What Is Reiki Tummo? Here's Why Its Unique & Can Help You Access Kundalini Energy

All Reiki channels energy, but Tummo can activate Kundalini energy and treat Kundalini syndrome.

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Reiki Tummo, like other forms of Reiki, is an energy channeling healing modality.

The primary healing principle is balanced energy supports good health and well-being

Based on the Japanese tradition of Dr. Usui, the Reiki founder, Irmansyah Effendi, an Indonesian grandmaster, stylized this distinct form and created his own spiritual community.

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What Is Reiki Tummo, exactly?

Unlike other forms of Reiki, Tummo offers a technique to release a practitioner's Kundalini energy — often referred to as a Kundalini awakening

Kundalini is a font of energy stored at the base of the spine. When it's awakened or released the individual experiences an expanded state of consciousness as well as a new and heightened creative and sensual force.

It's obvious why so many energy workers and spiritual seekers desire Kundalini awakening. 

How does Tummo differ from other forms of Reiki? 

Reiki Tummo is more restrictive. Meaning, a healer uses it exclusively and not combined with other forms of Reiki or other energy healing modalities.


It's also prescriptive in that it leaves little or no room for the practitioner's own sensing and intuition. The activation of flow, self-healing process, meditations, etc are all executed in a specific way.

Altering anything in any way is discouraged.

All of this doesn't suit me well as an individual and a practitioner, but it's a unique healing practice.

I tend to use it more on myself than on others.

Spiritual devotion

The first two levels of Reiki Tummo closely resemble the teaching and practice of Western Usui Reiki, the most common form taught and practiced in the U.S.

Unlike other types of Reiki, Tummo is more like a form of spiritual devotion or worship akin to that of some organized religions, based on the perspective on several attributes unique to Tummo: 


1. The language or text of Tummo meditations.

2. The strict adherence to a specific format of the session.

3. Exclusivity of the practice, meaning no other forms of Reiki or other modalities of healing can be used.

4. Practitioners must completely surrender to the energy and its flow, acting as nothing but a conduit or "hollow bone."

In sum, compared to other forms of Reiki, Tummo is less open and flexible. Thus, it's less able to support an individualized self-healing process.

This is significant in that Reiki is spiritual, but not dogma or religion.

For me, Reiki is about supporting the evolution of the individual's own unique healing and/or spiritual path whatever that is. It's more about opening than worshiping.


With Reiki, in general, there isn't just one correct path.

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How does Tummo Reiki feel?

Heart-centered flow

I feel Reiki Tummo energy strongly in the heart center. I get a kind of gentle pulling sensation in my heart chakra.

This isn't surprising since Tummo is a singularly heart-centered modality. Many energy work modalities are heart-centered, but Tummo Reiki's focus on the heart goes beyond all other forms of energy work I've experienced or read about.

Practitioners are expected to keep their attention on their heart center throughout the entire session.

Other than the heart-tugging sensation, I don't feel much in my hands or my body. But, Reiki is very subtle overall.


With Tummo I don't tend to receive intuitive information either. In fact, the healing process is uneventful and, to be honest, I'd say a bit dull. Nevertheless, healing does take place.

I've noticed significant changes (healing) in myself after self-healing sessions. Likewise, clients have reported good success in the fulfillment of their healing intentions.

Tummo and Kundalini release

What first drew me to Tummo Reiki was my interest in releasing my Kundalini energy.

The practice is coupled with a series of exercises that "wash" the Sushumna (Central Light Column) with the intention of preventing the classical undesirable and uncomfortable Kundalini syndrome experienced with other Kundalini stimulating modalities.


This is an important benefit of Tummo Reiki. In fact, these exercises can release excessive stuck energy of any kind.

My Experience With Kundalini Awakening

While Tummo Reiki instructors insist that the Tummo method of Kundalini release is completely safe and comfortable, I've found that unless I strictly adhered to and practice regularly the exercises during the Kundalini release, I suffer from the classic Kundalini syndrome symptoms.

In fact, I sometimes continued to feel strong discomfort even when I did the exercises, but they did subside.

Nothing seems to gives me relief except frequent Tummo healing or cleansing sessions.

Taking all this into consideration, I've still concluded that when I have time to give the Kundalini practice consistent and adequate time and attention, it is quite rewarding.


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Patricia Bonnard, PhD, ACC is a life coach and Master energy healer in a number of different modalities including eight types of Reiki. She blends conventional coaching, embodied practices, and energy healing in ways that best suit the needs and the unique preferences of her clients. She also offers virtual and in-person workshops to workplaces and the general public and small intimate in-person energy certification classes. See more and contact her at Starchaser Integrated Coaching and Energy Healing.