“I met Brittany at the perfect time. I had just been released from the Raiders and was dealing with a knee injury that had been lingering for over a year. Not only did her Reiki sessions help give me clarity on my purpose moving forward, it also aided in getting me back on the field faster and stronger. People who are sick, injured, or in pain are usually being treated for their symptoms rather than the source of the problem. Brittany was able to take a more holistic approach and use Reiki to help free up channels in my body so that it essentially heals itself effectively. Now I’m back on a team running around feeling great and I definitely believe a lot had to do with her sessions.”

– Jelani Jenkins, NFL Player

Jenkins officially became a Reiki practitioner on September 23, 2018 under the guidance of Reiki Master Britt Yap and uses universal life force energy to heal himself and his friends and family.


Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is:

  • A gentle and restorative Japanese energy healing modality
  • The practitioner channels the universal life force energy into the client by lightly touching or placing hands over the client
  • Helps the body to heal and recover faster
  • Helps relieve acute and chronic pain
  • Brings clarity and increases mental focus
  • Enables the body to go into a deeply relaxed (sometimes meditative) state
  • Balances emotions and reduces stress and anxiety
  • Brings a sense of peace and relaxation

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words: Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy.” So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.” One of the basic ideas held by those who practice Reiki is that this vital energy can be channeled to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

How does Reiki work? (It’s all about energy!)

Reiki is a gentle, natural treatment that powerfully transmits unlimited healing energy to the athlete. Reiki releases energetic blockages, tension, and toxins from the body and is deeply restorative. It looks a lot like massage but it’s not the same. Reiki uses energy, which not only affects the muscles; it deeply penetrates every cell of the body ignites the body’s own power to relax and heal from within.

Reiki is completely safe and has no known negative side effects. Due to the supportive nature of Reiki, it is a wonderful complement to anything the athlete is already choosing as part of his/her health care and recovery regimen. Rather than tackling symptoms of pain or injury, Reiki addresses the root causes. Once the root cause of the issue is resolved, the body eliminates the effects of the imbalance and thus heals the body and mind naturally.

From a scientific point of view, Reiki produces results on an electromagnetic level. From recent research, it appears Reiki acts 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 is an energetic advantage. It puts everything back into balance—physically and mentally—and allows for the athlete to compete consistently at the highest possible level. In professional sports where so much is at stake, when players can’t complete due to injury or illness, it can really affect the individual, the team and sometimes the outcome of the game or season. Once a sports team or athlete experiences the benefits of Reiki, I’m sure they’ll add it to their recovery regimen.”


How does Reiki help the athlete?

The health benefits of Reiki are becoming more recognized every day, and its popularity is growing—due to its successful integration into hundreds of hospitals and operating rooms, wellness centers and spas, due to people sharing word of mouth success stories and because of recognition in the media. Professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC as well as other sports have used Reiki.

Here is a detailed list of ways Reiki may support an athlete:

  • Speeds up the healing process of an injury
  • Relieves severe and chronic pain
  • Accelerates recovery from surgery
  • Helps prevent severe injury
  • Improves concentration and focus
  • Relieves muscle soreness and stiffness
  • Improves post-workout recovery
  • Supports athletes to be calm, secure and focused
  • Supports a positive mental outlook
  • Re-energizes and relieves fatigue
  • Boosts your memory, confidence and intuition
  • Reduces anxiety and insomnia
  • Minimize swelling and bleeding
  • Promotes balance within the athlete, and promotes harmony within the team, leading to better team performance

Reiki can be used anywhere in an instant. The practical nature of Reiki makes it versatile and limitless in its effects. While regular post-injury or game/practice recovery sessions usually take place in a comfortable setting, Reiki can also be used on the field or court for immediate treatment of injuries. All a Reiki practitioner needs are her hands and mind.

Knowing an attuned Reiki practitioner is like having a ‘first aid kit’ at your fingertips. Reiki can be applied to help minimize swellings and bleeding, relieves headaches and other physical pain immediately, and also helps heal tissues, burns, sprains and wounds. Reiki can also be applied to breaks, after the bones have been set. Reiki can reduce the healing time of injury and makes the healing process more comfortable.

Professional athletes are unique in the way they work tirelessly to strive to exceed the expectations of teammates, coaches, fans, themselves and often their harshest critics. There is enormous pressure to win for the team as well as a passionate drive to achieve a new personal best. It is a challenge to maintain mental and emotional resilience during unpredictable cycles of wins, losses, injuries, fatigue and life on and off the playing field.

Reiki can help the athlete develop a sense of physical and mental calm, that helps even the most challenged athlete stay focused and able to work better with others. In the face of an unusually high-stress environment, Reiki supports the individual athlete to maintain the drive needed to win while maintaining his or her serenity at the same time.

“I wish I knew about Reiki when I was playing sports in high school and college. To deal with the pain of injuries and headaches I would take Motrin everyday. I later found out that the Motrin played a big part in eating away at the lining in my stomach and ultimately led me to being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Now I use Reiki on a weekly basis and it has really allowed me to live a normal life, despite my UC.”

Former NFL Giants player talks about his experience with using Reiki to heal

“The longer you’ve played, the longer it takes for your body to recover, and the more I think you need extra assistance, more things helping you recover. A lot of guys get massages, a lot of guys get acupuncture, you know. I think guys should start adding Reiki to that.”

