Reiki for Massage Therapists

February 29, 2016 Dawn Fleming

There are many benefits to both the client and the massage practitioner when USUI Reiki is integrated into a massage session. Reiki is a powerful form of healing touch, which assists in the healing process. It was developed in Japan in the late 1800’s and is currently used and taught worldwide. It was named for the founder of Reiki, Mikao USUI. Reiki works on all levels – the physical, emotional and mental. Reiki can be used to accelerate a clients healing process, reduce pain, calm a person, balance the body’s energy, etc. Reiki can be used with a massage session or can be done separately. So a person who practices Reiki does not necessarily have to be a massage practitioner. As a Reiki practitioner and teacher, I have taught Reiki to about 50 massage therapists since 1996. For this article, I interviewed several massage practitioners that use Reiki during their sessions.

When asked how Reiki training enhances the massage sessions, the practitioners all agree that Reiki provides an overall calming effect, particularly on new clients who are not used to such personal contact. It also helps the therapist in detecting where the body needs work and how long to work on a particular spot. Reiki assists the client in being more energetically receptive and open, which allows the practitioner to get more attuned with the clients auric field. All the massage therapists disclosed that when they integrate the Reiki into the sessions their clients notice the difference. Some clients comment about the wonderful warm feeling being extended, while others notice tingling sensations moving through their body, making them feel relaxed. Some clients actually experience physical releases of blocks and issues that they are holding.

Many of the massage practitioners discussed the changes that have occurred within themselves since taking the Reiki training. Several practitioners report that Reiki makes them more aware of what is going on around them prior to touching a client. Other benefits practitioners experience is being more aware of their own center and an increase in intuition. Reiki also provides the practitioner with an endless source of energy to nourish his or her own healing process.

Several massage therapists shared that they use Reiki on muscles that won’t give. They send Reiki to the area to release the block and then follow with massage. Practitioners using Reiki report that they witness the client shift to an emotionally better place after a combined session. It is not unusual for a client’s emotional issues to be raised and released during a session. Practitioners use Reiki with massage to help clear up sinus and allergy conditions, help a client to sleep better, reduce a client’s pain, and assist clients in gaining deeper understanding about themselves. The possibilities of how Reiki and massage can be used together for the benefit of the client are unlimited. Many practitioners use Reiki through the whole massage session. Others use Reiki for specific situations that occur during a session, and some practitioners wait until the end of the session to do Reiki.

USUI Reiki is taught in four levels. In Reiki I, a practitioner learns the history of Reiki, what Reiki is, how to use Reiki on oneself and how to use Reiki on some else. Each participant receives a Reiki attunement and has the opportunity to give and receive a Reiki session. When this class is completed, the participant is ready to give Reiki. Introduce yourself and your massage practice to this powerful source of healing energy. Take a Reiki class and not only receive the benefits of this energy, but also share it with others.

All Reiki classes have been approved by the AMTA to provide CEUs to massage therapists under Category A. Dawn also teaches Meditation, Understanding Alternative Healing Methods, Exploring the Bio-Energetic Field, and Attitudinal Healing at both Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, and Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold. She has studied various methods of complementary healing methods and uses the best of these methods in the work that she does.


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