THE BASICS OF REIKI
An overview of Reiki, a Japanese-style healing system
What exactly is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing to help restore balance within the subtle energy body. Those that practice Reiki are called Reiki Practitioners or Reiki Masters. Reiki is not a religion and is open to all people regardless of race, religion or gender. Reiki has been dated back to ancient times in India and East Asia.
Receiving Reiki from a Practitioner is a simple process. The client lies on a treatment table and the Practitioner will gently lay their hands on the body in a series of hand positions on the head, torso, and legs, sometimes hovering the hands rather than touching. Each hand position is held for a few minutes.
During the Reiki treatment, universal energy is drawn through the Practitioner into the recipient, helping to produce a state of balance. This is similar in practice to Jesus and Buddha, with "laying on of hands" healing methods.
What will Reiki or Energy Healing feel like?
Reiki is such a unique experience based upon each recipient and each practitioner, as well as the methods or tools used. Your session may start with an energy cleansing that can feel uplifting and may calm your nervous system.
You may feel deep relaxation, heat from the Practitioner‘s hands, tingling, a feeling of floating or sinking, or perhaps nothing at all. It varies a lot from one person to another. But no matter what you feel during your treatment, Reiki is giving you what you need.
Clients should communicate with their practitioner immediately if they feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken or equipment can be adjusted.
Are there medical conditions that would make Reiki inadvisable?
Usually not. That’s why it’s imperative that before you begin your session, the practitioner ask general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking, so that we can best assist you in the event of an emergency.
Typically the most common contraindication would be unstable medical conditions of the heart, nervous system instability and uncontrolled blood sugar issues. Your practitioner should review your intake form to assess health risks, if any.
If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for any health related activities prior to any session.
What Parts Of My Body Will Be Addressed in the Session?
Areas of treatment may include your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body may need treatment or if a chakra balancing would be more appropriate.
A typical Reiki session will utilize very little to no contact with the body. Often times, the practitioner's hands will hover over the body or gentle contact with the body by light placement of the hands without any pressure.
If a treatment goal has not be defined or requested, a Reiki practitioner would provide energy healing of the seven main chakras or the aura. The goal of performing chakra balancing or energy healing is to help restore balance within the energy body. These chakras, also known as energy centers, often affect our endocrine and nervous systems. Many times, a practitioner will hover or place their hands above or onto the chakras and/or head.
For more infomation about chakras, please visit: https://www.healthline.com/health/what-are-chakras
What should I wear?
You may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will remain fully clothed for the entirety of the session. We highly recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and minimal to no jewelry if possible.
Anything that is restricting, abrasive or distracting is not recommend. Minimal distractions will help the energy flow more smoothly when you're able to fully relax.
You will be properly covered with a light blanker at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Sometimes Reiki will be performed in a massage chair or regular chair and a blanket may be offered to you, if needed.
What should I do during the Reiki session?
Make yourself comfortable and connect with your natural breathing patterns. We like to encourage to slow down the pace of breath when possible, especially when processing any sensations of the body. Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. We suggest avoiding conversation during Reiki sessions, however we welcome clients to ask the practitioner questions about any sensations that you may be experiencing during the session. Many questions can be addressed prior to beginning the session.
Is Reiki be covered by insurance?
Reiki is not typically recognized as a billable health expense in the United States and therefore, is usually not a covered benefit by insurance companies.
We also are not contracted with any insurance companies and always advise with clients to check with their insurance company in regards to any insurance related questions about plan coverages.
Can Reiki or Energy Healing benefit me?
Reiki provides relief to people from all walks of life regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs. Your practitioner should ask for information regarding any specific health conditions from which you may be suffering in.
With many chronic ailments, Reiki and energy healing can relieve pain and help heal. As with physical problems, emotional problems may arrise into self-healing with Reiki.
Is Reiki a form of massage?
No, it is not, however it can be incorporated with massage when the practitioner is a licensed massage therapist and has the proper training in Reiki.
There are numerous types of massage and energy healing. Various techniques utilize different hand placements, tools and combined modalities, which is why it's important to know which style of Reiki that will be used in practice. Generally, Usui Reiki is the most commonly practiced throughout the world and comes from Japan.
How Many Reiki Treatments do need?
While a one-off Reiki treatment is beneficial, bringing a sense of calm and peacefulness, and maybe producing some short-term physical benefits too. However, the best results come through having a course of treatments, maybe 4-6 sessions at weekly intervals.
The effects of Reiki build up cumulatively, and having a course of treatments helps to produce long-term beneficial changes for you on many levels.
Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you have any symptoms of illness you should see your doctor. Reiki is safe and will complement any form of complementary or medical treatment. A Reiki Practitioner will not diagnose or recommend any form of treatment.
Can I Receive Reiki Alongside of Medical Treatments?
THE BENEFITS OF REIKI
Source: Reiki Healing Association (RHA)
Will Reiki benefit me?
Anyone can benefit from a course of Reiki treatments, no matter your age or your state of health, and beneficial changes can take place over a fairly short space of time.
Reiki can produce:
• Deep Relaxation
• Reduced stress & anxiety
• Boosted energy levels
• A feeling of inner calm, contentment and serenity
• A speeding up of the natural healing process
Reiki can also help you to:
• Feel more positive, confident and better able to cope
• Deal better with stressful people and difficult situations
• Develop a strong sense of purpose and clear-thinking
• Remove some of the ‘clutter’ from your life
• Enjoy a better quality of life