What Does Reiki Energy Healing Feel Like?

Updated: Apr 7


The benefits of Reiki have been covered quite a bit from Vanity Fair, Oprah to Newsweek. As the coverage in mainstream media continues, many have wondered what are the common emotional responses to Reiki.


Why is it that there is such a range in responses to Reiki healing? Some feel a shift on the physical, mental, emotional and energetic level while others feel no difference at all.


After a number or in-person and distance Reiki sessions, I actually fall in the category where I do not feel any shifts after receiving Reiki. The same goes for all my in-person and distance attunements.


Ironic for a Reiki master, isn’t it?


As a Reiki practitioner, I was taught during training that shifts happen regardless of whether or not the recipient felt the “bells and whistles.”


Reiki energy works with the law of attraction to clear blocks and enhance your energetic health.


Being consistent in incorporating energy work into your daily routine is key to boosting your vibrations.


Thus, some people may feel shifts after a few sessions while others just simple don’t feel any changes.


When a Reiki practitioner channels universal energy to the recipient, the intention is set for the healing energy to go where it is needed and for the highest good of the recipient.


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We all have some kind of baggage that comes from accumulated life experiences. Some are able to process and release it more easily than others. Some tend to repress these difficult emotions.


As each individual’s body and needs are different, the emotional responses to a session ranges from feelings of sense of peace, reduced anxiety, to not feeling any shifts at all.


Reiki healing energy goes where it is needed to go for the recipient’s highest good.



The healing is not always accompanied by bells and whistles.


Nevertheless, an emotional healing responses, sometimes referred to as a cleansing reaction, can occur after a session. This can include tears or fatigue as past memories surface in order to be released.


Reiki can heal on the physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual level.


The universal energy may begin to work on emotional healing first, as that could be the source of a physical manifestation or illness.


If a Reiki healer sensed shifts occur during the treatment and maybe even received messages, there is a possibility that the recipient felt no change.


New practitioners are likely to doubt that this indicates their lack of experience, while experienced practitioners will likely not be affected by the recipient’s (lack of) response.


Shifts happen regardless.


Again, the benefits of Reiki healing do not need to be accompanied by bells and whistles.


Reiki energy can be very powerful and does not need to make its presence known while healing and supporting the recipient on the the physical, mental, emotional and energetic level.


In order for Reiki healers to assist a recipient’s experience, it is a good idea to prepare the recipient for what may or may not occur during a session.



People sometimes notice physical sensations.


This includes feeling tingling or changes in temperature, seeing colors, feeling light or heavy within the body, feeling sleepy, or relaxed. Others may not feel any sensations at all which is completely ok.


At the end of the session, healers can discuss with the recipient what both sides experienced. This is another chance for practitioners to reassure their clients that the session was effective.


Practitioners also want to alert recipients that he/she may find it takes some time to process the session. If appropriate, a comprehensive intake and outtake form ensures the recipient has clear expectations and an understanding of what the Reiki session can look like.


Overall, Reiki healers will attract the recipients that they can help the most.


So if recipients do not feel shifts during a session, it still means the session has benefited them and is in the interest of their highest good.


Reiki practitioners also need to make sure their ego is not encouraging them to believe that the results need to look a certain way. Reiki master or not, we all have the ability to heal ourselves and other through Reiki.


Common Experiences after Reiki




Christine Anne Platel, ConsciousConnections.com


“Thanks so much for the Reiki treatment. I had a LOT of energy shifts while you were giving me Reiki. I’m pretty sensitive; so I notice and respond energetically to everything very quickly.


During the Reiki, I experienced confirmation of insights I’d had previously; and I also had some new ones.


Most beneficial was the release of stuck energy, that was expressed through spontaneous vocal sounding, and body movement.


This is how I usually process, but I hadn’t been doing enough voicework lately, so it was wonderful to do so again, energized by your Reiki treatment. Sending Love and Light and Gratitude for your Gifts.”



Sarah Vargo, Founder of Stargo


“Thank you so much! I felt really good for the past hour – definitely felt a lot of tingling by my crown.


I had asked for help with my physical body and vitality and I do feel more energized and I felt my skin tingling too. It was a great session.


Sending lots of love…my love/light quotient also went up in my body and it is nice to receive as I feel I give a lot. THANK YOU!”


Disclaimer: I am not a licensed physician, nor do I practice medicine. I do not diagnose, heal, cure, prevent, or treat any disease or illness. Healing energy work is not meant as a substitution or replacement for regular medical treatment. If you are under a physician’s care, please continue to follow the advice of your doctor. Energy healing is offered with the heart-felt intention of sharing loving and healing energies. I make no guarantees about the results or anyone’s experience.


Reiki Level I, II and III Techniques


There are many ways of practicing Reiki. I learned Reiki from an inspiring Reiki Master, Lisa Powers. Lisa is the author of Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual.


The Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual is a helpful and easy to read guide for anyone who wants to learn Reiki. Whether a beginner or advanced practitioner, this guide shows how to perform Reiki on yourself and others.


According to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual, by incorporating Reiki into your busy lifestyle, to include your self-care routine, you can achieve emotional and physical wellness…even if you only have minutes to spare.


Ready to incorporate more Reiki healing techniques to achieve more peace and balance in your busy lifestyle?


According to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual, Reiki energy healing has been used successfully all over the world to heal emotional, physical and energetic imbalances. With this guide you will have detailed support as you learn how to perform Reiki on yourself and others.


This guide will be helpful for individuals wishing to explore Reiki before taking a formal class. It can also be used as a manual within Reiki courses. Those wishing to review their understanding from their Reiki courses will also find this manual helpful.


Check out the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual here!


Interested in Reiki self-care techniques?


Me too! I love learning about energy healing. There are so many different Reiki styles and techniques to learn!


Although I’m already a certified Reiki Master, I continue to attend Reiki workshops just to learn about the different styles of Reiki. In fact, I received my Reiki training from several Reiki Masters.


Simple Reiki Level 1, 2 and Master energy healing techniques.


Whether you want to incorporate Reiki into your self-care routine or help others through Reiki healing, start reading the Reiki Master Manual here!


Become a Reiki Master!


Reiki energy healing is a lifelong practice. Learn Reiki I, II & Master techniques in a self-study course. This course covers Reiki Level 1, 2, & Master healing techniques.


At the end of this course, you will have the knowledge you need to begin using Reiki for self-healing and helping others. Most of all, enjoy using it as an empowering tool for your own spiritual growth!

Access the Reiki Master Course today!