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If you have ever had a conversation with a nudist, visited the American Association for Nude Recreation website, or read the AANR newsletters, you are probably remarkably familiar with all the benefits of nudism or naturism. We know that living textile-free can help improve self-esteem and body image and can be very empowering and liberating. Health benefits include our bodies receiving more Vitamin D from the sun and better sleep with the lack of constraining pajamas among many others.

Reiki is an ancient healing therapy that is very complementary to nudist philosophy and can enhance and increase the benefits we gain from nudity. Reiki originated over two thousand years ago in Japan. The name “Reiki” means “universal life energy” and can be interpreted as God, Source, Universal Energy, the Divine and several other terms. It is what gives us life; it is our spirit.

If the universal life energy within us (mind, body, and soul) is in balance we are in a healthy state. That energy can become unbalanced for many reasons, including fear, trauma, stress, and certain beliefs and causes us to become ill. Adopting a nudist philosophy can help us gain back our energy balance as can Reiki therapy. Reiki energy, when channeled to an individual or to yourself, can result in reduced stress, relaxation, and healing on all levels. It can also improve mental clarity, concentration, and self-confidence. It can help relieve pain and may even cure physical and mental diseases and illnesses. Among its unlimited benefits, it simply seems to make life easier.

The basic premise of Reiki therapy is focusing your attention on the universal life energy (some may interpret this as prayer) and directing or channeling that energy to yourself or others that need healing. It can be practiced as a hands-on therapy with designated or random hand positions or directed from a distance. You can learn all the different Reiki symbols used for different purposes or incorporate them into one all-healing energy, or not use the symbols at all. There is no “wrong” way to practice Reiki and it can never cause harm.

If you try Reiki therapy, there are a few things to remember. Always practice with a relaxed and open mind and positive intention. Practice Reiki without fear. Fear blocks positive, healing energy. You may practice Reiki with a specific intention, but you will receive a completely different outcome. Reiki energy can be directed, but it ultimately knows where your being needs it for your highest benefit.

If practicing Reiki does not appeal to you or fit in with your beliefs, the five Reiki principles are affirmations that anyone can practice for a happier, healthier, and more productive life:


  1. Just for today I will not worry
  2. Just for today I will not be angry
  3. Just for today I will be grateful
  4. Just for today I will do my work honestly
  5. Just for today I will be kind to every living thing

If you would like to learn more about Reiki, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or access the numerous websites, books, and articles that are available online, and in bookstores and libraries.