Reiki: The Peaceful Way to Health and Relaxation

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle and relaxing Japanese hands on healing art for reducing stress and activating the healing process within. It is an excellent treatment for reducing stress and managing chronic pain, optimizing wellness, and connecting with your inherent wholeness.

The word Reiki means spirit-guided energy. The awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the the quality of a person’s health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. This life energy goes by many names: qi in China, ki in Japan, prana in India. The ancient Hawaiians called it ti or ki. It has also been called orgone energy and √©lan vital, and science refers to it as bio-field energy.

When your life energy is low, it is more difficult to deal with stress. You may not sleep well, and you are more susceptible to illness. When your life energy is strong, you feel strength and confidence, can more easily deal with stress and are less likely to fall ill. Reiki is a technique that increases a person’s supply of life energy.

What is a Session Like?

Reiki is administered through the hands of a Reiki practitioner with the client lying fully clothed on a massage table. A session usually lasts between 45 minutes to an hour and a half. The Reiki practitioner places his or her hands at locations around the head and shoulders, the abdomen and on the legs and feet. Tissue is not manipulated. The practitioners hands are simply held at each location, lightly touching or slightly away from the body. Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands and into the client’s body and energy field. A Reiki sessions feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that surrounds and fills the client and includes feelings of relaxation, peace and well-being that also promote healing.


Reiki energy allows muscles to relax and increases the blood flow to treated areas, which in turn quickens the healing process. Practitioners and clients report help with stress, headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, sprains and other minor conditions. Occasionally miraculous headings are reported. Reiki also promotes psychological healing, including the release of anger, fear, worry, sadness and other unhealthy feelings, and replaces them with self-worth, confidence and tranquility.

Use in Hospitals

Reiki is becoming increasingly popular with the medical community, with over 800 hospitals across the U.S. offering Reiki as standard part of hospital care. A research study at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut indicates that Reiki improves patient sleep by 86 percent, reduced pain by 78 percent, reduced nausea by 80 percent, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94 percent. In addition nurses report that Reiki helps patients heal faster with less pain, reduces stress and improves mental attitude, improves appetite and reduces the negative side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other procedures.


Reiki was developed in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui and was brought to the West in 1937 by Hawayo Takata. The popularity of Reiki has grown exceptionally in the past few decades. A survey conducted in 2007 indicates that in the previous year, 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children in the U.S. received one or more Reiki sessions.

Reiki Services

You can nourish yourself by receiving healing sessions or learn Reiki yourself for self-healing or healing others.

Healing Sessions

Please inquire about healing sessions with Bernie Schreck.


Bernie Schreck also offers classes for those wishing to give Reiki sessions. Reiki is simple and easy to learn; anyone can learn it, and there are no prerequisites. Once you’ve learned, you can give Reiki to yourself and others.


A poem about the Reiki ideals:

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine for all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work
Be kind to people
Every morning and evening join your hands in prayer
Pray these words with your heart and chant these words with your mouth
This is the Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind

by Usui Mikao – the founder of Reiki