Can a practitioner give Reiki without using his hands?

Q: Can a practitioner give Reiki without using his hands?

A: YES! Reiki works by intention. The hands are not blasting energy out like Shazaam. The hands allow the practitioner to observe the energy as it flows, so the practitioner can sense where a person may have an energy blockage, pain, or other issues. The energy is being received by the recipient, due to the intention of the practitioner, and the openness of the recipient to receive the energy.

Here’s a video of me (Alice) sending Reiki to all of you, using only my intention, during a song I really like. Can you feel the energy?

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What Can You Use Reiki For?

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How can Reiki help me stay healthy this winter?

Q: How can Reiki help me stay healthy this winter?


A: Here are some ways Reiki can help!

  • Schedule a Reiki session with a practitioner. Don’t wait until you’re sick! The energy will bring you into balance, and that will affect your immune system’s ability to keep you well. A Reiki session takes about an hour. You will relax, fully clothed, on a massage table. Often, soft music and dim lights help enhance the relaxing atmosphere. The practitioner may place her hands gently on or over various parts of your body. The energy will flow, feeling soothing, and you’ll leave feeling as good as a full night’s sleep, or as you might feel after a massage. Try weekly or every other week for best maintenance.
  • Learn Reiki for yourself! There are classes available in person, as well as online. There are plenty of books available with more information. For a simple, “unplugged” explanation, try my book, Practical Reiki: for balance, well-being, and vibrant health. (Also available on The ability to do Reiki for oneself and others is transferred energetically via an attunement from a Reiki Master.

What can I do in the mean time?

Become aware of your own energetic health, and take steps to bring it into balance by trying these:

  • Take several times daily to take three slow, deep breaths and clear your mind. This brings you into the present moment, and eases any negative emotions you are carrying around. The oxygen is good for your brain, breathing fully releases stress, and it helps circulate more oxygen into your bloodstream.
  • Tune in and ask yourself how you are feeling at key times during the day. Being aware is the first step toward changing what you don’t like. Choose an activity to release stress and nurture yourself to bring yourself back into balance.
  • Make quiet time for yourself. Do something for yourself every day. Take a walk outside. Take a soothing bath. Meditate. Exercise. Get enough rest. Drink plenty of water. Eat a healthy, nutritional balance of foods. Treating yourself with loving care will improve your mood, and your health.
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Can Reiki help improve my marriage/ relationship?

Note: This post is part of the Happy Wives Club Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with hundreds of inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!  

Q: Can Reiki help improve my marriage/ relationship?

mgD8aFYA: Yes. Reiki can help with relationships of all kinds. There are many ways to approach this idea.

Before going into this, it might help some of you to know…

What is Reiki?

The word Reiki is from the Japanese language, meaning “Guided Life Force Energy.” Life force energy makes up our thoughts, consciousness, and emotions. It exists in every living thing – plant, animal, and human. In Japanese, Ki is the word for this energy, as you may have heard of Chi or Prana in other languages. Our own Ki can become imbalanced due to stress, pain, illness, or negative emotions such as anger, frustration, anxiety, sorrow, hopelessness, or others. These conditions deplete or cause blockages in our natural state of flowing Ki. When our Ki is in balance, our immune system functions better (as it can receive all that it needs to function optimally). When our ki is blocked or depleted, it can adversely affect our body’s resources for keeping us healthy. We are integrated beings; our emotions and bodies are intimately connected and affect each other. So, it stands to reason that keeping our energy in balance can have positive effects on the state of our body’s health.

Ki isn’t just inside all living things, but it’s also between us, connecting us all. The Ki that exists around us is of a higher “frequency,” much like the water in the air is in a lighter state than that in our bodies, although it’s all made of the same basic H2O. While our own personal ki can be off balance, that which is between us isn’t polluted or weighed down by our personal issues. So, just as pure water can cleanse our system, receiving some of this “pure” ki can replenish and clear blockages in our energy. We can receive this replenishing energy by receiving Reiki.

Rei means “guided”. When we receive Reiki, the pure ki from outside our systems is being guided to us, for us to receive where we are off-balance, to help us heal ourselves back into balance. Imagine a driveway with potholes. A person could throw a bucket of water onto that driveway, and the water would naturally gather into each hole, filling one, flowing out, and filling the next, until it had filled all of the holes. The person doesn’t have to go and individually pour water into each hole one at a time. Similarly, the energy received during a Reiki session flows to naturally correct each imbalance, and replenish each place in which our energy is exhausted. As a result, stress is released, pain is relieved, and positivity restored.

