What is Reiki?

If you want to experience a comforting form of gentle touch, try a reiki session. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that is thousands of years old. Reiki is based on the belief that everything living is made up of energy. This includes human beings, animals and plants. The philosophy is that when someone is physically sick or emotionally or spiritually disconnected, there is an energy imbalance. The reiki therapist learns hand positions to help balance the person’s energy and help them feel better.  Sessions are usually done in silence to gain deep relaxation.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method that can help bring a sense of wellbeing. At The Gathering Place, we encourage the person with cancer, anyone that supports them, or has lost someone to cancer, to try this healing art. You may find yourself so relaxed that you fall asleep which is wonderful.  Many times the sense of wellbeing that you get when receiving reiki can last for several days.  Like all programs and services at The Gathering Place, reiki is provided at no charge.  The service is provided by practitioners who volunteer their time and are all certified at the Master level.

We asked Jill, one of our regular reiki participants, what she likes about it and she enthusiastically said “It is the best experience in my life!” More specifically, she said how helpful it has been for her ongoing neuropathy after chemotherapy. Check out the video below to hear more about reiki.


These books about reiki are available in our library. 

Essential Reiki by Diane Stein

The Power of Reiki by  Tanmaya Honervogt

Reiki by Pamela Miles

Reiki Touch, by William Rand


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