What is Reiki?
-a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of natural hands-on, energy-based healing.
Reiki is a form of alternative, complementary therapy & energy healing technique, that helps to reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. It promotes relaxation, and triggers the body's natural healing abilities.
Reiki practitioners use their hands as a channel to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and balance of your energy to support healing on all levels. According to practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or even emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness.
How should I prepare for my first treatment?
Please arrive on time, or 10-15 minutes early if it is your first session. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your session. Wear clothing that is comfortable for you, please bring clean socks to any in-person session. If you have any crystals or gemstones you are connected to, you are welcome to bring them to incorporate into your session.
What should I expect from my first session?
For your first session, please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled session. This allows for your practitioner to go over any initial paperwork or concerns without cutting into your actual session time.
Practitioners will typically give Reiki treatment in a peaceful, private setting. However, the treatment can take place anywhere.
Reiki treatments typically last anywhere from 20-50 minutes. During a session, you’ll lie on a massage table fully clothed, as your reiki practitioner gently places their hands, palms down, on or just above your body in specific energy locations. They use a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions, typically keeping their hands in these positions for 3–10 minutes each. If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, bruise, or cut, the practitioner will hold their hands just above the wound.
Advocates state that while the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, an energy transfer takes place. During this time, the practitioner may report that their hands feel warm or are tingling. They will hold each hand position until they sense that the energy has stopped flowing.
When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has gone, they will remove their hands and place them over a different body area.
Your reiki practitioner may incorporate other energy healing tools, such as crystals or gemstones, aromatherapy, calming sounds or meditative frequencies, plant energy, tapping, or a combination of tools.
What are some of the health benefits of reiki?
Reiki promotes relaxation, stress reduction and symptom relief to improve overall health and well-being. It can:
Bring on a meditative state.
Foster tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery.
Stimulate your body’s immune system.
Promote natural self-healing.
Relieve pain and tension.
Support the well-being of people receiving traditional medical treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and kidney dialysis.
May create feelings of: peace, relaxation, security, wellness.
According to practitioners, Reiki channels universal energy known as ki, pronounced “chi.” This is the same energy involved in tai chi exercise. This energy supposedly permeates the body. Reiki allegedly aids relaxation, assists in the body’s natural healing processes, and develops emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Can reiki replace traditional treatments?
No. Reiki treatment should not be used as a substitute for the consultation of a physician or a psychotherapist.
“Reiki complements other types of medical and therapeutic treatments, and it can increase the efficacy of other types of healing."
If you’re already in good health, though, regular reiki treatments can enhance your ability to respond to stress and serve as a form of preventive medicine.
Do you help treat terminal or chronic illness?
Because it works on the entire self – mind, body and emotions – and because it is universal life force energy, reiki may be successful in all types of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.
Reiki isn’t specific to any particular type of disease or condition but may help people with:
Psychological distress, including depression and anxiety
Reiki can also help you prepare for surgery, which may help boost your recovery afterward.
It is important to note that Reiki should never take the place of medical treatments. However, people living with certain health conditions may be interested in trying Reiki alongside their regular treatment. For instance, some people with cancer may find Reiki beneficial as it may help them relax. The gentle nature of Reiki therapy may have a soothing effect on patients who find that they become overwhelmed with invasive therapy, fear, and stress.
What does reiki feel like?
You may experience the energy in the form of sensations like heat, tingling or pulsing where the Reiki practitioner has placed their hands.
Sometimes, people feel sensations moving throughout the body, while other people do not perceive any change at all.
Most people feel very relaxed and peaceful during reiki treatment, and many fall asleep during the process.
Individuals report different experiences. Some say that the practitioner’s hands become hot, others report cooling hands, and some feel pulsating waves. The most common reports are of a release of stress and deep relaxation.
What Should I Expect After Reiki?
You might feel more relaxed or less stressed out. Some people report feeling fatigued from the energy flow, while others have said they feel newly energized. It is different for every person. Please remember to drink plenty of water over the next 48-72 hours, as reiki energy will continue to help you heal even after your session has ended.
If you’re getting Reiki for a health condition, you’ll still need to follow your treatment and see your doctor like you usually do. Reiki doesn’t replace your regular medical care.