Does it ever hurt to receive Reiki?

Q: Does it ever hurt to receive Reiki?

A: Rarely, but remember that Reiki energy is healing. What I mean is: emotionally speaking, if the Reiki energy is helping you release a blocked emotional pain, such as deep anger, resentment, or hurt, you may experience that emotion again, briefly, as it is released. But then you will feel better and it won’t cause the problems that it was causing when it was blocking you.

Physically speaking, some people may experience a brief flash of pain before a release and full relief while the Reiki energy is penetrating and releasing the physical pain. This can be true when there has been a burn, for example, or an injury that caused a sharp sort of pain when it happened.

Usually, though, Reiki is a painless way to relieve emotional and physical pain, and it feels very soothing, warm, and relaxing. Reiki is not harmful in any way, and is only going to result in improvements in health and overall well-being.

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About Reiki Awakening

Alice Langholt is a parent, author and teacher with Master level training in several Reiki modalities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development ( Alice is the author of the new Reiki resource, Practical Reiki TM: for balance, well-being, and vibrant health. A guide to a simple, revolutionary energy healing method, which won second place for Best Reiki Book in the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards. Alice maintains a local Reiki practice as an Associate at Insight Learning and Wellness Center in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In addition, she has authored eBooks in Distance Healing and Energetic Protection, as well as specific curricula in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers (approved by the Ohio Board of Nurses for continuing education units), and more. Alice spent a year volunteering at The Cleveland Clinic offering Reiki to patients and staff, and is a Group Leader with The Distance Healing Network ( She will teach Practical Reiki in Lily Dale, NY (August 2013), and gives workshops at holistic expos around the US. Alice is rated the #1 most influential person on Twitter under the category Reiki by Her husband, Evan, and their four kids know and use Reiki. As a teacher, Alice believes that close guidance and mentoring are essential elements for learning energy healing. She provides this support to each student, getting to know each and assist him or her in growing intuition and becoming confident practitioners. Receive Reiki, order pendulums, energy charged stones, and more by visiting Alice at
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5 Responses to Does it ever hurt to receive Reiki?

  1. Dana Lisa Young says:

    Great question. I try to let my clients (and students) know that anytime we run up against resistance, there is going to be discomfort. Reiki is no different. Until the Reiki is able to facilitate balancing, there is going to be resistance. Think of trying to push open a door that is partially or mostly blocked – it’s not so easy, is it? Reiki is trying to open that door, whether the blockage is mental, emotional, physical or spiritual in nature. Depending on how acute or long-standing the issue has been, that resistance can create uncomfortable sensations.
    Yesterday, while teaching my Reiki I class, my students took their turn practicing on me. While one of the student’s hands was over my brow area, I felt a sharp pain in my left sinus cavity and shortly afterward, the sinus drained. I responded, “Thank you!” It is the same when I receive massage, chiropractic, reflexology or practice yoga. The discomfort of the work helps me tune into what my body needs and the more I allow the process to happen, the bigger the release. A chiropractor I worked with often says that pain is not inherently a bad thing; it’s our body’s way of letting us know something needs to be addressed.

    Great post topic!

  2. Thank you so much, Dana, for this very important addition to the answer! I appreciate your experience, and the metaphor you used is just perfect! Reiki does help, but healing and growth can sometimes be uncomfortable. Love and light, Reiki Sister! ~Alice

  3. Shanti Baku says:

    Hi Alice, can I ask for some advice please? Last week I gave a visitor a 10 minute session on a gouty foot, because it was causing them pain. The pain lifted and they booked a full session. They’ve cancelled now though, saying not only did the pain return, but much worse than before.
    She’s had gout 20 years or so, so not a new problem. I felt some energy shift in that brief time I was working on her foot, and she reported it went ‘dead at the end’, by which she meant the toes relaxed (though it’s an odd way of saying it?)
    Question is, could the Reiki have shifted a blockage, causing more pain than before? I’ve offered the 2nd session again when she’s feeling better, but really don’t want to hurt her any more!
    What do you think?

    • Hi Shanti,

      Thank you for your question. I think she is blocking the healing, and may not be ready in some emotional way, for a recovery. Sometimes one is getting some sort of gain from their condition, and then when presented with the opportunity to heal, it is frightening, because they know somewhere inside that they will not get the attention, or whatever the gain is, if the problem is resolved. I don’t think it’s anything you did wrong – not at all. I think it is something inside the client. While it would actually make sense on some level for you to see her when the pain is “worse” because the healing helps, I think waiting until she feels ready for a full session is the best way to go.

      Hope that helps.
      Peace and love,

  4. Shanti Baku says:

    So sorry for the late reply, am just catching up on my notifications.
    A psychosomatic pain? Yes, that answer does make sense. I don’t know her well enough to gauge what the ‘reward’ from being in pain would be; but I can understand that a worsening of it would allow the continuation of an unpleasant, yet comfortably familiar situation. What odd beings we are!

    So it would be best leave it until she feels better then. Last we spoke the pain was quite bad, but that was a week ago. I shall give her a courtesy call, and see how she is. That is a fine idea ~ thank you!

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