What is Reiki and why you should add it to your self-care routine

We’ve been hearing the amazing benefits of Reiki: a practice that gives us a chance to slow down, quiet the mind and tap into a sacred space. We asked Olivia Scott, Intuitive Healer and Reiki Practitioner, to give us a run through on the basics of Reiki, what we can expect in a session and how Reiki is a tool for self-care.

What is Reiki?


Reiki is traditionally, a Japanese method of healing using the hands. It was created by Dr. Mikao Usui, who grew up in a Buddhist community and became a Monk, spending most of his time in a monastery. He spent his educated years in medicine, psychology and theology, and in 1865 founded Usui Reiki.

Usui realised the body had an energetic system, and that ailments could be healed by directing the Reiki Energy  through the hands and into the body. It works on not only a physical level, but also helps to heal mental and emotional ailments too.

Usui channelled these teachings after prolonged meditation and fasting. He knew that these teachings must be handed down to further share this healing method. The Reiki energy is attuned at a specific frequency of source energy. Using ancient sanskrit symbols, the Reiki energy is released.

What are the benefits of Reiki?

The benefits of Reiki spread across the whole being. I believe each Reiki Practitioner add their own gifts, making that Reiki experience unique and profound. The benefits of Reiki can include but not limited to;

  • Sense of relief, release, peace and understanding

  • Deep relaxation and insight

  • Clear and release blocks, stagnant energy or imbalances

  • Clear and rebalance chakras

  • Deeper understanding of spiritual self

  • Clarity on personal truth and development

  • Ideas, solutions or clarity around future

  • Relieve pain

  • Relieve anxiety, stress, tension

  • Improves sleep

  • Heightens natural vibration and intuition

  • Strengthen self worth, self esteem and confidence

  • Offers support and guidance

Reiki can be used for self healing too, as the hands may be laid upon the self. Reiki Masters (who have completed various levels of training) can also conduct Reiki via distance.

How should we prepare before a Reiki session?

I always recommend to my clients to just come relaxed, and to have a gentle morning and plan for some self care after the session. Wear comfortable clothes, and try to avoid coffee before the session. Try to avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before the session also, to keep a clear mind and body.

What should we expect?

Each Reiki session is different, and I find my regular clients love that they always get what they need each time. During the session, generally you will just feel relaxed, however as the Reiki works it’s magic, there might be old thoughts pop into your head, or you might go on a journey remembering old things, or solutions may arise to problems. Some of my clients fall asleep, and this is okay too. It doesn’t effect the Reiki. Your body and mind still receive all the benefits.

Occasionally my clients sense passed loved ones coming into the session, or they sense the energy like warmth, electric volts or pulsing, or feel energy leaving the body. Sometimes the energy can become dense in areas, or lightness can occur.

How will we feel after a session?

After a session you will generally feel at peace with where you are at. Sometimes if can feel as if a whole heap of old energy has been released, and you can feel light, ready to take on your life with a new outlook. You can feel tender, and like you want to ground with a walk along the beach. You usually feel very loved and supported, as if you have let out a good cry, or a chat with a loved one. You can also often feel like you need to rest, and feel tired. As the Reiki helps to unblock and release old energy, it is like a detoxification process, so treating yourself with extra love to assist this important.

How often should we do Reiki?

Clients always ask this after their session, and I say when they feel called to come back. I have Reiki every 4-6 weeks, but have clients who come every 2-3 weeks if they are needing the extra support. Sometimes it can be a great one-off session for when you need some redirection or clarity.

In my Reiki practice I offer the additional service of ‘channelling’ which is when I receive messages from your guides during the session which can help with you along your path. Each Reiki practitioner is different, and your intuition will tell you which one is the right one for you.

Reach out to Olivia:

If you would to learn more about Reiki or book in a session with Olivia at her Reiki practice on Jervois Rd in Ponsonby, Auckland, please contact her via her instagram @lovebyolivia_ or website Love By Olivia.