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Combining Reiki with Other Therapies

Posted in Reiki Blog

By Jaime Tanna

For me, Reiki represents one of the purest and most natural forms of energy healing available on our planet today, and I have no wish to dilute the essence of its message.

On the other hand, because Reiki means “spiritual energy”, the Greater Power that is Reiki will guide us to use other therapies and/or methods as we progress along our own healing journeys.

Reiki is our ever present, ever patient teacher, if we will but listen.

In my own work, I regularly combine Reiki with two other therapies to facilitate the best, or highest, possible outcome for my clients: Spiritual Response Therapy, affectionately known as SRT, and Sound Healing.

When a client comes to see me, even if they have specifically asked for Reiki, I usually suggest that we begin with a consultation to determine what is happening from their point of view, and clear life energies using SRT.

What is important is that the client knows which part of the session is SRT and which is Reiki.  I do not confuse them by muddling up modalities – this is vital to understand. If you are going to combine therapies for the highest good of your clients, I suggest having a clear intention and structure also.

SRT is similar to Reiki in that it addresses the ‘root cause’ of the client’s problem energetically.  In Reiki, we may use the HSZSN symbol as a focusing tool to get to the energetic root cause of a problem. For me, SRT helps one to discover the art of asking the right questions with regard to fundamentally changing consciousness. I like this direct approach, which is rather detective-like!

What I find interesting is that, as with Reiki, different SRT practitioners will work in slightly different ways to each other because they perceive things differently, and thus the healing intention and outcome will be unique.

We are all individual channels for Spirit/Source/God/The Universe, so it is perfectly natural that we will have some similar viewpoints, but also very different ones. Our different perspectives add to the richness of the tapestry we call Life.

Esther Hicks, of Abraham-Hicks, asked the Non Physical consciousness Abraham, ‘If we have been talking to God, why doesn’t God say the same thing to everyone? Why isn’t everybody getting the same message?’

Abraham said, ‘Everybody isn’t asking the same question. Everybody is not at the same point of understanding. Everybody is not even wanting the same thing… We are all about eternalness which means we are about difference. It is in our difference that desires of all kinds come forth, and as all of these new desires pop up, every one of them—even in their difference—is important.’

After clearing with SRT, I will then use Reiki to complement the healing process. I have trained in both Western and Eastern style techniques, so I tend to favour the more intuitive, eastern-style methods to hone in specific client issues.

Whilst giving Reiki, I do find the spontaneous use of sound coming through to heal and balance the physical and subtle bodies. A lot of times, I will observe the flow of Reiki in silence – but, many times, I am guided to tone and chant directly on or over the physical body.

In the practice of Usui Reiki, the Kotodama is chanted at second and third degree levels to help awaken consciousness further. In Japan the word for mantra is either Kotodama, meaning “words carrying spirit”, or Jumon meaning “chant”. According to Suzuki-San, who is thought to be one of Sensei Usui’s original students, the mantras for the Reiki symbols were the first extra piece of information to be introduced to Sensei Usui’s first teachings.

Kotodama is an ancient Shinto practice that used the vibrations of sound to interact with the natural environment. Mantras invoke a specific vibration through sound and most effective when toned, or spoken aloud.

For those of you who have taken second degree, and thus know the proper pronunciation for the Reiki symbols, I invite you to experiment chanting the symbols out loud (softly). This can greatly magnify the quality of the Reiki energy coming through you. Try it and see!

In Reiki, we don’t generally say the symbol names out loud – primarily because this would disturb the client but also because there is a degree of secrecy and sacredness for the symbols and their names. However, chanting the symbol names has a totally different quality to it, and can help create a very soothing experience for the client.

After taking my Reiki Master Teacher training in 2005 and launching Energy Therapy, I went on to take my Karuna Reiki Master Teacher training in 2006. Shortly after taking the training, I found that my voice started to change and that I was creating very unusual sounds whilst toning and chanting – without any effort on my part. I was absolutely fascinated and went on to study with Jonathan Goldman, a pioneer in the use of sounds for healing.

Using an externally created sound, coupled with clear, focused intention, it is possible to project a “healing” sound into the body, reminding the body of its natural resonant frequency, thereby restoring the blueprint for perfect health again.

This is not a new truth but an old truth revisited:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”John 1:1

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21

In terms of healing it has been said many times that the human body is like an orchestra and that if we are well, everything can be said to be playing in tune. However, when we are ill, there will be parts of us that are out of tune and throwing our body system out of balance.

Whilst remembering the magic formula of Sound + Intention = Manifestation/Healing, we can tap into the power of sound through toning and chanting. Indeed, sound will naturally move through the body to create a space for healing to take place, bringing the client back into alignment with the life force within.

We simply need to trust and allow ourselves to be a vehicle for sound from the higher dimensions. If we trust, then the “right” note will come out. It may not sound pleasant to our ears but it will be the one that creates the shift. It is important to remember that not all sounds are melodious!

Alongside the voice, I also use Reiki Drumming as a separate healing modality, or in combination with my voice during a client healing session. I also have a strong connection with aboriginal healing, and own several original Yidaki (or didgeridoos). I find that both the drum and didgeridoo help to create very deep healings for clients as Reiki “rides” the sound waves that are created by these primordial instruments.

Finally, as an Aura-Soma Practitioner, I also like to use the visible colour and light energy of Aura-Soma Pomanders and Quintessences to support the well-being of the client. Each of the frequencies are quite different and complement any healing session.

I invite you to allow yourself to grow with Reiki, and explore your own sense of uniqueness. The last thing that Reiki wants is to be “boxed”.


Jaime Tanna is the founder of Energy Therapy. A seasoned Reiki Master and intuitive healer, he is dedicated to facilitating the ongoing expansion of human consciousness through spiritual growth. Alongside his wife Jennifer, their vision is to continually empower others to become aware of their true natures, and to help them live more joyfully and consciously. They wish that all clients and students may experience spiritual, mental, emotional and physical healing of self, lead more joyful, fulfilling lives, and experience the bliss of the Universal Consciousness of Peace and Oneness.