How long should a Reiki session take?

Q: How long should a Reiki session take?

A: It depends! There is no “set time” for a Reiki session. It depends on many things, such as:

  • How much time you have to receive the Reiki – You might have an hour long session with a practitioner, or you may have a 10 minute session at an expo. You may receive a short blast of Reiki by distance, or you may receive a distance session that relaxes you so much you fall asleep.
  • How much Reiki you need – You might be sick with a flu or down with a severe sprain, and then you’d absorb Reiki for 40 minutes. Or you might be feeling a little stressed, and 10 minutes of Reiki will make a huge difference.
  • The method of Reiki used by the practitioner – Some Reiki methods take longer to give (such as Usui), and others take a shorter time (such as Kundalini Reiki). I can send someone a 5-7 minute distance healing with Kundalini Reiki, and the recipient will feel the energy actively working for at least 35 minutes. That’s just how this method works.

We’re all individuals, and we have our own imbalances, which can vary from day to day, person to person, and even hour to hour. You may feel exhausted at the end of the day, or you may wake up feeling sluggish. You may have an “afternoon slump” or be really energized in the evening. These fluctuations are a normal part of living. Reiki helps bring us into balance, and if received regularly (via regular Reiki sessions from a practitioner and self healing if you’re attuned), these fluctuations will feel less dramatic. That’s because we gain the ability to deflect stress, stay grounded and calm, and feel more healthy and empowered in general when we’re in balance. Reiki helps create that balance. It really makes a difference!

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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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One Response to How long should a Reiki session take?

  1. Dia says:

    Great reply, Alice!
    I remember Takata suggesting that we do ‘complete’ sessions whenever we could., & to ‘treat the whole person’ rather than doing spot healing if possible … which, as you say, could still vary in ‘clock time!’

    Once I offered a weekend class that included 1st & 2nd Degree students, with all in some sessions, then I worked with the 2nd degree Students while the 1st degree folks were practicing elsewhere. When we rejoined, one of the students told of working on a second, who had Liver Parasites, – when she reached her ‘client’s’ liver, she stayed there for quite awhile, & began feeling nauseous. She finally moved on, & felt better immediately! The ‘client’ (who had the parasites) reported that she’d felt great the whole session. I suggested that it might have been easier on the ‘practitioner’ if she’d done a few minutes in each area first, then returned to the liver … & that they might want to experiment with that!

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