What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You

What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You. Reiki is an energy healing technique What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You

Reiki is an alternative therapy that has been used for centuries in various forms. It is an energy healing technique that works with the body’s natural life force energy (qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine) and that of the universe. It involves the transfer of qi by laying the practitioner’s hands over the patient’s chakras and meridians, acting as a conduit, which allows the qi to flow through them and their hands to their patient. This helps channel the qi to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing.

Every living thing and person is made up of energy and in order to function optimally, this qi needs to flow freely. However, emotional traumas, physical injuries, stress, fear, and other suppressed emotions create blockages and stagnation in the body that prevent this flow and can lead to symptoms like pain, and disease in the body.

Good news is that while reiki is not an alternative treatment for medical issues, it is an adjunctive therapy that can improve the flow of qi around the body to help support the body’s natural healing process and increase a feeling of wellbeing. It enables relaxation, reduces pain, speeds healing, and reduces other symptoms of illness. It can also help people cope with difficulties, relieve emotional stress, and relieve headaches, leaving the patient feeling refreshed with the ability to think more clearly and sleep better. Bye, bye foggy stagnation and all without interfering with any other treatments.

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This unseen “life force energy” (qi) flows and circulates through and around every living being. It’s what causes us to be alive and if one’s qi is low or if there is any restriction in the flow, then the body will be in an unbalanced state. Being in this state of low qi and blockages increases the probability of illness, stress, pain, anxiety, fear, anger, and/or negative thoughts/feelings. However, when our qi frequency is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Chakras & Crystals Healing

The body has 7 principal chakras, which are important energy centers of awareness in the body that while are not physical or anatomical, they do correspond to certain positions in the body. They influence cells, organs, the entire hormone system, thoughts, and feelings and infuse the cells and organs with healing qi to function optimally along with the mind and spirit. As they influence us, we also take in energy through these chakras from our surroundings like plants, animals, other people, the sun, moon, and planets, etc.

They can be activated and harmonized through certain techniques which leads to improvements in physical and mental health, psychological stability, and inner peace. This knowledge and these techniques come from the oldest system addressing development of the whole person; yoga, but it has also been recognized by many other cultures.

The 7 chakras are aligned along the spinal column, extending from the coccyx to the top of the head and each is represented by a specific crystal, based on their frequencies. When choosing to pair crystal healing with your reiki or acupuncture treatment, these crystals are then placed on the corresponding points on the body to help draw in more healing energy and balance.

This is why chakra work, crystals, reiki, and acupuncture all pair so beautifully together. They all work with improving the condition of the body’s qi system to support the body’s natural healing processes, whatever your ailment may be.


Meridians are channels through which our qi flows. It’s like a network of invisible pathways connecting every element of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions like a map. There are 12 major meridians that each correspond to an internal organ and its own functions. Energy and blood continuously flow through these meridians and communicating and coordinating every function in the body to keep the body balanced.  

Acupuncture and Reiki

See how all of these elements and practices tie into our meridians and the qi that flows through them? This is why chakra work, crystals, reiki, and acupuncture all pair so beautifully together. They all work with improving the condition of the body’s qi system to support the body’s natural healing processes, whatever your ailment may be.

We offer Reiki by itself or in combination with your acupuncture appointment. Check out our options or book an appointment with Ciara to get your energy flowing freely again.

Simple solutions for anxiety and insomnia. How wellness and Traditional Chinese medicine can help!

  • Simple solutions for anxiety and insomnia. How wellness and Traditional Chinese medicine can help!

Simple solutions for anxiety and insomnia. How wellness and Traditional Chinese medicine can help!

To say that this year has been an emotional roller coaster ride would be an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of the way we live our lives, and for many people this has led to an increase in stress-related ailments like anxiety and insomnia. The good news is there are ways to combat these ailments without resorting to pharmaceutical drugs. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic healing system that can be a powerful tool in treating a wide range of health issues including anxiety and insomnia.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for centuries to treat everything from chronic pain to emotional disorders, digestive issues, sleep disturbances, and more. The practice takes a holistic approach to healing by utilizing natural therapies like acupuncture, nutrition, massage, and reiki to address health issues. These natural therapies not only help with existing symptoms, but they can also be preventative


Acupuncture is a healing technique that involves inserting very thin needles into key points on the body to correct energy imbalances. The idea is that everyone has energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) flowing through their bodies, but sometimes this energy can become blocked in certain areas. When this happens, you may experience joint pain, headaches, restlessness, anxiety, or a general feeling of malaise. Acupuncture aims to unblock these areas and open the meridians so that energy can flow more freely throughout the body. Studies show that acupuncture also stimulates areas of the brain that process pain and manage stress hormones.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the physical body and the mind are interconnected. For example, when we experience stress, our bodies produce hormones that increase the heart rate, elevate blood pressure, and increase blood sugar levels in the body. These hormones can also affect the organs and various systems. Over time, constant exposure to stress hormones can cause damage to various organs, and this can manifest as psychological conditions including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. A customized nutrition plan can help detoxify the organs and restore a balance between the body and mind.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is not only an incredibly relaxing experience, but it can also help heal the body and calm the mind by stimulating blood flow, releasing energy blockages, and regulating the nervous system. TCM massage therapies like Tui Na and Gua Sha focus on key acupressure points to open the meridians and get Qi flowing. This helps to correct imbalances and ease tension that may be causing anxiety or sleep disruptions. Massage also encourages the body to release feel-good hormones like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, which help elevate the mood and produce an overall feeling of well-being.


Reiki is an ancient healing therapy that originated in Japan, but it has been used for hundreds of years in many Asian cultures. The name can be broken down into ‘rei’, which means ‘universal energy’ and ‘ki’, which means life energy. It involves a practitioner placing their hands above certain areas of a patient’s body and channeling energy to promote relaxation and balance mental and emotional states. Many people find that reiki sessions are incredibly calming and help them release stress, tension, and negative emotions. This is a great option for those who want a non-invasive therapy to help manage stress.

How Red Leaf Wellness Can Help

Red Leaf Wellness is a highly acclaimed wellness clinic with two locations in Edmonton, Alberta. We offer acupuncture, massage therapy, reiki, and functional medicine services. We specialize in creating individualized treatment plans for a range of conditions including insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, pain management, weight loss, and more. Working closely with you and your primary care physician, we will design a holistic treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your symptoms and wellness goals.

Give us a call at 780.633.7538 with any questions you may have or schedule an appointment online through our patient portal with one of our practitioners.