Reiki - A Holistic System of Healing

Guest Post by Lisa Saylan, Reiki Master Teacher

Reiki changed my life. Many years ago, when I was recovering from a significant cycling accident, I was fortunate to have received Reiki, a form of energetic healing, during my recovery. I immediately noticed significant positive effects on my physical body, emotional well-being and mental outlook. With time, I also noticed a shift in my spiritual nature, and began to feel happier and more connected. Inspired by the amazing benefits I received, I became interested in learning more about Reiki and not only became a practitioner, but a Reiki Master Teacher. The life changing shifts and transformations I witness regularly in both my healing arts practice and teaching have only deepened my respect for and passion about Reiki, which I believe can heal the planet and all of the precious life it contains.


Do a web search and you will find that Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is an alternative and holistic technique that promotes deep relaxation and healing. “Reiki” is a Japanese word that literally translates to “universal life force energy.” Recognized by other cultures as Qi (Chi) and Ti, “Ki” is the energy that flows through all things, organic and inorganic, and helps keep us balanced, energized and healthy. When this vital energy is impaired, the system becomes imbalanced and stressed. The result of continued states of stress and imbalance are physical, emotional, mental or spiritual discomfort and potential illness and disease.

Although Reiki is believed to have originated in Tibet over 2,500 years ago, it was developed and put into public practice by Mikao Usui in the 1920’s. Due to the positive effects Reiki had on those he treated, Reiki quickly became a popular and accepted form of healing throughout Japan. Within a short period of time, it spread to the shores of Hawaii where it was westernized in 1932 by one of the first female Reiki Masters, Madame Takata. Madame Takata worked diligently throughout her life to spread both the practice and teaching of this wonderful modality that among many other benefits quiets the mind, calms the nervous system and restores balance. When the body, mind and soul become peaceful, healing can occur.


Reiki is comprised of a simple system of non-invasive techniques. Recipients are fully clothed and lay comfortably on a massage table in a calm and peaceful environment. However Reiki can also be administered anywhere at any time, including outdoors in nature or in medical settings such as hospitals, long-term-care, and hospice facilities where a client may be lying in a hospital bed or sitting in a wheelchair. There are no limitations to where treatments can be administered, though sessions include the Reiki Practitioner either gently laying their hands either on or above the client’s body. Universal Life Force Energy, or Reiki, then naturally flows from the practitioner’s hands to the recipient and the personal space surrounding them. Clients often report feeling the pleasant sensation of heat being transferred from practitioner’s hands as well as state of deep relaxation. It is during this deeply relaxed state, when the body and mind are at peace that balance, restoration and healing can occur. Reiki can also be sent via “long-distance”, to someone in a remote are; the Reiki energy is sent through time and space and is delivered to the person, place or thing needing healing. Though each session is unique and experiences vary from person to person, clients report feeling less-stressed, more positive and physically renewed after a session. Sessions can last anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. To experience Reiki, one can book a private session, attend a Reiki Share or take a Reiki Class.


A research study conducted at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut indicates that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86% and reduced pain by 78%, nausea by 80% and anxiety during pregnancy by 94%. The Nursing staff indicated that Reiki treatments also helped speed the healing process for their patients, enhanced patient appetite and improved their mental attitude. In other studies, Reiki has been shown to lessen the negative side-effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other invasive medical procedures. In my own practice I have seen Reiki lower blood pressure, ease headaches, reduce insomnia, anxiety and pain as well as promote mobility and accelerate the healing of physical, mental and emotional traumas. The benefits of Reiki are endless for both the recipient as well as the practitioner: Nurses and Reiki Practitioners have stated that personal use of Reiki helps them deal with work-related stress, eases burnout syndrome and speeds their own personal healing process when impairments occur.


As the owner of Soul to Soul in Scottsdale, I have been practicing Reiki since 2006 and teaching it since 2009. I am honored to have instructed over one thousand students at Soul to Soul, the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) in Tempe, the Aveda Institute of Phoenix as well as to Monks in Dakshineswar, India. Anyone can learn Reiki. Whether it is for one’s own personal use (self-healing) or to share the healing with others, I personally believe we would live in a more loving world if everyone learned and practiced Reiki. Those interested can take the small intimate classes I have developed for adults, children and for those in the medical field. I also teach supplemental workshops such as Angels and Celestial Guides, Animal Totems, Crystal Healing, Chakra Balancing and Sacred Geometry.

To inquire about or to register for a class, please visit my website: For those interested in receiving Continuing Education Credit, I am approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as well as the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) as a certified continuing education provider. For more information, contact lisa(at)

Blessings and Light to all.



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