Healing with Reiki in German Hospitals

Reiki is a method of “hands on healing” or a spiritual touch practice. Often, when people hear of Reiki for the first time, they think of hocus-pocus but after their first session they change their minds.

“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.”

–The International Center for Reiki Training

A Reiki Master teaches the ability to give Reiki through so called “attunements”. In learning the several hand positions, then, students can heal others and themselves. Receiving Reiki is absolutely side-effect free, the person receiving it doesn’t even have to believe in this technique. Even animals respond amazingly positive to Reiki treatments.

Reiki is used in major hospitals throughout the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia….

In 2007, over 800 hospitals in the US were offering Reiki to their patients. (Source – American Hospitals Association, 2007.) Reiki is serious therapy, proven to work:


…and in Germany? The “Nordseeklinik Helgoland”, the “Rotes Kreuz Krankenhaus” Lübeck, the “Unfallklinik” in Berlin and the well known Charite in Berlin offer Reiki treatments to their patients.

In the day-to-day work of a hospital its application can be found in theatre, post-surgery, as an additional treatment to heal serious illnesses like cancer and HIV, infertility, severe infections, chronic diseases, in emergency healthcare, paediatrics, gerontology as well as for palliation of side effects caused by medication and radiation.

The effects of Reiki are stress reduction, pain relief and relaxation. It’s a time of letting go which accelerates the healing process. The use of medications can be reduced, side effects may be lowered, sleep and appetite may improve.

The good news is everyone can learn Reiki. Just contact a local Reiki Master. It’s that easy 🙂

Here is a breakdown of the three levels of Reiki:

1. Level 1: The First Degree

This level is a practitioner’s initiation into Reiki and is open to anyone. The focus is on opening the energy channels on a physical level. Attunements were initially given in four separate attunements. A level 1 course includes an overview of the history of Reiki, hand placements and self and group practice.

2. Level 2: Second Degree

Level 1 is required to attain level 2.
Level 2 is often defined by a focus on practising Reiki on others (humans or even animals). This includes the ability to provide distance Reiki, or sending healing energy to individuals wherever they may be.

3. Level 3: Third Degree & Reiki Master

The Third Degree is the Reiki Master.
The Reiki Master Level is traditionally the teacher’s level — a practitioner who has received the energy and knowledge to attune new Reiki practitioners.

At the end…we are happy to present three videos to you. The first one (English) gives you an insight into what happens during a Reiki treatment session:

The second and third one (German with English subtitles) are interviews given by Reiki practitioners at a hospital in Berlin:


Copyright: German Embassy Canberra. Video credit: “RIO Reiki”. License: Standard YouTube License.


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