Reiki through History

Reiki through History

Reiki through History

Posted on May 1st, 2023.

At Sherrie’s Holistic Healing, we believe in the power of natural healing methods to promote overall wellness and balance in our lives. One such method that we specialize in is Reiki, a Japanese form of alternative therapy that uses gentle touch to promote healing and relaxation. In this blog post, we will explore the history of Reiki, how it came to be, and its evolution to what it is today.

The Origins of Reiki

Reiki was developed in Japan in the early 20th century by a man named Mikao Usui. Usui was a Buddhist monk who was deeply interested in spirituality and alternative healing methods. He wanted to find a way to help people heal without the use of drugs or invasive procedures, and so he began to explore various ancient healing practices.

One day, Usui had a spiritual experience on a mountain that he believed was a message from the divine. He received a set of symbols and an understanding of how to use them to promote healing. This was the beginning of Reiki.

The Evolution of Reiki

Usui began to teach Reiki to others, and it quickly spread throughout Japan. However, it wasn't until after his death that Reiki really began to gain popularity in the West. In the 1930s, a woman named Hawayo Takata, who had been cured of a serious illness through Reiki, brought the practice to Hawaii and began to teach it there.

Since then, Reiki has continued to grow in popularity throughout the world. Today, there are many different forms of Reiki, and each practitioner may have their own unique style. However, the underlying principles of Reiki remain the same - to promote healing and balance through the use of gentle touch and energy work.

The Philosophy of Reiki

At the heart of Reiki is the belief that there is a universal life force energy that flows through all living things. When this energy is blocked or disrupted, it can lead to physical, emotional, or spiritual imbalances that can manifest as illness or other problems.

Reiki practitioners believe that they can help to restore balance and promote healing by channeling this energy through their hands to the recipient. This is done through a series of hand positions on or near the body, and the recipient may feel a warm or tingling sensation as the energy flows through them.

The Benefits of Reiki

There are many potential benefits of Reiki, including:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved sleep
  • Pain relief
  • Enhanced immune function
  • Improved digestion
  • Increased energy levels
  • Spiritual growth and development

Reiki is a non-invasive, gentle therapy that can be used alone or in conjunction with other forms of traditional or alternative medicine. It is suitable for people of all ages and can be used to promote healing in a wide range of conditions.

What to Expect During a Reiki Session

If you decide to try Reiki for yourself, you may be wondering what to expect during a session. Typically, a Reiki session will last between 60 and 90 minutes, and you will remain fully clothed throughout.

The practitioner will begin by discussing your goals for the session and any specific areas that you would like them to focus on. They will then ask you to lie down on a massage table, and they will begin to work on you, moving their hands through a series of hand positions.

During the session, you may feel a variety of sensations, including warmth, tingling, or a sense of deep relaxation. Some people may also experience emotional releases, such as crying or laughing. This is normal and is a sign that the energy is working to release any blockages or imbalances in your system.


In conclusion, Reiki is a gentle and effective form of alternative therapy that can help to promote healing and balance in the body, mind, and spirit. Its origins can be traced back to Japan in the early 20th century, and it has since evolved and grown in popularity throughout the world.

At Sherrie’s Holistic Healing , we believe in the power of Reiki to promote overall wellness and balance in our clients' lives. If you are interested in trying Reiki for yourself, we invite you to reach out to us to schedule a session. Our experienced practitioners are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and promoting your overall health and wellbeing.

To schedule a session, please call us at 8087799089 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your healing journey.

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