How many types of reiki are there?

There are two main forms of reiki - direct-contact and distant. In direct-contact reiki, treatment is administered with the patient fully clothed, while the practitioner lightly touches designated areas of the body for approximately two minutes each. There are 13 standard hand positions in direct-contact reiki - three on the head, four on the chest and abdomen, and six on the back. Depending on the level of training, these areas may be subdivided into specific points of concentration. In distant reiki, a patient is not actually touched, but a reiki practitioner sends his or her energy into the patient. Distant reiki can be offered with the practitioner in the patient's presence, or from great distances.


What's a typical reiki session like?

The usual reiki session lasts between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the conditions being treated. Reiki is usually performed with the patient lying on a table, and the practitioner standing behind the patient's head. While performing hand positions, the reiki practitioner may not actually touch a patient, but simply hold his or her hands one to two inches above the patient's body.

Different people may experience different sensations during treatment. Some patients have reported feelings of warmth, peace or tingling. Others have experienced cold feelings, or an intense emotional release. Some patients have even fallen asleep while being treated.


Is reiki a form of traditional Chinese medicine?

Strictly speaking, no. Although reiki was originally practiced throughout Asia, it was "rediscovered" in Japan, and the characters used to create the word "reiki" are derived from two Japanese words. However, reiki is a recognized form of bodywork, and as such, an essential component of Asian healing.


Is there any scientific proof behind effectiveness of Reiki healing?

There is a lot of research done on effectiveness of Reiki healing that proves its effectiveness. These are research done using proper scientific methods and results clearly shows that Reiki healing works. Read our article on Reiki Research and Effectiveness of Reiki Healing >>


Is it safe?

Yes. Reiki is a noninvasive procedure; at most a practitioner will touch a patient lightly during a treatment session. Because of its physical nature, however, a patient needs to find a practitioner with whom he or she can establish good rapport to get the most out of reiki. 

Dr Neelam at Sanskruti Reiki Center is certified Hypnotherapist, Past life regression therapist from California Hypnosis Institute and Life between lives therapist (certified by Andy Tomlinson, USA).