Reiki is an ancient technique that is now practised in several countries worldwide, including Australia. The popularity is undeniable since its emergence in the 1800s. And you know what else is not a fad? Music. The incredible and therapeutic benefits of music have been tested and proven time and time again.
We have a clear timeline about how Reiki started, which was in Japan through Dr Mikao Usui after rediscovering ancient Tibetan Sutras. Usui practised intense spirituality, which paved the way for his concept of Reiki. Four years before he died, Usui travelled around Japan, seeking believers who later became his students. He taught more than 2,000 people but trained only 16 of those students to serve as Reiki Masters.
Music, on the other hand, has a more complex background, depending on who you ask. However, it is believed that very early humans discovered music and created primitive flutes and used natural items like wood and stone as the first percussion.
Humans have always relied on their voices to express themselves. Even our distant ancestors knew how crucial the sound of the voice was for social bonding or comforting their children. These are the humble beginnings of the music we enjoy today.
As music evolved, there’s increasing evidence of how it played a vital role in secular and sacred environments. Music has been around since the beginning of time – and so has a human touch, the principle where Reiki came from. Together, music and Reiki can give benefits not only to your clients (or receiver) but also to you as the practitioner.
The Power of Music and Reiki Combined
Reiki, on its own, is potent and powerful. It aids the rebalancing of the mind, body, and soul. It does so by helping energy flow freely throughout the body while removing negative blocks that cause stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and chronic pain.
People turn to Reiki because they feel a deep sense of relaxation, which is essential in de-stressing and easing anxiety. This complementary medicine is effective with modern medicine. And it works even better when the practitioner and clients are in a calming, soothing environment. This is what music brings.
Music therapy even exists to promote relaxation and calmness of the mind and body. By listening to music, we get lost in another world where only soothing sounds prevail. When practising Reiki, you can play music to help the client connect with their inner peace. That’s why choosing the right music is so vital. It helps your clients quiet their mind and thoughts as they find their source of peace from within through Reiki. It’s a powerful combination!
As a practitioner, you heal other people, and you may even start a Reiki business. You can incorporate music into your Reiki healing sessions. In my years as a Reiki Teacher and Master, I have found that the best way to do so is to play healing-conducive music. What does this mean? Pick songs, tracks, or sounds that aid in the creation of a healing and calming environment.
It shouldn’t be difficult for you, mainly because most people have always had a strong connection to music. So, it’s likely that your clients love listening to music, as well. Whether they are alone, in the car, before sleeping, or even while doing house chores, music is an everyday part of life.
Music is therapeutic, and science has supported certain benefits, including the sense of cohesiveness and social connection. Music indeed brings us together through concerts, events, and houses of worship, among many others. Music also helps people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, reducing cognitive decline. With music, mood experiences a significant improvement while assisting people in processing their feelings.
Music is its type of energy healing. In a Reiki session, you can play suitable tracks to shift vibration. Successful implementation can amplify the beautiful effects of the healing session. And that’s why – once again – picking the right music is vital. Envision what you want your client to feel during the treatment. It will allow you to come up with music that can help with the healing session.
Reiki Music Tips from Nourished Energy
Many new practitioners – even experienced ones – find it difficult to time their sessions. As a result, they constantly stop and worry about how long certain positions should be, interrupting their practice. No client likes a practitioner who looks like they are pressed for time – or worse, someone who looks like they do not know what they are doing.
So, here are some ways that can help make things easier, especially when timing Reiki healing:
- Find songs or tracks that are about three to five minutes long.
- Arrange those songs and create a playlist.
- Since you will be using the playlist in each of your sessions, you will surely listen to the tracks more often. Unless you are willing to go through your playlist every few weeks or so, you may want to select the music you truly love for the best results.
- Another method you can try is to base the music you will play on the client and their needs. What would they like to achieve through the Reiki session? Decide on the answer and play the music while you work on the client. It could take a lot of work because you will need to create more than one playlist.
- Each time there is a change in the music track, you should take it as a notification that it is time to shift to the next hand position. That’s why it’s essential to select music that runs for three to five minutes.
- If you find it challenging to choose or even locate good songs to include in your playlist, we suggest looking up “Reiki with Bells” on YouTube. From there, you will find appropriate Reiki music with bel timers every few minutes, prompting you to move on to the next position.
Reiki has always been a great tool that complements, not only with western medicine but also other therapies, such as music. Meditation music works wonderfully, as well as other tracks that will help in relaxing, sleeping, and healing. Reiki sessions with music playing can also energise the mind, body, and spirit of your clients. Most of the time, the goal is to create a sense of tranquillity and peace so that your client can focus on the present. Encourage them to leave distractions and worries behind.
Music does not have to be playing during the session, though. You can also have it in the background as you prepare the healing space to create gentleness in the atmosphere. It’s also useful after the session for the same purpose and to maintain a relaxed and safe feeling throughout the rest of the day.
