have shared with my clients.

Ok, SO what IS IT exactly? Reiki, quite simply, means “spiritually guided life force energy.” It is a Japanese technique that has been around for ages. While the method we use today was formulated in 1922, the practice of Reiki has evolved over the years as it has been passed down from Master to Master, however the principles and the core values remain the same.

It is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. Reiki addresses the whole person, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It works by removing blockages of energy that are causing issues such as pain, restlessness, anxiety, balances organ function and many others. These days, most of my clients have some form of anxiety or depression that is holding them back in some way. They feel “out of sorts” and seek me out. Some clients question if it is safe because of their current medications or treatment they are receiving from their primary care providers, but because Reiki is guided by our consciousness and intentions set by the practitioner it can only do good, never cause harm. The Reiki will go to where it is needed and is appropriate for every condition. It has no dogma and is not a religion so anyone can use it.

Every Reiki Practitioner treats differently just as every massage therapist is different. Some say it has layers like an onion, each visit and each treatment reveals another layer, and no two sessions are the same because you are different. Every experience you have had in your life has had an impact on who you are, and therefore you will continue to grow spiritually.

The treatment itself involves laying of hands in a series of hand positions across the 7 Chakras, from your head, abdomen and body and then to your feet. I personally incorporate healing crystals such as Clear Quartz or Rose Quartz to intensify the treatment. Most clients feel a warm or cold sensation, tingling in old injuries or they feel like they are in a dreamlike state, often saying they felt as if they were napping but were still awake! Some clients are more attuned to their energy and will see colors or have visions, every session is different and truly remarkable! I also Smudge the room, both myself and the client with Sage to help cleanse the air and energy before and after a session. Since I am also a Novice Medium, I sometimes receive spiritually guided intuitive messages for my clients. (more on that later!)

The Healing Crisis or Process?

After a treatment you may go through what some may call a healing crisis. I prefer to call it a process, because that is what I aim for. A process of self discovery. In getting to know yourself, your body, your emotions, what is holding you back from the life you want? What is preventing you from achieving the life you strive for?

You may feel the need to make healthier choices in your life. Drink more water. WATER. The answer is always more water. Eat healthier, go to sleep earlier, remove yourself from situations that no longer serve you and start to make connections with people that do! A physical change can happen as well. When a healing has taken place your organs are now operating at a higher frequency. You may feel like you are detoxing as it is the body’s way of ridding itself of what it no longer needs to hold onto. It is however, important to note that this does not happen after every treatment, but when it does, just know that you have received a deeper level of healing!

I will leave you with this. The Reiki Ideals, adapted.

Reiki Ideals:

Just for Today, I release anger thoughts and feelings

Just for Today, I release thoughts of worry

Just for Today, I am grateful for all my blessings

Just for Today, I am working with honesty and integrity

Just for Today, I am kind to all living things