Reiki: Everything you Need to Know in Syracuse & Rochester, NY

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Reiki: Everything you Need to Know in Syracuse & Rochester, NY

Our CNY Healing Art Centers at our Syracuse and Rochester New York specialize in Reiki services offering Reiki to the greater Upstate New York community. If you are feeling unmotivated or lacking creativity, Reiki can be a great way to help revitalize your soul!

Our practitioners are highly skilled and we offer both a 30- or 60-minute Reiki session. Prices vary per location – Syracuse: 30 minute $60, 60 minute $90 – Rochester 30 minute $45, 60 minute $80.

Call our Syracuse office at 315-671-5755 and Rochester at 585 244 1280 Option 2 to schedule your Reiki treatment.

But if you’re still not sure, let’s do some learning!

Fast Facts

  • Reiki is a form of energy healing.
  • It provides light, to no touch by the practitioner.
  • The energy is transferred from the practitioner’s hands to the client.
  • Reiki can help improve overall wellbeing and does wonders for your emotional state.
  • Reiki is used to help manage symptoms, not cure disease.
  • Cost typically ranges from $30-$100

What is Reiki

“Reiki is a Japanese form of hands-on healing otherwise known as energy work. The client receives the energy through the practitioner by the laying on of hands. The universal life force energy is channeled through the practitioner, out their hands, into the client. Reiki energy is very intelligent. It goes into your system enhancing/increasing your energy while turning negative energy into positive energy which enhances your spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing.” – Heather Anne Cachione, LMT, Reiki Master at out Syracuse CNY Healing Arts

Reiki came to the U.S through Hawaii in the 1940s after being taught to about 2,000 people starting in 1922 by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist. The definition if “Reiki” is, a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patients by means of touch, to advocate the natural processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being. Reiki stems from the words “Rei” meaning Spiritual Wisdom and “Ki” meaning Life Force Energy.

Rei is said to be wisdom from God, the higher self. This meaning that Reiki energy is a powerful energy that can be used on all. It understands each person and how to heal.

Ki is the non-physical energy where if this energy is low, it is more likely to cause illness or make one vulnerable to illness. A high energy makes for health and a positive wellbeing.

Reiki is often referred too as palm healing or hands-on healing due to the nature of how it is performed. Reiki’s natural method od healing is often very meditative and magical fro both the practitioner and the client.

Benefits of Reiki

The same energy used in tai chi is what is involved with Reiki. It is referred to as “Qi” which is pronounced “Chi”. One must tune into the energy if they wish to feel results as it cannot be proven by science.

“The sensation, relaxation and beautiful experience will leave the client with an overwhelming calmness that comes from such a wonderful healing.” -Heather in Syracuse

Reiki is a great from of healing for the emotional state by changing the energy patterns in the body. Reiki practitioners believe that energy can be stagnant in the body where trauma has been inflicted whether physical or emotional areas of the body. Increased flow of energy can help release toxins built up enabling relaxation, decreased pain and symptoms of sickness. Reiki is based on the idea that there is an unseen life force energy that flows through each of us. A low life source energy is what causes our immune system to be down causing illness. When the energy is high, we are more likely to be happy and healthy.

Reiki has also been noted in aide with cancer patients. Reiki helps them to relax. The healing power of touch can cause a soothing response on patients who may be overwhelmed, scared, and stressed. It has also been said to be beneficial when patients are going through chemotherapy.

Benefits include:

  • A sense of calm
  • Relaxation
  • Better Sleep
  • More ease of movement
  • More creativity
  • A sense of being re charged
  • Revitalized

What to expect at a Reiki Session

Reiki is best performed in quiet, peaceful settings. It can be performed sitting in a chair or lying down. Generally being fully clothed is best. Although at CNY In Syracuse and Rochester, we invite clients to change into a robe for extra relaxation. Depending on the setting, soft music may be played in the background. All jewelry, hair ties, glasses, shoes and socks should be removed before your session. As with any massage, it is best to turn your phone on silent to limit any interruptions or distractions.

The Reiki treatment will include little to no touch at all. Hands are held directly over certain points in the body where the practitioner feels stale energy. Hands will be held in these areas for as long or as little as the practitioner sees fit, or as long as they feel the energy flowing. Hands will be in different shapes and held over the head, limbs and torso. The practitioner’s hands may become warm. Once their hands are no longer warm or tingly, this signifies to them there is no longer energy flowing and they move onto the next area. Even after a person leave their treatment, the energy will continue to heal.

It is a personal choice, but some Reiki practitioners will choose to use crystals  or chakra healing tools to help enhance the energy from the treatment.

A sessions length depends on where you have this treatment done. In Syracuse and Rochester, sessions are thirty or sixty minutes long. Your practitioner may recommend additional sessions after your initial visit to continue the healing process with energy work.

There usually won’t be any talking during a session after going over your health history in the beginning of your session. Always let your practitioner know if something feels uncomfortable. Our practitioners in Syracuse and Rochester Healing Arts are trained to customize each clients session specifically to their needs and preferences.

Everyone’s experience with Reiki will be different. Some individuals report feeling different sensations such as body tingles, heat, seeing colors or images or recalling memories. It is in the patient’s best interest to let these feelings happen and not try to push them away. The more you continue with Reiki treatments, the deeper the connections and feelings will get.


Reiki ranges in cost depending on where you have your treatment done and length of time. Costs typically range from $30-$100 and if often not covered by insurance.

Side Effects

Reiki is not an alternative to medical treatments. It can be used along side treatment to help support healing and positivity.

Some side effects to a Reiki treatment may include:

  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Stomach discomfort

Side effects are often short lived and not serious.

In order to avoid side effects it is important to disclose all medical history to your practitioner prior to your session.

If you are feeling extreme side effects post treatment, we recommend calling your doctor.


Since Reiki is a form of energy healing, there is no hard pressed evidence of its effectiveness. Clients who receive this treatment do confirm the benefits and effectiveness. The popularity of this treatment is increasing.

From a scientific point of view, Reiki produces results on an electromagnetic level. From recent research, it appears that Reiki and other type of energy-work act to electromagnetically ‘jump-start’ the body’s own healing process by producing changes in vibrational frequency that in turn stimulate physical changes in the body.

Reiki at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse and Rochester NY

Our Syracuse and Rochester Healing Arts locations both offer Reiki services. Practitioners are highly skilled and always advancing their knowledge.  We offer a 30- or 60-minute Reiki session. Prices vary per location. No two sessions are alike. Call Syracuse or Rochester today to book your session and feel your life force energy rise!

At CNY in Syracuse, we have Master Reiki Teacher, Heather Anne Cachione who hosts classes throughout the year training you to become Reiki certified. Anyone can sign up for classes, even if you are not a massage therapist. In these classes, students will go through the different levels of Reiki training. After level one, students will be certified as a level one Reiki practitioner and able to perform Reiki on their own to themselves or loved ones. After the first level one course, students practice on their own for about 10-14 days before meeting with Heather again to perform Reiki on her where she can then answer any questions during their follow up session.

The passing on of Reiki from one to another is referred to as lineage. If you “have Reiki”, you are part of a succession of teachers leading back to the founder.

Reiki Prices at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse:

30 minute $60, 60 minute $90

Reiki Prices at CNY Healing Arts in Rochester:

30 minute $45

60 minute $80

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