Some Music Recommendations for Reiki Practitioners
Would you like to have music playing as you treat your clients? Here are some of my favourites that you may also want to consider adding to your playlist during your Reiki sessions:
1. Katie Underwood
You may know her as one of the members of Bardot from 1999 to 2001. Today, Katie Underwood is an expert Meditation Teacher. She offers remedial massage to her clients, as well. Katie combines the power of Reiki and music by providing tracks for Reiki sessions. Her music is prevalent in the Reiki world, with many Practitioners choosing to play Katie Underwood originals. It’s not surprising because Katie herself is a Reiki and Sound Therapist. She understands the best kind of music that brings in positive feelings and calmness.
Katie has worked in the Wellness industry for more than 10 years but has been in the music business for over 35 years. She is a vocalist and multi-talented instrumentalist who produces one of the best Reiki music selections around. Her purpose is to empower people, especially self-healers, through music.
2. Miracle Tones
There are nine tones under Solfeggio frequencies, which are believed to influence those around them positively. The 528Hz Solfeggio frequency is considered the Miracle Tone. It is also known as the Love Frequency and the Frequency of Transformation. It has powerful effects on the human body. Still, the most significant is its ability to reduce cortisol, which is the stress hormone. The Miracle Tone can also reduce sluggishness by increasing energy levels.
Miracle Tones are a wonderful addition to your Reiki practice. It balances and tunes the Solar Plexus Chakra, which helps improve self-esteem. By combining sound and vibration through an attuned Solar Plexus Chakra and a confident self, the result is miraculous!
3. MRM Team
The MRM Team focuses on delivering relaxing music for people looking to sleep better and wake up with less anxiety. MRM stands for Meditation Relax Music. Under the New Age genre, MRM Team has produced a few albums with distinct targets. The 2016 album Brain Waves, for example, was specifically intended for helping the brain sleep and feel relaxed while giving it the power required upon waking up.
Some tracks included are Delta Waves: Sounds of Universe, Alpha Waves: Uplifting Hope, and Theta Waves: Out of the Physical Body. The tracks are guaranteed to help those who have issues with getting deeper sleep. Therapists recommend those mentioned wave sounds for different parts of the day. For instance, Alpha Waves are best for mornings, Theta for afternoons, and Delta for most of the night.
4. Deva Premal
Deva Premal (real name: Jolantha Fries) is a popular German singer known for having Sanskrit mantras in her music. The Grammy-nominated artist presents meditative and spiritual harmony that includes ancient mantras from Tibet and Sanskrit.
Deva is well-known all over the world with concerts and chants that topped different charts. She is a classically-trained musician and also studied reflexology, massage, shiatsu, and Cranio-sacral therapy. Since she was a child, she has been singing mantras together with her family, who has Eastern spirituality beliefs.
Along with her husband, Andy Desmond, known as Miten, Deva Premal performed for The Dalai Lama in 2002 in Munich, Germany. They added the Tara Mantra, which is Dalai Lama’s favourite.
Deva has several track selections suitable for Reiki healing. This music lasts for almost 30 minutes, making it ideal for meditating. On Deva and Miten’s channel on YouTube, you will find numerous videos and playlists that fit well into Reiki sessions. If you have not tried listening to any of Deva’s masterpieces, you can start with Seven Chakra Gayatri Mantra.
More Deva Premal and Miten music can be found here.
5. Snatam Kaur
Snatam Kaur is an American singer born in Trinidad, Colorado. She is also a songwriter and author but mostly performs as a new age Indian devotional music singer. Snatam came from a family with a musical background. Her mother was also a musician. She began her career in the music industry in 2000 and continues to be active, performing and touring up to this day.
Snatam’s music is popular in the yogi community, having been applauded by the media, such as LA Yoga and Light Connection. Her 2010 album, Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants for Healing, entered the Billboard charts and peaked at number nine in the Top New Age Music albums.
6. Ben Carroll
Ben Carroll is a musician who founded InnerSelfSustained. He is a Sound Worker and Healer, meaning he uses sound to help his clients feel better, more confident, and at ease. Ben studied consciousness and metaphysics and continues to do so, with a significant focus on sound and vibration. He wanted to learn how sound could affect the mind and body through his unending education.
Ben was once a rock star but has transitioned to becoming a sound healer. It may seem like two completely different worlds, but Ben saw the connection between the two. That’s why, for several years, Ben has aspired to use sound and energy for strengthening intuition. Sound can facilitate healing, and through Ben’s music, his clients and listeners can gain access to better versions of themselves.
Take some time listening to Sound Healing Journeywork by Ben Carroll here.
7. Sonic Yogi
Sonic Yogi started in 2012. It was a hard time for Jonathan Adams, the founder of the company. He was under a lot of stress and had extreme anxiety. Before that, Jonathan worked as a musician. His experience had taught and shown him how important music is in our everyday lives. He used that knowledge to find a healing force that radiated through music. And that was when Sonic Yogi was born.
Soon after, Jonathan has given numerous talks and workshops about the main topic, sound therapy. His tracks are commonly used in many yoga centres. He found that sound can help people de-stress and relax as they reach a much deeper state of meditation. It’s the key to feeling great.
Music and Reiki may not conventionally go together, but they can always complement each other. Listening to soothing music while experiencing Reiki energy can achieve relaxation and an elevated mind. It creates a stress-proof field, one that your clients will be grateful for. Reiki sessions will surely be a more fulfilling experience for you and everyone else. I even have my own playlist during my sessions. Hope you enjoy it.
In love and light,