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Q&A: How Long Does Reiki Stay With You After A Treatment?

This question pops periodically on Facebook and other channels.

How long does Reiki stay with you after a treatment?

The short answer is: it depends.

The longer answer is, it depends on many things, and it’s different every time. But some factors that could influence it are:

  • the skill or experience of the giver
  • the state and willingness to be helped of the receiver
  • the seriousness of the situation
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If this is the first session ever, or the first session after a long pause, it can stick around for as little as a few minutes. But it can also stay for a lot more.

Usually, with each subsequent session, Reiki tends to stay with us for longer and longer. Those who practice daily often experience that, after a while,Reiki stays with them all the time. It becomes easier to do Reiki than not to do it.

So, if someone asked me this question, I’d answer the more you do it, the longer it sticks around.

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Dr.rajeswari April 8, 2013, 6:48 pm

    It must be ongoing practice

  • Dr. Rajeswari April 8, 2013, 7:00 pm

    I have been all the time in reiki mood and it stays with me and helps me whenever I ask for

  • Manjit k Johal September 21, 2014, 7:30 am

    I totally agree with Dr Rajeswari…I feel Reiki is with me, within me, around me all the time.. 🙂

  • Heidi October 27, 2014, 1:42 am

    With my clients…. I sense usually how long it will be with them. Most times it’s a week or two. Interesting tidbit as I have one client I see monthly and she can tell around the three week mark she needs to be seeing me again.

  • Reiki Master-Healer PRABHAKARAN October 29, 2014, 5:41 pm

    For those who practise REIKI daily, Reiki is with them day-in/day-out, assisting in always.

  • Manuela Duggan November 30, 2014, 9:12 am

    I agree that Reiki is cumulative but surely the skill or experience of the giver is not relevant because Reiki requires neither skill nor experience. That would suggest that some are better than others. Does a client receive ‘better’ Reiki from me than those I have attuned? I think not.

    • veronica January 4, 2015, 3:57 pm

      I agree with your comment wholeheartedly. Love and light

    • Sarah S. September 7, 2016, 3:24 pm

      It is possible to have a lower capacity for transmitting Reiki if there are blockages in the sender or a lack of regular practice. The clearer the practitioner, the more reiki can flow.

  • C.E November 30, 2014, 5:18 pm

    When they say skill I believe they mean how much a person practices. I don’t think a person that practices once a month can give a better Reiki treatment than someone that practices every day. Although that is just my opinion.

  • Ana November 30, 2014, 6:42 pm

    I definitely feel the more someone practices and lets the energy come through them, the more it can flow. I have heard intuitives say also that the central energetic channel on those that practice regularly is wider as well. Could be just that the one who gives regularly has less of their own baggage. Regular practice is key.

  • Trish January 4, 2015, 8:44 am

    I only have to start thinking about Reiki & I can feel it. I use Reiki daily (on myself/others/distance) & think the more you use it the quicker it flows x

  • Jessica January 4, 2015, 5:46 pm

    I’ve a question…
    I’m a reiki level 2 practical and I give myself reiki periodically. I also listen to reiki healing music/free distance reiki on YouTube…
    Does that work as well that I’m receiving it via YouTube and not giving myself reiki?

    • Bhavna January 3, 2017, 12:56 pm

      Same here. Am also reiki level 2. Practice on my self and giving friends and family.

  • Wendy February 11, 2015, 1:20 am

    I’ve thought about this subject a lot.I took my Level 1 and 2 one year ago. I self-Reiki every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes on crazy days. But most of the time it’s a full treatment. As well, I practice the Reiki meditation Hatsu Rei Ho regularly. And I have shared Reiki with a girlfriend and family members on and off through this past year. Also, my cats enjoy Reiki regularly as well – my old cat expects it every evening, be it 5 minutes or 45 min. The flow is much stronger now than it was when I started. It’s physically noticeable to me. So in my mind, if the flow through me has become stronger with regular use, does it not follow that the flow into a client is stronger now than when I was first attuned? I believe anything becomes stronger with regular use.

