Discovering the Healing Power of Reiki: A Personal Journey

Discovering the Healing Power of Reiki: A Personal Journey 

When I first heard about Reiki, I was intrigued but skeptical. I wanted to explore its benefits for mental health, so I decided to

experience it firsthand with the help of Andrea Ferreira, a seasoned Reiki specialist. Andrea’s journey to becoming a Reiki practitioner is inspiring and deeply rooted in her passion for holistic healing.

Meet Andrea Ferreira

“My name is Andrea Ferreira, I am 54 years old and I am from Southeast Brazil. I am a Reiki Practitioner, a Constellation facilitator, and a Holistic Chef. My spiritual journey began many years ago through meditation circles, yoga, and essential oils. However, my path with Reiki started around 2010 when I had my first session with a friend. The immediate difference I felt drove me to explore further. Eventually, I studied under Reiki Master Joanna Crespo, completing Reiki levels 1, 2, and 3 by the end of the pandemic” (1).

Understanding Reiki

Andrea explains Reiki as “a gentle energy healing technique that involves a practitioner using their hands to guide a person’s life force energy through their body. The goal is to balance and improve the flow of this energy to promote healing, reduce stress and anxiety, align chakras, and encourage relaxation. Reiki is based on the belief that the energy of the universe can help the body heal itself” (1). According to the International Center for Reiki Training, Reiki “is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing” (2).

The Principles of Reiki

The practice of Reiki is grounded in five key principles:

  1. Just for today, I will not worry.
  2. Just for today, I will not be angry.
  3. Just for today, I will be grateful.
  4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
  5. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

These principles serve as daily reminders to help practitioners and recipients cultivate a peaceful and mindful state of being (3).

My First Reiki Session

During my first session, Andrea instructed me to arrive early, lie on the treatment table fully clothed, and relax under sheets and blankets. She used a light touch on specific points on my head, front, and back to transfer healing energy. She advised me to focus on my breath or imagine a stream of white light flowing through my body. The session was incredibly calming, and I felt a deep sense of relaxation (1).

Common Benefits of Reiki

Andrea shared that Reiki can reduce stress and anxiety, ease pain, and improve overall quality of life. It supports the body’s natural healing abilities, alleviates pain, removes toxins, and balances the energy field. Recipients often feel deeply relaxed and may even enter a meditative state during sessions. “The more Reiki healing treatments one receives, the better they will feel, and their life will improve greatly” (1).

Studies have shown that Reiki can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, and enhance overall well-being (4).

Specific Health Benefits

Reiki is particularly effective in addressing conditions such as:

– Physical and emotional pain

– Stress-related conditions

– Depression

– Anxiety

– Fear

– Addiction

While Reiki practitioners do not claim to cure illnesses, the practice helps align the body’s energy, promoting relaxation and natural healing (1, 5).

Complementary Therapy

Reiki complements other medical or therapeutic treatments by aiming to relax, ease stress and tension, and enhance well-being. It is often used as a supportive therapy for conditions like cancer and other chronic illnesses. “Reiki aims to relax you, ease stress and tension, and help with well-being” (1).

Research suggests that Reiki can be an effective complementary therapy in palliative care, helping patients manage pain and improve their quality of life (6).

Becoming a Reiki Practitioner

Andrea detailed that becoming a Reiki practitioner requires at least 9 months to 1.5 years of training, covering Reiki levels 1, 2, and 3. The training includes 65 contact hours with a Reiki Master, 75 treatments on others, 100 self-treatments, and 5 practical observations (1).

A Memorable Success Story

Andrea prefers to share her personal experience: “Reiki became a pivotal element in my healing process. Through Reiki, I discovered ways to release tension and stress, leading to a balanced state that empowered my body’s optimal functioning. It helped me recover from emotional and physical pain, and I no longer rely on sleep medication. Reiki has set me on a path of self-care, awareness, and calmness” (1).

Advice for Newcomers

Andrea advises, “Have the intention to become a Reiki healer, refine it into pure aspiration, and start attending Reiki circles. Receive one-on-one Reiki sessions, and make a commitment to self-healing as part of your daily spiritual practice. Reflect on the five principles of Reiki and integrate them into your life” (1).

Reiki has had a profound impact on both my and Shawn’s lives. It has provided a sense of peace, balance, and enhanced well-being. If you’re curious about exploring Reiki, I highly recommend reaching out to a certified practitioner like Andrea Ferreira to experience its transformative benefits.

It’s easy to doubt a practice as such because of its inexistent scientific research. However, all that science can’t explain, can imply that there is a greater reason coming from within the spiritual body. The practice embodies all factors that cure the body inside out. Around 50-70% of people lie skeptical before joining a circle, so it’s completely understandable to think so. However, as the National Institute of Health states, “Physiological measurements indicate that Reiki is more effective than placebo in reducing resting heart rate, increasing heart rate variability and reducing blood pressure”. Hence, indicating that placebo or the lack of science isn’t an essential factor. All facets from within this practice dominate the belief of their domains by emotionally, mentally, spiritual, and physically combating all false information through present practices. All it takes is a bit of curiosity to dive into the refreshing relaxation Reiki provides.


  1. Ferreira, A. (2024, June). Personal communication.
  2. International Center for Reiki Training. (n.d.). What is Reiki? Retrieved from
  3. International Association of Reiki Professionals. (n.d.). The Five Reiki Principles. Retrieved from
  4. Miles, P., & True, G. (2003). Reiki–review of a biofield therapy history, theory, practice, and research. *Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine*, 9(2), 62-72. PMID: 12652885.
  5. Baldwin, A. L., Wagers, C., & Schwartz, G. E. (2008). Reiki improves heart rate homeostasis in laboratory rats. *Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine*, 14(4), 417-422.
  6. Thrane, S., & Cohen, S. M. (2014). Effect of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in adults: an in-depth literature review of randomized trials with effect size calculations. *Pain Management Nursing*, 15(4), 897-908.
  7. McManus, David E. “Reiki Is Better than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy.” Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2017, 


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