How is the energy guided?

Reiki is guided by intention. Intention means “directive thought.” In other words, telling it what to do! A person can give himself Reiki, or give Reiki to another person. Reiki can also be used to cleanse the energy in a room, to energize food or drink, to soothe pets, help plants grow, or open opportunities for new directions in one’s life. Intention is the process of telling the energy what to focus on. For example, for self-healing, a Reiki practitioner first intends “Reiki on” and then intends “self healing.” He then may place his hands on his body where he wants the energy to focus, or anywhere that is comfortable. The energy flows where it’s needed. Reiki feels soothing, relaxing, and brings a sense of well-being. Once I started giving myself Reiki each night, while falling asleep, I stopped getting sick in the winter altogether. It’s been six years, and I haven’t even had a cold since then. Having made no other changes in my lifestyle, I credit Reiki.

Now, here are some of the ways you can use Reiki to help improve your marriage or relationships:

  • The Karmic Bands between people – in all relationships, there are energetic ties that bind  you together. Some are healthy, some are not. You can intend that Reiki flow to heal the Karmic Band between you and your partner. This can be very helpful for you both. It is a relationship healing, so you are not directly giving Reiki to the other person, nor does that person need to be with you when you activate this healing.
  • The issues in your relationship – are you having trouble communicating? Do you lose your patience easily, or do many things irritate you? Do you hold back from saying what’s on  your mind? Do you feel unworthy or resentful? Identify an issue, and send Reiki to increase the opposite, i.e. the desired outcome rather than what’s happening. If you’re impatient, give yourself healing with the intention of increasing your patience and healing the reasons you feel impatient. If you are having communication issues, give yourself Reiki for your throat chakra to help clear and strengthen your communication. Every time you give yourself Reiki, you are improving your own energy. That has an effect on you and everything in your life as a result. Focus on yourself first.
  • If your partner is willing, give him or her a Reiki healing. The time spent sharing this warm, loving energy will be a nice bonding time for you both. Reiki is one way of expressing love and caring for another person. What relationship wouldn’t benefit from this?
  • Reiki can help when a person is willing to receive that help. That applies to you and your partner too. So choose wisely. If your partner is unwilling to receive Reiki from you, don’t give it to him or her. Work on yourself.
  • Finally, Reiki will work for the highest and best good of the recipient, as dictated by the recipient’s higher self. So whatever the highest and best is for your marriage or relationship will start to flow into being. Whether this means you stay together or move on is not always clear. But Reiki is about healing and can only help.

One note: if you are in an abusive relationship, get out. Your safety is more important than anything. Reiki can be used to help you heal and reestablish your sense of worth. No one should stay in an abusive relationship. There is help available to you.

Reiki can be learned easily and effectively, even online. Check out Practical Reiki and many other classes at




Fawn Weaver, the founder of the Happy Wives Club wrote a book about the best marriage secrets the world has to offer. They say the book is like “Eat, Pray, Love meets The 5 Love Languages.”  You can grab a copy HERE.

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I want to try Reiki, but I’m afraid it won’t work. What should I do?

Q: I want to try Reiki, but I’m afraid it won’t work. What should I do? 

A: Try it. There are many ways that Reiki can help you, and it won’t ever cause harm. You have nothing to lose by trying (save the fee for a Reiki session maybe), but the benefits you experience could be so amazing that you’ll wonder why you waited as long as you did.

While it is not possible to predict in what ways the Reiki will absolutely help you (because that’s really up to you, not the practitioner), you WILL be helped. Maybe you’ll have better sleep that night. Maybe you’ll feel lighter and more positive. Maybe you’ll receive relief from your anxiety, or pain, or frustration, or your body will begin a healing process. 

There are many things in life a person might miss out on for fear of trying. Ask yourself what is the real root of the fear, and if it’s worth putting aside for the sake of trying something that has the potential of helping. Many people have to step a bit outside their comfort zone, or their realm of experience, to be willing to try Reiki. But for many who do take that step, the results are life-changing and powerful. At the very least, you should experience Reiki. 

If it’s about the financial outlay, there are places and practitioners that will give you a discounted or free Reiki session. Many people have friends, neighbors, or family members who practice Reiki and would be willing to give a session without cost.

If your fear is about something else, decide if it’s better to not know how much Reiki could help, than to actually give it a try. You’re choosing between ignorance (not knowing) and experience (a way of directly learning). Reiki cannot cause harm in any way.

