Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing art in which the practitioner places their hands over the main energy centers of the body and channels the “chi” or life energy through the patient encouraging and assisting the body to find balance and heal itself.
Reiki allows the body, mind and spirit to relax and find peace and balance. It is a non-evasive healing modality performed with or without touch while the patient remains fully clothed and laying or sitting in a comfortable position.
Reiki is fast becoming a very popular wellness practice and is offered in many hospitals, medical settings and in private practices around the world.
ABOUT REIKI SESSIONS:
-How long is a Reiki session?
A session is generally one hour. 90 minutes sessions may be available in some cases.
-Will I be lying down on a massage table or sitting?
Reiki is usually performed on a client who is fully reclined comfortably on a massage table. It also may be performed on a client who is semi-reclined on a massage chair or recliner. If you have mobility or pain issues please communicate these to your Practitioner so they may make you your most comfortable for the session.
-Am I clothed during my Reiki session?
Yes, Unlike a massage therapy session, you will be fully clothed. For a Reiki session you will want to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.
-Will the Reiki Practitioner’s hands touch me in any way?
At your option. Reiki may be done with a light gentle pressure static touch or the Practitioner’s hands may be a few inches above your body at the hand positions with no actual touch. There are standard hand placements beginning at your head or feet, avoiding all sensitive body parts. Let your Practitioner know prior to the session which you prefer, light touch or no touch.
Learn More About a Typical Reiki Session!
-Is your first session the longest?
At your first session you should plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early so the practitioner can go over the session, discuss your goals for the session, complete paperwork, etc.
-What does Reiki feel like?
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 particular body senses energy. It is different for all clients but the deep relaxation is almost always felt.
-What will I feel during the session?
Most clients feel a sense of relaxation and peace. The mind may feel calm and your physical body should feel relaxed. Reiki is so relaxing that sometimes clients may fall asleep during the session. Don’t worry though, you will still receive all of 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. Your practitioner wants the best for you and wants to make your session the best experience possible. If you need to communicate during the session, such as you are too cold or too warm, or need the music adjusted, or you are feeling uncomfortable then do speak up at any time. Also after the session your practitioner would like you to share your experience. This is good feedback for your practitioner’s notes for planning your next session.
-Can I drive after my session?
Yes, after the relaxation of your session you will be in your full awake state, but possibly feel more grounded and centered. A five minute brisk walk to your car will add to your groundedness. 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 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.
-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.
-Are there any medical conditions where I should not receive Reiki?
Reiki is a wonderful complement in a health or wellness plan. It supports your work with your primary care providers. Please see the IARP web site at https://iarp.org for articles on Reiki and how it may be of benefit with medical issues, pregnancy, life stages and more. As a kindness to your Practitioner please do not schedule a session if you have the flu or a contagious disease. Wait until you are feeling better and not contagious before scheduling.