Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
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."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
How is a Reiki treatment given, will the Practitioner's hands touch me in any way?
The practitioner will briefly discuss any concerns or questions you may have prior to the treatment. Reiki energy flows from the practitioner's hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table, but treatments can also be given while the client is seated. If you have mobility or pain issues, please communicate these to your Practitioner so they may make you your most comfortable for the session. The client remains fully clothed. The Practitioner will place her/his hands lightly with gentle static touch or their hands will hover above the area in a series of hand positions with no actual touch. Let your Practitioner know prior to the session which you prefer, light touch or no touch. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, or feet, avoiding all sensitive body parts. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the client's needs. Relaxing music is often played. The whole treatment usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.
What does a Reiki treatment feel like?
What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. Most people report feelings of deep relaxation. At the practitioner’s hand placements, you may feel a very slight tingling, heat, or energy, or nothing at all. The sensations or lack of are not a barometer of the Reiki, they are just how your body senses energy. Treatments have been described as glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including mind, body, and spirit, creating a feeling of peace, alignment and relaxation. Many clients fall asleep or relax into a different level of consciousness. Don't worry though, you will still receive all the benefits of the session, sleeping or awake.
Is there talking during the session?
Usually a session is done without talking and the practitioner may have soft ambient music playing in the background to aid in your relaxation. If you want to communicate something to your practitioner during the session, such as if you are cold or too warm, if you would like them to adjust the music, if you are feeling a sensation you would like to discuss, if something feels uncomfortable for you, if you have a question or issue, then do speak up at any time during the session. Your practitioner wants the best for you and wants to make your session the best experience possible. Also, your practitioner may ask you after the session if there is anything you would like to share, and you may do so at your option. This is good feedback for your practitioner’s notes for planning your next session.
Can I drive after my session?
Yes, after your relaxation of your session you will be in your full awake state, but possibly feel more grounded and centered. A five (5) minute brisk walk to your car or other transportation will add to you being more grounded. Please be sure that you are fully awake and alert before driving in general.
After I leave my session, should I do anything special?
Please drink plenty of water to hydrate your body as your body’s energy system may be moving at a more optimum rate, so please care for yourself with water and healthy food during the day. It is beneficial to spend some quiet time that day or evening after your session to journal or to contemplate as you may have some insights and further mental clarity as your body continues to process the Reiki session.
Is one session enough or will I need a series of sessions?
One session is a great start! You will see for yourself how Reiki makes you feel, if it is relaxing, if you feel more clarity after the session. Many people, after trying one session, go on to purchase a series of sessions to progressively work on their current wellness goals.
Can you have too much Reiki?
No, Reiki is beneficial and works with your body’s energy. In fact, your own energetic body is in control of how much Reiki it wants and needs during the session and utilizes it accordingly. Like breathing, you will comfortably take in as much as you need to support you.
Is Reiki for an acute condition or a chronic condition?
If you have an acute condition you should seek out a licensed medical professional immediately. If you have a chronic or current issue, Reiki can be an excellent complement in your health or wellness plan.
What can be treated with Reiki?
Reiki has had a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor illnesses like head or stomach aches, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post-operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases, people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvement in one's physical and psychological condition are what most experience.
Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment?
No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.
If I have the flu or a contagious disease should I have a Reiki session?
No. As a kindness to your Practitioner please wait until you are feeling better and not contagious before scheduling a session. You may opt instead for a distance Reiki treatment. Given that Reiki works with your energy, a treatment is still beneficial when not in person.
Is Distance Reiki as beneficial as an in-person treatment session?
Yes. Distance Reiki treatments are just as effective as in-person treatments, allowing patients to receive healing from afar. Energy is universal and our body's cells are capable of drawing on energy all the time. Distance Reiki works according to the Hermetic Law of Similarity, which holds that we are all connected, as we are all energy matter and part of a larger whole. As such, invoking this law during a distance Reiki session allows the practitioner to link an object to the energy field of the recipient.