Massage vs Reiki

Updated: Apr 11

I am sure we have all experienced a great massage and understand how it makes you feel both relaxed and rejuvenated. The sense of invigoration has led to massages being a well loved self care practice. A good massage loosens muscles, increases oxygen and blood flow throughout the body. It also encourages the free flow of the body’s own energies, or “Chi” which we have learnt in our chakra blog posts as being essential to our overall well-being.


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Reiki, similarly helps ease tension in the body by increasing, unblocking and balancing the energy flow in the body, promoting of the body's ability to heal itself physically, mentally and emotionally.


Both massages and Reiki, ultimately, is known to have positive effects on the body and mind. It is important to note that, while massage and Reiki can have excellent effects on your overall well-being, they are not substitutes for conventional medical treatments and it is never safe to stop seeing your primary care physician simply because you’re receiving massage or Reiki.


While a massage is more vigorous and manipulates the tissues and muscles with various techniques and pressure points, Reiki uses only non-invasive touch or sometimes merely the proximity of the practitioner’s hands to move around particular parts of the body, channeling the flow of energy within the body.

To become a licensed massage therapist, you need to attend an accredited massage school and take extensive coursework, which would include topics such as anatomy, physiology, and other courses, in addition to massage techniques. You would also be required to pass a massage certification exam in order to be a licensed practitioner.


Reiki, on the other hand, is generally concerned primarily with spiritual energy and is typically not licensed by any state boards. There are organizations that has been established in countries to regulate this art of healing as it gains popularity. That does not mean that there are no certifications required to be a Reiki practitioner. There are various types of Reiki certifications as well, depending on which school and tradition you choose to practice.


Some common Reiki schools include Usui Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Holy Fire Reiki, Jikiden Reiki, Karuna Reiki and many many more.

At Tehara Dream, we practice the traditional Usui method which requires no religious beliefs or spiritual background.

All you need is an open mind (:


Not sure if Reiki healing is suitable for you? Contact us directly to find out more.

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