Reiki, a holistic healing procedure, was originally established in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist named Mikao Usui. Since then, various forms of Reiki have developed and some of them make use of Reiki music. The music can be played on its own or during healing. If played during a healing session, it can enhance the effects of Reiki and the tranquil melodies can take you into a pacific state where energy flows uniformly through the body. If played on its own, Reiki music can put you in a meditative state.

Forms and effects of music

There are various forms of Reiki music. They usually have gentle tunes, but some Reiki masters have experimented with more diverse natured music. For those who do their Reiki without music; simple, gentle and soft music is recommended at the start. Reiki music can be either downloaded from the web or purchased on a CD.

It is believed that music is the language of soul and it can help people relax more quickly. Certain music therapies have been practiced since ancient times. Likewise, Reiki music can also speed up the treatment, however, is not compulsory to be played during a session.

Though Reiki has been practiced for nearly one hundred years, music has been integrated with it quite recently. Therefore, there is not a fixed set of rules to be followed. It all depends on the Reiki master or practitioner. Some practitioners prefer slow music and dim lights while others do their Reiki session in silence. A few Reiki practitioners believe natural sounds, like one produced by waterfalls, are the best form of Reiki music.

There are several forms of music that can be used during Reiki Healing session but fundamentally there are two types of Reiki music: any type of normal music and instrumental music explicitly labelled as Reiki music. Companies selling Reiki music online, offer a sample from the collection to help people choose the suitable genre according to their personal likings. Length of recording is also an important aspect. Most of the Reiki practitioners recommend that Reiki music should run the entire length of a session or at least should last for one hour.

As people like different kinds and genres of music, same goes with Reiki music. There is not a single perfect choice for everyone. The following are most popular types of Reiki music:

Reiki Specific:  There are several albums created specifically for Reiki, and allow the practitioner to synchronise his hand movements with it.

Mediation Specific: These are albums with soothing and relaxing music and are considered good for mediating during Reiki.

Natural Sounds: These albums contain rhythmic natural sounds like sound of waterfalls, oceans or chirping of birds.

Popular Music Not Reiki Specific: There are several main stream albums by top-notch singers that can complement a Reiki healing session.

The Sound of Human Voices: Some people find albums, e.g. choral albums, with a lot of human voices good for meditation.

When it comes to choosing Reiki music, the only thing that matters is personal taste. It is not necessary to learn about different music, simply choose the music that relaxes you.