Chronic illness: How to get the best results from Reiki treatment


Jikiden Reiki at Ladysmith  Physiotherapy

I’m amazed what even just three or four Reiki treatments can sometimes achieve. A month ago I saw a client three times in quick succession, who had been frequently ill for over two years and despite regular check-ups with her doctor and repeat medication, unable to get to the root cause of her problem. Tired of being ill almost constantly, she was willing to commit to the three sessions in quick succession that I had recommended.

We were going to reassess the situation after the initial boost, but it turned out that this was all the help she needed. Usually, chronic scenarios require a little more patience and commitment. However, this lady left feeling better after just three sessions. I am convinced that she would not have had the same results with the same number of treatments if given at weekly or fortnightly intervals. In my experience, to maximise chances of improving long-standing conditions, consecutive treatments are key.

In Jikiden Reiki seminars, when talking about the history of Reiki, we teach that Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her sister Katsue went out into the community for treatment on consecutive days, and working in this way fits well with the concept of byosen, a way of observing the body’s response to Reiki treatment that is a corner stone of Jikiden Reiki practice.  While byosen is strong, get back to the problem area as soon as possible (not a week later, as is the common expectation). It seems (from a discussion I followed on LinkedIn), that one of Mrs Takata’s students, Virginia Samdahl, also encouraged working in consecutive sessions. While substantial commitment is required from both practitioner and client, experience shows that using Reiki in this way is more likely to get the desired results.

On the related subject of chronic pain, internationally respected author and champion of integrative healthcare, Pamela Miles, recently refused to be impressed with a 40% improvement  after Reiki treatment, suspecting that even better results might have been achievable with a few more sessions. In my opinion, based on treatment experience and my understanding of Jikiden Reiki,  people who commit to an initial program of consecutive sessions or sessions scheduled in quick succession, can sometimes improve considerably. Learning Reiki themselves at this point, they can then self-treat for maintenance. If only there were a way of funding blocks of let’s say four to six sessions in quick succession, perhaps to be repeated once or twice (as required), so that more people suffering from chronic conditions could experience this type of shift.

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5 thoughts on “Chronic illness: How to get the best results from Reiki treatment

  1. Samdahl learned consecutive treatments from her Reiki master, Hawayo Takata. Reiki Alliance masters continue this tradition.

    As I understand it, the idea is to support the balancing response of the receiver while it is still in process, rather than waiting for it to run its course. This is one of the many benefits of daily self-practice.

    When people are unable to receive daily treatments, offering treatment close together in the beginning and then tapering as improvement stabilizes is generally an effective approach.

  2. Thank you for your comment Pamela. I was delighted to hear about the similarity with Virginia Samdahl’s teaching on said LinkedIn discussion and I’m equally delighted to find that this is perhaps a similarity in practice and approach shared with Alliance teachers, generally.

    I am not too familiar with the Reiki Alliance approach to Reiki, although my first encounter with Reiki was only a few steps from Mrs Takata, too. My Reiki Master learned from a teacher trained early on by Barbara Ray (before she added to Mrs Takata’s teachings).

    Dr.Chujiro Hayashi sometimes used the analogy of a muddy river when describing the healing process. Giving Reiki treatment can be the stone that loosens the sediment (corresponding to detox reactions), so then it is more beneficial to keep giving Reiki until the sediment has been sifted out, as opposed to letting it settle again (to stay within the metaphor).

    I completely agree with you that it is so beneficial for sufferers of chronic conditions (or indeed for anyone!) to learn Reiki themselves, an easy way to receive consecutive Reiki treatment. However, for people who are already quite ill or have been ill for a while, it can be even better to receive a series of treatments from another practitioner first and then to follow on with self-treatment.

    Having said that, a recent student of mine who suffered a stroke over a year ago has had wonderful results in terms of increased mobility just with dedicated daily self-treatment.

  3. Hi Gisela,

    Just as you I started my Reiki journey with several western Reiki teachings, till I finally met Sensei Chiyoko Yamaguchi in Spring 2003. What impressed me most was the simplicity and common sense she applied and apparently was taught. As such she mentioned a few cases, where the treatments took place everyday, they talked, laughed and had tea, till the ailments where disappeared. No special magic, no rituals, just be there from the bottom of your heart.

    Ever since in when I had the opportunity and the client approved sever cases like post-operations and treatments with on stage 4 and 3 cancer, where done daily 60-90 minutes, the longest for two weeks. With astounding recovery and healing for the patients. By that time they where trained in self treatment.

    Apart of the prolong and continuous Reiki treatment, or should I say as part of the treatment, a very strong and deep personal relationship develops. The patient does not feel alone and helpless in contrary, it´s becomes a very close relationship, working in a team,asking discussing the experiences and from part of the patient releasing fears, doubts and worries, if and when there where any.

    Of course at all times there was no interference or even commenting on doctors advise and medications. Apart of their questions about the surprised faster then usual recovery. And even then it was only the patient who talked to the doctors or nurse.

    I think it is so simple it has to come from heart to heart, become one with your client, without taking his burden…and everything else happens by it self.

    • Hi Stephan

      thank you very much for your comment. You’re so lucky to have met Chiyoko sensei before she passed away. I share your love of the simple unassuming approach to Reiki practice that she embodied.

      The hardest thing about simplicity, it seems to me, is for people to get their heads around it, or perhaps get their heads out of the way, or even better place the head in service of the heart? Rightly or wrongly, I often think of my job as being an interpretor of simplicity….

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