– Charles Way


Is Reiki the same as massage?

No. A standard massage typically manipulates the muscles and surrounding tissues using physical force, unless the therapist has been trained to employ other modalities. Reiki uses energy, which not only affects the muscles; it deeply penetrates every cell of the body. This energy is transmitted by lightly touching or placing hands over the body and its power is profoundly effective. Although this is not done with force, the athlete experiences deep relief and relaxation while the energy ignites the body’s own power to relax and heal from within. Often we are told that the effects of Reiki are longer-lasting and in addition to the physical benefits, there are many emotional and cognitive benefits that are not present with massage.

When should athletes get Reiki?

Athletes are busy people that are keen on getting deep tissue massage. For these athletes, Reiki is best administered in the following ways:

  • In a series of treatments when athletes are at rest (on their practice or off days)
  • Alongside massage and/or acupuncture treatments they are already getting
  • As on-the-spot treatment when needed such as in case of an injury

It makes sense for athletes to receive a series of treatments addressing specific health and performance issues from one dedicated Reiki practitioner. During their season, athletes who do Reiki 1-2 times a week onz a continual basis see the best outcomes. During the off-season, 1-2 times a month or as needed is recommended.

For on-the-spot, targeted treatment as required pre- and post game, it is useful if the athlete him- or herself is attuned to Reiki. Of course, once a relationship with Britt has been built, she can do distance Reiki healing sessions from anywhere. This is helpful when athletes are traveling and playing games on the road.

What is a session like?

During the session, the athlete is fully clothed and sits comfortably on an anti-gravity chair or lies on a massage table with a pillow or bolster under his/her knees to protect the low back from undue stress. Britt’s has a very comfortable and private office space in an easily accessible location in Alameda, California. She plays soft, relaxing music and uses essential oils to create a spa-like environment. Britt places her hands over strategic body positions and the injured area designed to direct the flow of energy to the chakras and associated organ and endocrine systems of the body. Reiki can be hands on or hands off. Britt usually places her hands about 2-3 inches off the body, so no touch is required in order for her to do Reiki.

A regular Reiki session lasts for about 45 minutes to an hour. Britt can do it in less time as well, if there are time constraints. During the relaxing session, the athlete closes his/her eyes and can either take a nap or focus on themselves, going deep within, and take a break from daily stress and tension—like a deep meditation. Falling asleep or entering a deep meditative state of mind is a normal response to receiving Reiki, and the body can go into a restorative mode.

Everyone experiences Reiki differently. This is because the healing energy intuitively travels to where the athlete needs it most. Many experience a vibrational charge or feel heat throughout certain parts of their body. Some feel an emotional release. Whatever happens during your Reiki session is exactly what is needed in the moment.

Once the session is complete, the athlete takes a few minutes to integrate and absorb the work before sitting up. It is common to experience a deep sense of peace and relaxation followed by a feeling of being energized. At least an hour of free time is recommended following the appointment to allow for a gradual re-entry to the world. It is advised to drink lots of water following the session so any toxins can be released.

Does this have anything to do with religion?

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

*Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth.

Just for today…

I will not anger
I will not worry
I will be grateful for all my blessings
I will work honestly and with integrity
I will be kind to all living beings

Interview with Former NFL player Charles Way

Check out the video at the top of the page!

In an article in the Reiki News Magazine (Fall 2010), the story of how Reiki impacted Charles Way is shared. At the time, he was 26 years old, and the Director of Player Development for the New York Giants because of a career ending knee injury.

Charles underwent several surgeries and still had a swollen, painful knee. Two Reiki Masters went to talk to him about the use of Reiki and how it might benefit football players. They gave him a series of five Reiki sessions. The first session resulted in a healing adjustment, where Charles knee hurt worse than ever. This pain subsided quickly with a second session the next week. By the third session, Charles was so relaxed he fell asleep on the table. During this session a loud “crack” came out of his knee.

After that, the swelling went down in his knee and the pain disappeared. He started to participate in football drills again, plus he was working out in the gym more strenuously than he had been able to since before his surgeries. Session four, a week later found him more muscular and stronger than in years. During session five, Charles shared he was going to see a sports orthopedic surgeon to see if he could get approval to play again – which he received!

Why work with Britt?

Britt is a former athlete. She played soccer, softball, basketball, track and field, and even gymnastics growing up. She continued playing soccer in high school and college. She understands what athletes go through, mentally and physically. She can relate to the mental toughness it takes and the pressures and demands that are on athletes to compete at a high level day in and day out.

Clients say she is very open, understanding, caring, non-judgmental, genuine, a good communicator and has a way about making everyone around her feel comfortable and at ease. Her story/journey is an interesting one and has led her to use Reiki and hypnotherapy to helping herself overcome a chronic condition that ruled her life for some years—ulcerative colitis. She recently moved with her family from Hawai‘i to California for her husband’s job. While her clients back home miss her, she continues to work with them remotely. Britt brings with her that Hawaiian mana and energy and she is very rooted in her Hawaiian culture. She feels her purpose in life is to help people heal and progress.

What else is Reiki recommended for?

  • Physical pain
  • Lack of energy
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of sleep
  • Digestion issues
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Disease-related symptoms
  • Side effects of medical treatments

Contact Britt for more information or to schedule a Sports Reiki session today!