What is Reiki?


Reiki (霊気, pronounced “RAY-key”), meaning “spiritual energy,” is a Japanese holistic, energetic art.  A meditative practice, Reiki promotes relaxation and can aid in pain reduction and in achieving a more balanced state of well-being of the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  It is a complementary modality that partners well with all religious beliefs or spiritual practice, as well as any health or medical regimen. Reiki is energy.  It is in every living thing—people, animals, birds, fish, insects, plants, trees—and even things some perceive as non-living, such as rocks and minerals, as they too are composed of energetic matter.  Having this innate energy within us provides the opportunity to self-heal.


Mikao Usui

Mikao Usui

The System of Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. Usui-san sat atop Kuramayama (Mt. Kurama), in Kurama, Japan, near Kyoto, where he fasted and began his Reiki journey. Lori traveled to this location in 2017.

The Reiki hands-on/off technique, or Tenohira, is a gentle, noninvasive method to facilitate relaxation and self-healing using no pressure or needles; because of this, it is an ideal option for those who seek a drugless complement to their pain management and/or palliative care regimen.  Reiki is also a peaceful aid for those in transition, or in hospice care, as well as for their families.  For animals, particularly rescue animals, Reiki is a wonderful aid in restoring balance behaviorally, as well as physically; it is an ideal complement in optimizing animal rescue rehoming efforts.

Reiki Tenohira is one of five elements encompassing the meditation-centric System of Reiki, including: Personal development, by working with The Reiki Precepts; Meditations and Techniques; Jumon (Mantras) and Shirushi (Symbols or Emblems); and Reiju and Attunements. Reiki energy is neither produced, nor manipulated by the practitioner.  The practitioner acts strictly as an aide, or conduit; it is the energy of Reiki itself that is the aid that facilitates a return in balance of the body, mind, and spirit, as well as promotes self-healing.

©2017 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved. Kuramadera, atop Kuramayama in Kurama, near Kyoto, Japan, where Usui-san began his Reiki journey. This was a former Tendai Buddhist Temple.

Clients are fully clothed during a treatment session. The practitioner utilizes hands-on, or hands-off placement on, or just above the client’s body; the client can be lying on the practitioner’s table, or seated in a chair, as well as at a distance for treatment, at which point the energy of Reiki goes where it is most needed and at the level most beneficial and desired by the client at that time.  Distance Reiki for people can be offered to clients throughout the world.  For animals, Reiki is offered generally at a short distance to establish trust, after which Distance or hands-on/or just-off Reiki (or a combination) is then offered.  The animal always has the choice to accept (or reject) Reiki; their wishes are always honored.

reiki_is_inclusiveIt is the mission of The Reiki Space™ to facilitate a path to well-being, as well as serve as an advocate for awareness of the importance of stress reduction in all health situations.  It is common knowledge that unmanaged chronic stress can induce imbalance, health complications, and even life-threatening dis-ease; at minimum, its existence hinders optimal health.

Inner peace, clarity and well-being of the body, mind and spirit are as vital as breath, and as easy to receive, learn and maintain through Reiki. The Reiki Space is your partner in wellness.

Contact The Reiki Space™ today for more information, or to set up an appointment.

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(For further reading, we suggest, “Contact,” “About,” “Reiki Lineage,” “What to Expect,” “How Can Reiki Help?” and “Training Studio.” )


The Reiki Space™ and the Usui Reiki Ryoho System promote relaxation, which may facilitate better health and self-healing; however, no guarantees are given, nor implied.  Lori McClellan, The Reiki Space™ practice, practitioners, teachers, teachings, treatments, or any of its digital or print media are not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, veterinarian, or other qualified healthcare provider(s) when experiencing symptoms or health problems, or before starting any new treatment.

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