Remote Reiki
Yoga Journal|January - February 2022
Can the healing energy technique work across distance and space?
By Megan Johnson, Photography and Illustration by Westend61; Sadik Demiroz/Getty Images

When the pandemic first hit, I dove deeper into the home practices that provided comfort and calm. I channeled my anxiety into daily meditation sessions, which I continue to do a year and a half later. I adapted my need for exercise into five-mile walks that I kept up until the gym reopened. But I found options for alternative therapies, such as massage, to be limited. Then I learned that Reiki managed to pivot its practice in the same manner as many other things: It went virtual.

I’ve always been a little skeptical of the technique, in which practitioners assist with the transmission of energy through gentle placement of the hands either on or slightly above a client’s body. But everyone I know who has tried Reiki staunchly asserts that the sessions eliminated emotional blockages and relieved physical pain. Several friends insisted that they felt more like themselves after having a session. One person said it’s as if all her baggage had been suddenly taken away. Another friend shared that she and the practitioner felt an “amazing energy” in her sacral area; two days later, she found out she was pregnant.

Curious, I wondered if Reiki’s renowned transfer of energy could work through a computer screen as well as it would through a practitioner’s hands. I turned to Google and soon found Molly Coeling, an experienced practitioner and teacher of Reiki based in Chicago, who was offering remote sessions. I reached out for more information.

HOW REIKI WORKS

Reiki was developed in Japan in the 1920s as a means to bring energetic balance to the body. The practice is based on the ancient premise that everything is, in essence, energy. There are varying styles and lineages of Reiki, although the intention is the same for all: to channel energy wherever it is most needed.

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