Helping you understand Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe healing method of physical healing, and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Reiki is a subtle, healing, life-force energy. It is an intelligent, soothing energy that is transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner. It has been shown to calm the fight-or-flight response, which is necessary for the body's own healing ability to work.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

What can be treated with Reiki?

Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety, as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital.

Reiki always helps, and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvement in one's physical and psychological condition are most common.

Reiki is both powerful and gentle. In its long history of use it has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury including serious problems like: multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer as well as skin problems, cuts, bruises, broken bones, headache, colds, flu, sore throat, sunburn, fatigue, insomnia, impotence, poor memory, lack of confidence, etc. It is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance and has many benefits for both client and practitioner, including altered states of consciousness and spiritual experiences.  Reiki will improve the results of all medical treatment, acting to reduce negative side effects, shorten healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce stress, and help create optimism.

How Does Reiki Work?

We are alive because life force is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.

The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body.

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

Is Reiki a Religion?

Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.

How is a Reiki treatment given?

In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table, although treatments can be given while the client is seated, or even standing.  Loose, comfortable clothes are recommended.  The whole treatment usually lasts about and hour. The practitioner's hands may be placed on the recipient, or may be held in the air just above the body.

What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

Generally, feelings of deep relaxation and a state of bliss are usually experienced. Many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. The Reiki energy assists one in letting go of tension, anxiety, fear, or other negative feelings, inducing for most a state of peace and well-being. Some drift off to sleep or report floating outside their bodies. Some may have visions and other mystical experiences. By the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.

What about traditional medical issues?

Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. Reiki energy works in harmony with all  forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care, and will improve the results. It is not to be offered or received with the intention of being a replacement for proper medical care.

Who can learn to do Reiki?

Reiki is a very simple technique to learn and is not dependent on one having any prior experience with healing, meditation or any other kind of training. It has been successfully learned by over one million people from all walks of life, both young an old.

How long does it take to learn Reiki?

A beginning Reiki class is taught on a weekend. The class can be one or two days long. I recommend that the minimum time necessary be at least six to seven hours. Along with the attunement, it is necessary that the student be shown how to give treatments and also to practice giving treatments in class.

What is a Reiki attunement?

An attunement is much like tuning into a radio station in that the student's energy system is tuned into receiving the Reiki frequency. Once it is done, the student can draw through them the Reiki energy for use for themselves or others.

Can I treat myself?

Yes, one of the terrific things about Reiki is the ability to be able to treat yourself at any time

Is it true that Reiki can be given effectively to someone, even if they're far away?

Yes, in the second level one learns to send Reiki healing energy to someone, no matter how far away they may be.

How many levels are there to the Reiki training?

In the Usui/Tibetan system of Reiki taught by us, there are four levels. These include what is known as 1st Degree, 2nd Degree, Master Practitioner, and Master Teacher.

How do I find a Reiki teacher that is right for me?

There are numerous Reiki teachers or Masters in our area. Once you find a Reiki teacher or practitioner you are interested in receiving training or a treatment from, it is a good idea to ask them some important questions. Here are a few that will give you additional information to make a choice.

Will you openly support me in being a successful Reiki practitioner or Master?


What about for babies or pregnant women?

Since Reiki is guided by the Higher Power, the Reiki energy will know the condition of the client or student and adjust appropriately. Reiki can only do good. Many pregnant women have received treatments with great benefit to them and their unborn child. It has also been used during child birth. Pregnant women have also taken the Reiki training and received the Reiki attunement with beneficial results. It cannot hurt, and has been used to great effect for babies.

Can I treat animals or plants?

Animals love Reiki too. They seem to have a natural understanding of what Reiki is and its benefits. Once a pet has received a Reiki treatment, they will often let you know that they want more. Plants also respond well to Reiki.

Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?

Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process, so this is a good sign.

Can massage therapists get CEU credit for taking Reiki classes?

Our classes are approved to give CEU credits to licensed massage therapists in Oregon.

Are there any scientific experiments that demonstrate Reiki works?

Yes, see the section on Reiki research.

Do All Healers Use Reiki?

All healers use life force or Ki, but not all use Reiki. Reiki is a special kind of life force that can only be channeled by someone that has been attuned to it. It is possible that some people are born with Reiki or have gotten it some other way. However, most healers who have not received the Reiki attunement from a Reiki Master are not using Reiki but another kind of life force. People who already do healing work consistently report an increase in the strength of their healing energies after taking Reiki training.

How long have you been working with Reiki? What training have you had? How often do you teach? How do you personally use Reiki? What is your lineage?

Laura Magpali began her Reiki training in 1999, discovering for herself how amazing, effective and useful Reiki is. Laura has a keen passion for Reiki and began teaching classes in 2000. Laura and her husband team-teach classes through Lane Community College throughout the year. They use Reiki throughout every day in big and in small ways. Food, health, water, situations, for connecting to Spirit...personal growth, guidance, protection, the ways to use it are endless! I learned Reiki from Barbara West, and from Carrie Lenart. I am a full tme pratitioner and teacher of Reiki.

What do you cover in your classes? How many hours of class time is included? How much time is instructional, and how much is hands on practice?

We  cover the history, what Reiki is, how to use it, & when. We include lots of practicing of various useful techniques, as well as the giving and receiving of a full Reiki session. We offer detailed uses of the symbols, teaching on the chakras, the body organs, and what their emotional counterparts are, which symbols to use when, for what, and how to treat with Reiki.  Our 1st and 2nd degree classes are 12 hours each.

What are the specific things I will be able to do after taking the training?

You will be able to, and will have an understanding of several ways in which you can apply Reiki healing energy to yourself, your personal life, and to others. The ability to channel Reiki energy will be your's forever.

May I take notes and tape record the class


How many symbols will I learn?

A total of 4 if you complete Master Teacher level training.

Is there a Reiki support group in my area or can you help me establish one?

We offer a regular, on-going free workshop through LCC, called "Reiki Circle", for anyone who has Reiki training. These include a time of teaching, group healing, and individual Reiki sessions. Yes, we are more than happy to help our students begin their own opportunities for sharing Reiki.