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The Science of Reiki

Author: Dr. Sarah Cavrak

Date: Oct 5, 2023



Yes, it’s true. There really IS science behind the Reiki practice. And that’s great news because as a trained Reiki Master is it really genuinely challenging to try to put words to “energy healing” and leave the listener with more answers than questions and raised eyebrows.


Let’s begin with the obvious benefits. The research shows that a even a single Reiki session…

  • Eases symptoms of various emotional challenges, e.g., depression, anxiety,

  • Supports the treatment of chronic conditions, e.g., pain,

  • Concurrently, alleviates stress and boosts relaxation

[Note: There is also some anecdotal evidence that consistent Reiki, in the long term, has the potential to treat some major medical diagnoses (e.g., cancers); however, the research has not yet shown empirical evidence of this. That does not mean it’s not happening, but there’s no valid or reliable data (yet) that has provided evidence for this causal relationship.]


The biggest question on most people’s minds isn’t, “what can reiki do for me?” Anyone who’s had a session knows how good they feel when they leave their practitioner’s table. The question everyone wants to know is, “How does it work?”



First, research has shown that Reiki accomplishes much of its healing through the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (one of the two parts of your autonomic nervous system).

  • The parasympathetic is responsible for carrying out automatic bodily processes (e.g., heartbeat, breathing, digestion, elimination, sexual function).

  • When Reiki is applied, various bodily processes are effected (like, your heart rate, and breathing rhythm) and scientists can measure the rate of change in your heartbeat and respiration to assess the physiological impact of Reiki energy healing.


But this still begs the question, “but how does the movement of hands over the body ‘activate’ the parasympathetic nervous system?”


And the answer is… through the biofield. Now before you @ me, let me say that yes the biofield is very real. Scientists have long known that the heart produces an electromagnetic field that is measurable. And it turns out that the entire body has an electromagnetic field, which has been names the “biofield.”


So the Reiki practitioner moves their hands on and above a client’s body to connect with their biofield, and that connection in turn produces a reaction or response in the parasympethic nervous system which then leads to physiological changes in the body.


It’s a stepwise healing process that is very very real.


If you're curious about what Reiki can do for you, then head HERE to learn about what my own client's have reported after receiving a healing session. When you're ready, go HERE to book a package of sessions or schedule a discovery call to get some answers to your own personal questions.


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