What is Reiki?

handsPrayerHomeReiki is a Japanese energy healing system, and the word “reiki” is synonymous with “Universal energy.” Everything that exists has Reiki, from a tiny earthworm to the stars in the heavens.

If everything already has Reiki, why would you need to “get” Reiki from someone else? While it is true that everything possesses Reiki to some degree, over the course of life, we allow our energy systems to become clogged with energetic debris. Think of your body like a drain pipe (okay, perhaps that’s not terribly flattering, but hear me out). If the pipe is clean, water can flow through without obstruction, but if the pipe becomes clogged with hair and other gunk, water has a much harder time getting through.

In the same way, Reiki is available to everyone, but depending on the clarity of your pipe you may have more or less access to this flow at any given time. A Reiki practitioner is someone who has received what is known as a Reiki attunement, an energy transmission from a Reiki Master, which you might view as a Divine drain de-clogging. This allows the practitioner to be a clear channel for the Universal energy with the ability to then funnel this energy into another person, animal, etc.

That said, the practitioner, like everyone else, must maintain the clarity of their pipe, which is why many teachers stress that the more you use Reiki, the stronger it gets. This is because every time you use Reiki you are giving your pipes a good flush. Thus, a practiced Reiki healer is someone who uses Reiki on a regular basis, and as the recipient, you are able to benefit without having to get an attunement and maintain a regular Reiki practice.

How can Reiki help me?

Have you ever enjoyed a conversation with someone in which you were both on the same wavelength? You seemed to understand each other fully, you both got each other’s jokes, and the conversation just flowed. Well, in a similar fashion, each of us experiences times of greater or lesser resonance with Universal energy, or Reiki. When we are in tune with this energy, it’s just like that enjoyable conversation–things seem to flow with greater ease and we feel more in harmony with life.

When we fall out of attunement with Universal energy–which can happen as a result of many things, such as stress, fear, poor health, etc.–everything starts to feel “off.” It might begin with our emotions, manifesting as anxiety, depression, or any number of discordant mental states, and it can also ripple into our physical body and eventually lead to health problems. Again, Reiki is life force, so when we aren’t fully connected to it we are not able to feel our best.

When you receive a Reiki healing, your energy field is getting an energetic boost, and there are certain characteristics of Reiki as a healing system that are particularly helpful:

  • Reiki automatically flows in accordance with what you need, where you need it most. Unlike a personal energy healing, in which the healer is directing the energy, Reiki flows according to a Divine intelligence that knows precisely what you need.
  • Reiki does not carry with it any energetic ick from the practitioner. Even the most dedicated practitioner cannot help but pick up some discordant energy in day-to-day life, but the Reiki system has a built-in safeguard preventing anything but pure Reiki from being transmitted.

How does a Reiki session work?

When you schedule a Reiki session, at the appointed time I create a sacred space in which to do the work, just as I do when performing a tarot reading. I use a special handmade doll that was created with a lot of love (and Reiki) to represent you during the healing session. After clearing my own energy field and preparing the space and the doll through the use of special Reiki symbols, I place my hands on the doll and allow the Reiki to flow through me to you.

Reiki can be sent to a person and to an event, and this event can be in the past (such as a painful or traumatic memory), present, or future. As a matter of ethics, I will only give Reiki to someone with their permission, so if you are booking a session for someone else, make sure you have received their explicit permission, i.e. please ask them! Don’t just assume they’re okay with it.

You do not need to do anything in order to receive the Reiki, such as laying down or meditating. In fact, you can ask to receive Reiki while you’re in a stressful work meeting, and it will still have the full effect.


What else do I need to know before booking a session?

It’s important to know that Reiki can temporarily stir up physical conditions or emotions. If you’ve ever cried or laughed uncontrollably during a massage, you’re already familiar with this experience. My teacher uses this analogy: Imagine yourself as a glass of water with mud on the bottom of the glass. Reiki is like pouring a stream of clean water into the glass. Initially, the mud at the bottom will be disturbed, clouding the water, but as the Reiki continues to flow, all of the muddy water will overflow and release from the glass, leaving behind only pure, clear water.

Similarly, you may experience heightened emotions, or even a temporary increase in your physical symptoms, after a session. Please take care of yourself, drink plenty of water, and give yourself time to rest if needed. On the flip side, if you don’t notice any of these changes, this doesn’t mean the Reiki isn’t “working.” We all respond to energy differently, and Reiki will affect you in precisely the way you need it to.

How do I book a Reiki session?

I offer 30-minute distance Reiki sessions, and you can book your session using the form below. Within 24 hours of receiving your booking, I will email you with more details. At this point, you can let me know if there’s a specific condition or event you wish me to direct the Reiki to. If you have further questions that aren’t addressed here, please contact me and I’ll be happy to help!

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When booking a Reiki session with me, you are agreeing to the following terms:

Sessions are available by appointment only at a time that is mutually agreed on by the Practitioner, Melissa Tipton, and you, the Client.

Reiki can complement allopathic and holistic treatments, and it is not meant as a replacement for any medical treatments. Please speak with your health care provider before making changes to any treatment plans. The Practitioner will not be liable for any changes you make to your treatment plans.

During or following a Reiki session, it is possible that you will experience a heightened emotional and physical state for a time. Emotional reactions, such as crying, laughing, feeling sleepy, and other responses are common. This is often a sign that you are processing and releasing energy. Listen to your body and take care of yourself. Seek proper medical attention for any conditions as necessary.

Listen to your body. If you feel like you need to drink more water or rest following your session, heed your body’s advice.

Refunds will only be issued for cancellation requests received before the session has taken place. After the session has been conducted, you cannot receive a refund.

By booking a Reiki session through this website, you agree that Melissa Tipton is not liable for any effects of your mental or physical condition, before, during, or after the Reiki session.