REIKI (pronounced ray-kee), is the Japanese word for Universal Life Force Energy , identified as “Chi” by the Chinese and “prana” by the Indians; however, Reiki is actually a more subtle energy and affects the subtlest level of the biofield, which we call the subtle vibrational body, acting as a “vibrational adaptogen”, which restores harmony and balance.  Reiki is an ancient healing art–a safe, natural healing system that is being used internationally in homes, hospitals and private practice.  You can quickly learn to utilize Reiki for yourself, family, friends, clients and pets.  Reiki can help eliminate emotional, mental, and physical challenges. Research has demonstrated that Reiki is associated with decreased levels of stress hormones, improvement in immune indicators, improved blood pressure, subjective improvements in anxiety and pain, decreased heart rate, improved muscular function, improvement in mood and functioning of depressed patients, and overall enhanced well-being and increased vitality. Thus, Reiki improves circulation, promotes relaxation, speeds healing recovery, strengthens the immune system and decreases pain and discomfort.  Many of those who benefit from Reiki the most are those who are most difficult to treat–those with fibromyalgia, AIDS, and victims of heart attacks.  Dr. Wilson claims that ” receiving Reiki energy brings us directly into contact with a vital, intelligent, creative, healing, and loving energy–a primordial consciousness–and we become more of our potential as harmony and balance is restored. “

During a Reiki session, the receiver may remain fully dressed except for the removal of shoes and should be lying down or sitting. (If the receiver is also receiving the AromaTouch Technique then access is required to the skin on the back and full length of spine as well as the feet.) No effort is required of the receiver, and falling asleep within minutes is quite common. The Reiki practitioner lays hands–slightly cupped and fingers together–on the client using twelve or more hand positions that correspond to the major chakras or energy systems of the body. If the receiver cannot be touched directly, the hands are held 3-5 cm above the specific position with the same effect. As a general guideline, approximately five minutes are spent on each position. The Reiki practitioner channels Reiki, not entities or spirits, and no preparation other than First Degree (Reiki I) attunements are necessary. If the practitioner has advanced to Second Degree (Reiki II), Reiki III/Advanced Reiki Training (ART) or Mastership, there is an added benefit in that additional symbols can be utilized during the Reiki session that enhance and magnify the Reiki energy.  One of the symbols enables the Reiki practitioner to send energy remotely, across time and space, to those who are not physically present for a hands on Reiki session.

The Reiki practitioner acts as a “hollow reed” or a channel, allowing the recipient to pull the Reiki needed through her/him.  The beauty of Reiki is that the practitioner does not prescribe or “give” the client Reiki energy; rather, the client absorbs what is needed, much like a sponge soaking up water but never soaking up more than it can contain. The Reiki energy flows regardless of intellect, personality or individual characteristics. Both the client and the practitioner are flooded with a sense of relaxation and well-being, and worries dissolve. Each client has a unique experience but commonly reported sensations include warmth, tingling, vibrations and pulsations. Some clients report seeing light, colors or images.  The benefits of Reiki are endless, but clients and practitioner always report feeling relaxed, refreshed and at peace after the session. Long-term effects of Reiki include balance between mind, body and spirit; thus, life seems more harmonious.  Meditation and being centered and focused becomes easier. Sensitivity and awareness is heightened.  Dramatic changes often occur in personal lives, in the work place and in relationships—for the better. A full Reiki session is usually an hour in duration, but as Mrs. Takata admonished, ” A little Reiki is better than no Reiki. ” However, for chronic conditions, it is recommended that treatments be given on four consecutive days. If extended treatments are needed, once or twice a week is recommended. It is also suggested that clients enroll in a Reiki class and receive the Reiki attunements in order to self-treat. Reiki is our birthright. Receiving Reiki attunements raises the vibrational frequency of the energy field, which is an additional support to health, well-being, and the healing process. Every attunement and every degree received in Reiki is the beginning of another beautiful, unending journey that can significantly change the way a person experiences life, and miracles become every day occurrences.

Finally, let’s not forget our plants, pets and animals. They love Reiki!


Shane’s Reiki lineages are as follows:


First Degree                            Second Degree                           

Dr. Mikao Usui                        Dr. Mikao Usui

Dr. Chujiro Hayashi                Dr. Chujiro Hayashi

Mrs. Hawayo Takata               Mrs. Hawayo Takata

Beth Gray                                 Barbara Weber Ray

Denise Crundall                      James Glock

Didi Otterson                           L. Monahan & S. Cantanzaro       

Dr. Carol Wilson                     Grace Alvarez Sesma

Donna Wright Mirabile          Dr. Carol Wilson

                                               Donna Wright Mirabile