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Thursday, Sep. 28th 2023

What Does a Reiki Practitioner Do?

A Reiki practitioner is an individual who practices Reiki, a form of complementary therapy that promotes healing, relaxation, and overall well-being. Reiki is based on channeling healing energy through the practitioner’s hands into the recipient’s body. The word “Reiki” is derived from two Japanese words: “rei,” which means universal or spiritual, and “ki,” which means life force energy.


A Reiki Master is also known as a Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a spiritual healing art of Japanese origin; a spiritually guided life force energy. A Reiki practitioner can help you restore life energy. On a spiritual level, Reiki can be defined as the channeling of Divine Energy, which comes from a Higher Power. The Japanese technique of using Reiki to heal the body, mind, and spirit draws on life force energy through touch, the laying on of hands. Clients who report they experience less anxiety, reduced stress, and relief from physical pain. Students have reported improvement in mood and well-being also! 


The Reiki Master receives the enhanced potential for healing and wisdom from Reiki energy by using the teachings to achieve a higher level of consciousness. One of the greatest joys of a Reiki Mastership is teaching Reiki to others and how to become a Reiki practitioner. Here’s what a Reiki practitioner typically does:

  • Preparation: A Reiki practitioner prepares for a session by creating a calm and peaceful environment, including dimming the lights, playing soothing music, and ensuring that the recipient is comfortable.
  • Hands-On Healing: During a session, the Reiki practitioner places their hands on or near the recipient’s body. They follow a specific sequence of hand placements, generally starting from the head and moving down towards the feet. The practitioner’s hands are typically held in each position for a few minutes.
  • Energy Channeling: The practitioner acts as a channel for universal life force energy. Reiki energy flows through them and into the recipient, helping to balance and harmonize the recipient’s energy field.
  • Healing Intention: The practitioner focuses on promoting healing and well-being for the recipient according to their desire. 
  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Reiki sessions are often profoundly relaxing, and recipients often report feeling a sense of calm and reduced stress after a session. This relaxation response can support the body’s ability to heal itself.
  • Holistic Approach: Reiki is considered a holistic practice, addressing not only physical aspects of health but also emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects. Practitioners believe that imbalances in the energy system can manifest as various issues in these different areas.
  • Non-Invasive: Reiki is non-invasive and does not involve manipulating the body’s tissues. Recipients remain fully clothed during a session.

Karen has written numerous articles for the Reiki News Magazine; you can find those on the Reiki Articles page. She began studying Reiki in 1993 and has studied with several ICRT teachers and Japanese Reiki Masters: Hiroshi Doi, Hyakuten Inamoto, and Mrs. Chiyoko Yamaguchi. In addition to her Reiki practice, she is licensed as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. She was on the Spiritual Counseling Staff of Unity Church of Overland Park, Kansas, for 22 years. Karen’s mission as a Reiki practitioner is to empower others to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.


If you are interested in learning more about energy healing, the art of Reiki, or hiring a Reiki practitioner, contact the Whole Life Center in Kansas City at (816) 523-4440 or use our online form to send us a message.

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