Reiki is a natural healing technique that focuses on using ki (a term used in traditional Eastern medicine to refer to vital energy found in all living things) to induce a relaxed, meditative state, stimulate the body’s immune system responses, and promote the body’s natural healing functions. It has been shown to provide relief from symptoms of a variety of medical conditions, such as:


  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Chronic pain


Since its initial development in the early 1900s, reiki has come to be practiced in healthcare settings across the world, including many hospitals and hospice centers. It is not used as a primary form of treatment for medical conditions; instead, it acts as a complementary treatment that can ease symptoms through non-invasive means. For people who do not experience a chronic medical problem, reiki can also help as an element of preventative care.


Reiki sessions last approximately 50 minutes. During a session, you lie on a massage table fully-clothed as a reiki practitioner places their hands on or above specific locations to improve the flow of energy throughout your body. You may feel sensations of heat or pulsing in these locations; additionally, you may become drowsy or even fall asleep during a session due to reiki’s relaxing effects.


Unlike other forms of touch therapy, such as massage, reiki does not involve manipulating or placing pressure on any part of your body, and has no known health risks associated with it. However, it’s important to remember that reiki is not a primary method of treatment for a medical problem, particularly a serious chronic condition; it is a complementary form of therapy that can help other treatments work more effectively.


At Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Integrative Health program, you’ll have access to experienced NYC reiki practitioners who can help you find relief from your symptoms and achieve improvements in your overall well-being. If you have questions about how reiki can help you or would like to schedule an appointment with a NYC reiki practitioner, please call (718) 206-6914.