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Shamanic reiki: combining the best of all worlds

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

Most people are familiar with reiki as a healing approach, and many have experienced its wonderful healing effects, but I'm often asked about shamanic reiki - what it is, how it works and what to expect from a treatment. So I thought I'd write a blog all about it!

What is shamanic reiki?

Shamanic reiki is a fusion of two healing traditions, shamanism and reiki, that are combined to create a powerful and effective method of healing. It combines the energetic healing of Reiki with the ancient nature-based practices of shamanism to create a holistic approach to wellness. Practitioners need to be experienced in both reiki and shamanic practice to safely and effectively bring the two modalities together.

Reiki is based on the idea that the body has an energy system, and that when this system is in balance, the body is able to heal itself. Conversely, when our energies are imbalanced, we experience physical or emotional pain. Everything in the universe is made up of energy, and that by working with this energy, we can promote true and lasting healing and balance in the body, mind, and spirit.

Shamanism is an ancient spiritual practice that has existed for thousands of years and in almost every culture throughout history. It is a way of connecting with the natural world, the spirit world, and the ancestors for guidance and healing. Shamanic healing involves working with the energy of the earth and the elements of earth, air, fire and water, as well as spiritual allies such as power animals and spirit guides.

Shamanic reiki combines these two approaches to create a healing modality that is both powerful and gentle at the same time and, for me, shamanic reiki gives my clients the best of all possible worlds: the energy channelled through reiki is positively enhanced by the loving, healing energy of the elements and the wisdom given by spirit allies, allowing healing to take place on many levels.

How does shamanic reiki work?

Shamanic reiki works by channelling healing energy into the body, mind, and spirit of the recipient. I use my hands to direct the energy to different areas of the body, focusing on areas of pain or imbalance. In addition to the energy healing, I also use shamanic techniques to help my clients access deeper levels of healing and insight relevant to their life. Many of my clients are also able to connect more profoundly with their own spirit allies during their treatment.

Shamanic reiki is not just about physical healing, but also about healing on emotional and spiritual levels. I frequently work with clients on releasing emotional blockages or past traumas that are impacting their overall health and wellbeing, as well as removing energetic cords or other attachments that may be keeping them “stuck” in a particular situation.

What are the benefits of shamanic reiki?

Shamanic reiki has a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Promoting physical healing: Shamanic reiki can help to reduce pain, inflammation, and other physical symptoms. It can also help to speed up the healing process after surgery or injury.

  • Reducing stress and anxiety: Shamanic reiki can help to calm the mind and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. It can also help to promote a sense of inner peace and relaxation.

  • Improving sleep: Shamanic reiki can help to promote better sleep by reducing feelings of stress and anxiety and aiding relaxation.

  • Boosting the immune system: Shamanic reiki can help to strengthen the immune system by reducing stress and supporting overall health and wellbeing.

  • Providing emotional and spiritual healing: Shamanic reiki can help to release emotional blockages and past traumas that are impacting overall health and wellbeing. It can also help to promote spiritual growth and connection.

Shamanic reiki can benefit anyone who is looking for a holistic approach to healing and wellness. It is particularly beneficial for those who are dealing with chronic pain, illness, or stress. It’s also a great option for those who are interested in exploring their spiritual path and connecting with their inner wisdom and intuition and can open the door to deeper spiritual experiences.

What to expect during a Shamanic Reiki session

During a shamanic reiki session, I typically begin by assessing your energy field and identifying any areas of pain or imbalance. We discuss any concerns you have about your overall health and wellbeing and what you hope to get out of your healing session.

I treat each session as a healing ceremony, and welcome in the nature elements, spirit guides and ancestors and ask for their wisdom and guidance during your session. I may burn incense or aromatherapy oils, play some relaxing music, depending on your preferences.

I’ll then invite you to lie down on the treatment table or sit comfortably in a chair and I’ll channel healing energy into your body, using a series of hand positions to focus on areas of pain or imbalance. I may also use shamanic techniques such as drumming, rattling, or chanting to help you enter a relaxed state and connect with your spiritual guide.

As the energy flows into your body, you may feel sensations such as warmth, tingling, or a sense of deep relaxation. You might see colours or images or hear sounds, and you may also experience emotions or memories as we release emotional blockages or past traumas.

I also use shamanic journeying to help you access deeper levels of healing and insight. This can involve taking you on a journey to meet your power animal or spirit guide, or exploring past lives or ancestral connections to gain a deeper understanding of your present struggles.

Throughout the session, I remain attuned to your energy and adjust my approach as needed. Depending on what is required, I may work on specific areas of your body for a longer period of time, or focus on emotional or spiritual healing as needed.

At the end of the session, I will gently bring you back to a state of wakefulness and discuss any insights or messages that came through during the session. I will also offer guidance on ways to continue the healing process following the session.


Shamanic reiki is a powerful healing modality that combines the energetic healing of Reiki with the spiritual practices of shamanism. A shamanic reiki session can be a deeply transformative and healing experience, offering a holistic approach to wellness that addresses not just physical symptoms but also emotional and spiritual imbalances.

If you're interested in trying Shamanic Reiki, please email me at for a free, no-obligation Discovery Call.

Joss Anderson is a qualified and experienced Shamanic Practitioner, Shamanic Reiki Master Practitioner and ICF-accredited coach, based in Cambridgeshire, UK and online.

© Joss Anderson 2023; © The Wild Edges, 2023

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