"The first time I ever got Reiki was coincidentally in a hospital for a wellness event. I was a high-strung, broke intern feeling like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders (so dramatic, I know), so the promise of a free, quick-healing treatment was idyllic.
"I sat in a chair while the loveliest, warmest older woman positioned her hands over me, hovering them for about 10 to 15 seconds at a time before moving on to a different area of my body. I treated it like a game—my eyes remained closed for most of the treatment, but every now and then, I'd peer open just a crack to see if I could guess where her hands were. Amazingly, even though she never touched my body, I could feel the heat radiating from her hands, channeling a calming energy through every limb. She wasn't touching my left arm, but I knew immediately that that's the area she was focusing on. When she was done, I felt incredible—like I'd just woken up from a nap. This same woman treats the oncology patients in the hospital who actually request and look forward to her visits, which really speaks to the power of this ancient practice."
— Lindsey Metrus, managing editor, Byrdie
"I've received Reiki twice, and both times my skepticism was completely eclipsed by the otherworldly feeling of the treatment. Both happened to be administered by Reiki master Kelsey Patel in group settings, and though my eyes were closed, I could feel when she was approaching me: An electrical current ran through my body, like I was vibrating, before she even touched me. Crazy physical sensations aside, I felt this huge catharsis and peace during and after the treatment. It's really like the most incredible, highly intuitive guided meditation I've ever experienced."
— Victoria Hoff, managing editor, The/Thirty