  • Brenda September 2, 2015, 12:03 am

    I’ve been doing reiki for 10 years. With each attunement and daily practice, the flow becomes stronger because the blocks in my body are removed. I put reiki into teddie bears and pillows, my people tell me that it will last for abour 3 weeks before it needs to be recharged. Really enjoy this website. Thank you.

  • Rev. William Watson HP April 19, 2016, 2:21 am

    I am a Reiki Master and instructor and Reiki will be with the receiver forever and yes they need to still have the healing coming to them. Do they need to come back for another session no if you are true Reiki master you can do distant healing without them being present. I was doing Third degree work when I was just first degree. Brenda as long as you remove the blocks the energy is strong with all. In your first lesson you should have been taught that we are no more than a conduit and the energy flows thru us so the energy is as strong as it will get.

  • Dimple April 19, 2016, 3:13 am

    Wow amazing website. ..so many people sharing their experiences. .m too motivated to practice it daily

  • zuni April 19, 2016, 8:14 am

    Distance atunnment is possible ?

  • Diane November 5, 2016, 2:15 pm

    I am a Level 2 practitioner and practice self Reiki daily in the morning for about 15 monutes usually, I use it with Qi gong and it always makes me feel better I also meditate most evenings and send distance healing. I have definitely noticed a difference since the second attunements and growing stronger with daily practice and visualisations are now clearer

    • Diane November 5, 2016, 2:23 pm

      I also find the energy is with me all the time and tends to flow when and where needed. sometimes I pass someone and its like Reiki reaches out to them. I also find myself talking about reiki, tai chi and qi gong to random strangers. I believe more and more reiki practitioners are now becoming attuned because it is needed to assist the healing of the planet and survival and ascension of life

  • Jody Dudgeon January 3, 2017, 12:37 pm

    I did a reiki healing on a lady who had constant back pain 2 weeks ago tomorrow. She called me the following Sunday and told me she hasn’t had to use any pain meds at all or her reverse table. I’ve been reiki about shamanic reiki and connected my guides with hers. I will know tomorrow if her pain has returned or not. It can be amazing what connecting to the spirits will do while working on the physical body. I was also told that my great grandmothers great *3 has been helping me, in the sense of an eagle. We are cree from Moose Factory. I am wondering how much of an effect this will have on my abilities? I do know that I have to be careful when I do this. I am also looking into native medicines and how to combine this with me reiki healing skills to help others in the area. Life has changed since I was attuned for all 3.

  • Leah April 1, 2017, 6:30 pm

    I’m a reiki master teacher and someone asked if attunement was possible by distance unfortunately it’s not possible reiki attunement needs to be done hands on with the person in front of me or you.

  • Leah April 1, 2017, 6:36 pm

    Too be a true healer your own heart chakra should be fully open to give and receive pure love chi energy focus on empathy for every single living thing . Plant’s animals . People . Everything . Reiki stays with the receiver until the job is done no body knows only reiki knows it has it’s own intelligence. I do advise everyone to at least be attuned to level 1 to balance there chakras xx

  • Monika July 14, 2017, 1:10 pm

    I agree with many things said in this forum. But yes, you can receive attunement from a distance as long as your master knows what they are doing. It certainly works, I have had 2 done in the past 2 years and my reiki is as strong as of any other person being attuned whilst present with their teacher. Daily practise is definitely the best as it will also help you to develop more and more as a spiritual being.

    • LJ September 12, 2017, 10:03 am

      I received attunement for both Levels 1 and 2 from a distance. My level 2 attunement was one of the most profound experiences of my life. I am in Ohio and my master teacher is in Arizona. It’s energy. It’s Reiki.

      • LJ September 12, 2017, 1:31 pm

        Addendum: I realized after thinking a bit. It kind of was in person – the attunement was distance, but we were connected via phone, so there was an energetic personal connection..

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