What Is Reiki?

Originally channeled by Mikao Usui, Reiki is therapeutic energy work based in Japanese tradition. It has been practiced since the mid-1800s, and has been shown to calm the nervous system, decrease healing time, promote feelings of well-being, and much more.

Photo credit: Catherine Ezor

Photo credit: Catherine Ezor

Note: Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.

The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “universal life” and (Ki) which means “energy”. It is a subtle and effective form of harnessing the life energy that flows through all living things.

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts, feelings, and patterns are attached. This causes the negative or low vibrational energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, restores and recharges the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy, natural and beneficial way.

Reiki practitioners believe everyone has the ability to connect with this healing energy, and use it to strengthen health and vitality in themselves and others. While anyone can tap into life force energy or Ki, Reiki is a specific kind of energy that you must be attuned to practice.

How A Session Works

Reiki is a healing modality without physical or spacial limitations. Sessions may be done in person, where the recipient lies down while the practitioner gives Reiki by placing their hands lightly on or directly above the recipient’s body. Additional forms of energy healing such as aroma and sound are often included. Sessions may also be conducted over distance. During these sessions, the recipient is encouraged to relax while the practitioner simply visualizes sending energy or sometimes uses a surrogate.

A Reiki session is calming and relaxing, and integrates well into a holistic, long-term personal wellness plan. Recipients report reduced anxiety, increased vitality, stress relief, mental shifts, emotional release, decreased pain, feelings of well-being, improved concentration, and more.

Healing is a process, not a spontaneous event.

Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness; it assists the body in creating an environment conducive to healing. It works to soothe and relax the body, activating the parasympathetic nervous system aka our body’s natural system for rest and repair. Reiki is a powerful complement to traditional western medicine; it is practiced in many medical settings including hospitals and rehab facilities.


The number of treatments needed for each person and each issue will vary. Chronic health issues often take longer to heal than acute ones.

If your problem is chronic or long standing, it may require multiple treatments over a longer period of time. We may also recommend additional healing modalities (such as a personal practice, akashic record reading, etc.) to expedite your healing time.

For chronic health concerns, we have seen best results with a past life regression (or akashic record reading) in tandem with a number of treatments over time, often 5-13 treatments on consecutive days. Please decide when and how frequently to schedule your sessions based on what feels right for you. You are responsible for your own health and well-being.

Working With LAGL

Catherine is a certified reiki master, and has been practicing multi-vibrational energy healing since 2014. She offers reiki 1:1 and to groups, both in person and over distance; and personally trains all LAGL practitioners. LAGL offers reiki as part of our multi-vibrational healing sessions that additionally include modalities such as meditation, breathwork, aromatherapy, sound healing, and more.

Catherine gives gratitude and reverence to her teachers, Gwen Gaydos and Cassandra Vitale.

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In the greater Los Angeles area?

We’d love to have you join us for a free community event this Friday, 8/16 from 7:00 - 8:30pm in Long Beach, CA.

For those new to energy healing, this even is an opportunity to experience and learn about Reiki energy. For those attuned, it’s an opportunity to practice, learn and grow with other Reiki practitioners in community. Come hang out with us as we heal, learn, transform, and expand with Reiki!