You could choose to learn more about Reiki, and its benefits, by reading a book first. This might help reassure you, inform you, and help you decide it’s okay to try it. I wrote a very clearly explained book about Reiki that really is meant to be an “under the hood” view of Reiki. That is, I keep the explanations simple, and describe Reiki without rituals, without symbols, just how the energy can be directed, and how it can help. My book is called Practical Reiki: for Balance, Well Being, and Vibrant Health. If any reader would like a $5 discount code to use for purchase, I’d invite you to just click here.

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Do I need Reiki Insurance?

Q: I was told that I need Reiki Liability Insurance. But, Reiki is beautiful, healing, and all good, right? So why would I need Reiki Insurance?

A: Yes, Reiki is good, helpful, healing, and all of those wonderful and beneficial qualities.

But, you still need to protect yourself if you are offering your services to others. Reiki is doing something. And if you are giving Reiki to another person, it’s possible that there will be legal issues happening behind the scenes.

For instance:

  • Are you using a table? A chair? If the client falls off the table, or gets up from the chair, feels dizzy and falls down, you are legally liable for any injuries. Reiki can bring someone to a dizzy or ungrounded state. Do you want to pay for their x-ray if they sustain an injury or need to get something looked at?
  • Do you have consent in writing to give the session? If the person shares anything in confidence, you have legal responsibilities. You need some protection for your rights if you have been trusted with any information about the state of someone’s health.
  • There are lots of people in this world. We get new clients often. You might not know the person who is new to you. If this person feels unsatisfied in any way, he or she might try to take legal action against you. Whether or not it is justified, you need insurance. Once I had someone try to blame me because she got sick after a Reiki attunement. Although I knew, and told her clearly beforehand, that clearing symptoms could occur, she was making threats against my practice. She didn’t go forward with them, but I was glad that I had insurance to back me up.
  • If you work in a spa, health center, wellness center, doctor’s office, or any business location, you will need to be covered by your own insurance.

How much does Reiki Liability Insurance cost and where can I find it?

There are many places online that you can find a company to cover you. Usually a massage insurance company will also offer policies to those in other touch therapies or energy healing practices. Coverage can range from $85-145 a year generally.

I run an online school of intuitive development, Reiki Awakening Academy. Because I have a school, I’ve got a partnership with a really good insurance company. My teachers, myself, and many of my students get insurance through them, and we get a discount. Insurance is just $77/ year. If you’d like to have this deal, just take one class with RAA and you can get on the plan at that rate. In addition, we like the benefits to practitioners that they offer, including a free listing and free website.  Classes with RAA are generally $45 per class and can be taken live or viewed on demand. We also have a free monthly class – a Reiki Circle –  and if you register, you can still be eligible for the student rate through our school.

So get informed, get covered, and have an ethical and safe practice!

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January 10, 2013 – NEW INFORMATION

Since the time in which I originally wrote this blog post, I have been introduced to a very important book. It’s not well known in the United States, maybe because it was published in London. In any case, the book is called Healing Research, Holistic Energy Medicine and Spirituality, by Dr. Daniel J. Benor.

It is, I think, a very well put together series of research studies on many aspects of energy research. It needs to be more known! I have personally given a copy of this book to the Director of the Transdisciplinary Holistic Studies Program at The Cleveland Clinic, of which I am a participant. He said he would take it to the Research Department and introduce it to them. Included in this book are controlled studies of the effects of energy healing on bacteria, cells, enzymes, fungi, animals, electrodermal activity, and many other topics. I’m very impressed with it!

I did not know that there was so much research actually documented, and I’m very relieved that now I do know about this book. I encourage all who might be in need of some real science to get a copy of this book.


Reiki Questions and Answers

Q: Is there scientific evidence that Reiki works?

A: That’s an interesting question. There is both scientific and experiential evidence that Reiki works. Just ask someone who gives Reiki, or the clients who receive it. All will report many stories of significant improvements. I’m included in that – I have plenty of anecdotal evidence from my own experience both as a giver and a receiver of Reiki for me to know conclusively that Reiki works.

As far as scientific evidence, though…it’s time for more people to know that there IS!

Reiki’s effects can be experienced and noted in different ways.

For example, it’s understood scientifically that intention, Reiki and other thought-energy imprints itself on the state of water. Naturopaths know this. They often work with little vials of water that have been imprinted with the energy of different substances to muscle test for allergies and adverse reactions.

Also, a Random Event…

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