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How Reiki is different than other Healing Modalities.




By Sonia Keffer with some A.I. generated content

As I shared in another post, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Here I will share some of the unique characteristics the sets Reiki healing apart from other modalities that you may have heard of or experienced.

  1. Energy-Based Healing: Reiki involves the transfer of universal life energy through the practitioner's hands to the recipient. This energy promotes healing by balancing the body's energy systems. (See other post; “What is Reiki” for a history of Reiki) In contrast, many other modalities might focus on physical manipulation (like massage) or psychological approaches (like talk therapy).

  2. Non-Invasive Technique: Reiki is typically practiced in a hands-off manner, where the practitioner holds their hands slightly above the recipient's body. While other times the practitioner may ask if they can lightly touch the client by laying the hands over the area being treated. Other modalities, such as acupuncture or chiropractic, involve more direct physical intervention.

  3. Holistic Approach: Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind, and spirit. It is often used to promote overall wellness but can be sought out to help with a specific physical or emotional concern. Whereas you may go to a physician, psychologist, or physical therapist for treatment targeting specific symptoms or ailments.

  4. Spiritual Foundation: Reiki has a spiritual component, involving the belief in a universal life force energy that can be harnessed for healing. This aspect is often less emphasized in other modalities that may rely more on scientific or mechanical principles.

  5. Self-Practice and Empowerment: Anyone can learn Reiki. Many practitioners learn Reiki in the beginning for self-healing and personal growth, which is encouraged alongside providing treatment to others. Reiki can be offered to any living creature and even to non-living items. My cats love receiving Reiki 😊.



6. Attunement Process: Learning Reiki involves a process called attunement, where a Reiki master transfers the ability to channel Reiki energy to the student.

7. Universality and Accessibility: Reiki does not require any specific tools, substances, or extensive training periods. It is considered accessible to anyone interested in learning and practicing it, which can differ from modalities that require years of study and certification, such as naturopathy or traditional Chinese medicine.


Overall, Reiki's emphasis on energy healing, its non-invasive nature, holistic and spiritual approach, and the unique attunement process set it apart from other healing practices. A Reiki session will fill you with life energy, helping you to feel strong and healthy. It also increases confidence, and many have found that it quickens the healing process.

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