Kyra Wiggins, LMT RM
Massage Therapy & Reiki: Holistic Healing and Teaching
What is Reiki


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The natural healing art originated in Tibet and was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist, in the early 20th century.  It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.


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Scientific Research


Reiki is a method of healing that has been used for over 90 years.  This form of healing is not only used by holistic practitioners around the world, according to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, over 800 hospitals in the United States have been known to offer Reiki as a part of hospital services.  Scientific awareness of Reiki is growing and many evidence based research studies have been conducted.

Whether you are interested in knowing the effect of Reiki on patients suffering from cancer, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression or just general pain, there is a research study available to give you a little more insight.  The Center for Reiki Research has conveniently cataloged these studies and can be found by following the link.  Accessing the catalog of studies will require you to sign up for a membership, which is FREE of charge.  With this membership you will not only have the latest information in regards to Reiki research studies, you will also have access to a list of hospitals that currently include Reiki as a part of their services.


Reiki Benefits


Besides the common benefits of stress reduction and relaxation, Reiki is a natural therapy that balances life energies.  These factors help the body heal itself and promote an increase in overall health and well being.  This technique works with the Higher Self of the receiver to heal the mind, body and spirit.

When the flow of the "Life Force Energy" is disrupted, weakened or blocked, emotional or health problems tend to occur. Imbalances can be caused from:

  • emotional or physical trauma
  • injury
  • negative self-talk
  • toxicity
  • nutritional depletion
  • destructive lifestyle and relationships
  • negative thoughts and feelings, including fear, worry, doubt, anger & anxiety
  • neglect of self and lack of love for oneself or others; from emotions that are not expressed in a healthy way

Reiki is excellent for healing any physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues of any kind.  Some other benefits of Reiki are:

  • Aids better sleep
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Can help with acute (injuries) and chronic problems (asthma, eczema, headaches, etc.)
  • Aides the breaking of addictions
  • Helps relieve pain
  • Removes energy blockages; adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony
  • Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins
  • Reduces some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to recover from drug therapy after surgery and chemotherapy
  • Supports the immune system
  • Increases vitality and postpones the aging process
  • Raises the vibrational frequency of the body
  • Helps spiritual growth and emotional clearing

When we are relaxed and stress-free, we are able to restore our natural ability to heal.


Thank you for your interest in this holistic art form and I hope that this information proves helpful!


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