Moonstone Sanctuary
Energy Healing for Well-Being and Life Transformation - Chicago North Shore, IL

What is Reiki?

Wellness Through Wholeness
Reiki is a Japanese spiritual healing practice that promotes well-being and inner growth. Its aim is to bring balance and harmony into ourselves and our lives.  

Balance is what allows the body to self-heal. The practice of Reiki leads us to clear and align our body, mind and spirit. Through a deep relaxation process, Reiki brings peace, clarity and vitality while creating a deep sense of connection and harmony with life and the world around us. Reiki empowers our soul and ignites our spirit through deep connections within ourself. It reminds us who we truly are and guides us to live a more compassionate, conscious, joyous and meaningful life. The more we use Reiki, the more we feel naturally connected with life as a whole, and the easier we flow with it, living life in balance and harmony. 


Physical - Mental - Emotional - Spiritual







Reduces stress, anxiety and depression

Reduces chronic pain and muscle tension

Accelerates recovery after surgery

Promotes deep relaxation and overall well-being

Improves sleep, enhances rest

Enhances the immune system, increases vitality

Restores balance, improves quality of life

Provides a deeper sense of peace, joy and confidence

 Calms and clears the mind

Supports personal and spiritual growth


Where does Reiki come from?

​Mikao Usui developed a holistic healing system called the "Usui Reiki Ryoho" in 1922 in Japan. This translates from Japanese as the "Usui Healing Method for Improvement of Body & Mind". The system of Reiki was traditionally approached as a spiritual practice focusing on healing the Self to achieve a state of wholeness. The original system of Reiki changed substantially when it came to the West, where it became primarily a therapeutic hands-on healing technique, adapting to the Western mind, changing through time, places and cultures. Hundreds of different systems of Reiki have developed since the 1980's. See my page "Reiki Evolving" for more information.


How does Reiki work?

Reiki is a Japanese word made of two kanji "Rei" (spiritual or universal consciousness) and "Ki" (essence or life force energy). Therefore Reiki can be translated as "spiritually guided life force energy" or more simply, "spiritual essence or energy". It is a flow of pure energy that is around and within all beings. It penetrates everyone and every living things. It is the energy that animates us and makes us alive. Experiencing Reiki is to experience life at its fullest.  

Reiki emanates naturally from the physical body. All living forms have Reiki, animals, plants even trees. Learning Reiki makes us aware of the energy flow within us and around us, of our essence, reminding us of our true divine nature and capacity to heal ourselves from within. As a hands-on healing practice, the energy is stimulated by "laying of hands" on/above the body. Once the body senses the flow of the Ki energy, its innate capabilities to heal itself get activated. The body will draw the energy and use it to clear, enhance and restore a free flow of energy according to its needs. By nature, the body is always trying to create a state of balance, and through this process, comes healing, wellness and a sense of unity and harmony within ourselves and our life.


The Practice of Reiki

Hands-on healing is the most commonly known element in the system of Reiki but not the only one. Traditionally, the system of Reiki is more comprehensive. It includes five main elements: 

Reiki Principles

Hands-on Healing

Meditations and Techniques

Symbols and Mantras


It is through regular personal daily practice that the effectiveness of Reiki increases overtime and transforms our life. 


Reiki in Healthcare

Reiki is often used as a complementary health approach to Western medicine, Chinese medicine, chiropractic, chemeo, counseling and other treatments. The National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has classified Reiki as a biofield therapy based on its positive health effects in its medical use.

Introduced in the USA in 1938. Reiki has now become a widely used healing practice modality in the West to help people feel better. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, more than 1.2 million adults - 0.5 percent of the U.S. general adult population, has used an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, in the previous year (NCCAM). 

Reiki is presently being used in over 800 institutions all over the United States in treatments for heartbreak, anxiety, OCD, grief, PMS, migraines, allergies, joint and muscle pain, diabetes, constipation, addiction recovery, insomnia, colds, asthma, heart conditions, and also cancer. Hospitals such as the California Pacific Medical Center, the Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital and the Tucson Medical Center all offer Reiki treatments to patients. For more information, please see link bellow on Reiki Research Abstracts. 

For any questions about Reiki in hospitals, please feel free to contact me. I worked as a Reiki volunteer at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for a few years and will be happy to share my experience with you. 



Reiki is fundamentally a self-practice. Regular Reiki practice supports healthy and conscious living as well as personal growth and quality of life. 



Reiki is easy to learn; the level I provides the foundation to practice Reiki for oneself and for others. For more information, please feel free to email me. 


Distant Healing

Many people are surprised to discover that distant healing with Reiki is just as effective as hands-on healing. Indeed, the practice of Reiki allows healing to not only happen across space but also across time, allowing multi-generational and multi-dimensional healing. The healing energy can reach you, a loved one, a group, a situation or an event. Distant healing work can be done at any time and received from anywhere as long as the recipient opens to it. Distant work can provide healing support on a continuous basis over a certain period of time. 


Reiki Research:

Reiki Research Abstracts

Reiki Medical Papers 

Reiki General Information


Reiki is not to be used as a substitute for medical care. It is to complement professional medical/psychological care. Always check with your physician.