What is a Reiki Treatment like?
Reiki is a form of energywork that was discovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki transmitted through light touch and is deeply relaxing. Many of my clients report that Reiki is even more relaxing and centering than massage. I view Reiki almost as a “meditation through touch.”
What might you experience in a Reiki treatment?
- A feeling of inner quietude, peace and relaxation
- A feeling of lightness or heaviness as you relax deeply
- Sensations of heat, coolness, or tingling as enery moves and balances
- you may see colors, have imagery, receive insights
- Emotions may come to the surface allowing you to cry if you need to
- A release of stress and anxiety
- Lessening of symptoms of stress, pain, etc.
- An increase of sensatation as increased energy flows to an area.
- A sense of overall well-being
What does a typical Reiki treatment look like?
A Reiki treatment is usually 1 hr. and is done while you relax fully clothed on a massage table. Often you first relax while lying on your back. And then you’ll turn over and relax lying face down. And finally turn over as the treatment is completed.
If there is a specific issue or area of concern you may want to share that with your practitioner beforehand. Some Reiki Masters work with advanced ‘energetic clearing processes’ that can be helpful when wanting to work through issues or blocks.
What are the benefits of Reiki?
Reiki is deeply restorative, empowering and balancing. It reduces stress and facilitates healing and personal growth. It has a healing effect – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and is very centering.
Should I choose to use Reiki instead of consulting my medical Doctor?
No, Reiki is not a substitute for medical help. You should always seek medical advice first from a Doctor. Reiki can be used in conjunction with western/allopathic medicine.
Can Reiki help to facilitate emotional healing?
Nearly all of us have emotional healing that could take place that would better enrich our lives and make us feel more in touch and connected. Reiki helps us heal and release hidden issues. We may become emotional during or after a Reiki Treatment or Attunement. Sometimes generalized emotions will rise to the surface without an attachment to a specific memory.
It is my personal belief that we don’t need to continue to play movies of our past traumas or pains. We can always find more pain and I believe we activate and enliven pain by analyzing it too much. Science has shown that the brain doesn’t know the difference between something that is happening now and something that is being re-lived. So if we watch re-runs of difficult events in our lives we can be doing a disservice to our minds and bodies. But if emotions naturally come to the surface then often some emotional cleansing and clearing can take place.
Does Reiki take the place of counseling?
No, Reiki is not a replacement for working with a trained therapist. Reiki is not a talk therapy and pracitioners are not qualified to counsel their clients.
What should I expect from my Reiki Practitioner?
First of all it’s important that you feel comfortable with your Reiki Practitioner. Know that your Reiki practitioner should never do hands-on work over your breast area if you are a woman or over the groin area for either sex. Also, if you prefer the rest of your treatment can be hands-off, too.
For the Code of Ethics for Reiki practitioners as intiated by the International Association of Reiki Professionals, visit http://iarp.org
What might I notice after Reiki Treatment?
Allow yourself some extra time after your Reiki treatment before having to get right back into your day. Some people like to take some time to relax at a park after, sit and journal or take a walk after a treatment.
Many people notice that Reiki continues to affect them in the days that follow. You may notice that you are thirstier, you need more sleep, you are emotional, you need more quiet time or you may noticed increased energy and enthusiasm and you may just feel great.
Ultimately, everyone’s experience is different so it’s best to release any expectations of what the session might feel like and just enjoy the new experience and allow it to be what it is.