Reiki FAQs

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy-balancing technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing on all levels (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual). It is administered by the laying on of hands and is based on the idea that we can easily learn to harness, enhance and direct the unseen life force energy (which is always around and flowing through us) for the highest benefit of ourselves and others.  If your life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress.  If it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.  Reiki promotes this higher level of life force energy, which improves the chances for healing to occur on any and all levels.

During the 1920s, Mikao Usui, a japanese businessman and esoteric practitioner, was the founder of Reiki. He received the gift of Reiki energy during a period of meditation that lasted 21 days.

The ability to perform Reiki is passed on from teacher to student via a formal initiation and education process.  Many people seek Reiki therapy for relaxation and energy balancing. Because of its universal appeal, Reiki is practiced by individuals from all walks of life and religious beliefs.

Receiving Reiki therapy is like the relaxed feeling your body gets from a massage or soaking in a warm tub, only that with Reiki you remain fully clothed and the practitioner gently lays their hands on or around various areas of your body to help balance your energy.


What do I need to do prior to taking a Reiki level 1 class at Relax4Life?

There is no preparation that you are asked to make prior to your Reiki level 1 class (such as avoiding certain foods, fasting etc.) You arrive to class as you are, with all of your knowledge, experiences, habits, perceptions and understandings. Through the ability to harness and direct Reiki energy, your life will no doubt change in many beneficial ways and it will be up to you to make those changes where you see fit. Naturally, you can choose to prepare for class in any way that makes sense for you.


What can I use my Reiki training for?

Reiki is an energy-balancing technique that works on all levels of imbalance; physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Whether you want to add Reiki to an existing practice, start a new practice, volunteer for a hospital, hospice, therapeutic day school, church, nursing home etc., use it for friends and family or your own emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical well being, it’s an excellent skill to have.


Why take your Reiki training at Relax4Life?

Our Reiki instructor, Neal Harris, has been teaching Reiki for over 20 years and been practicing Reiki for over 30 years. He has a wealth of knowledge and experiences about energy work and is always striving to hold his student’s needs in the highest regard.

As such, he offers his Reiki students; opportunities to practice Reiki outside of classes such as Reiki Share Nights-click herefor a schedule, participation in an email healing circle, a free online practitioner and teacher referral network-click here, student teaching opportunities, ongoing student support and consulting to help his students start a Reiki practice, teach Reiki, and more.


If I’m currently a Reiki 2 practitioner through Relax4Life and want to become a Reiki master-practitioner, but I’m not ready or interested in teaching, which advanced Reiki training should I take?

The Reiki 3/master-practitioner training. You will learn several advanced Reiki techniques and practices that master Usui taught his students and receive the Master-Practitioner symbol as well as the master-practitioner attunement/initiation. Click here for details.

If I’m a Reiki 2 practitioner who hasn’t trained at Relax4Life, am I eligible to take the Reiki 3/Master-Practitioner training at Relax4Life?

Yes, but you would first need to re-take Reiki 2 at Relax4Life which will help the instructor determine your readiness for an advanced level training. By doing so, you are also eligible to participate in our Reiki practitioner referral page.