Reiki is a beautiful practice that enhances relaxation, reduces stress, and increases communication within the body activating the natural healing systems within our body and mind. The reason I love Reiki is it provides a structured practice for holding space for healing within ourselves.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a traditional Japanese energy healing method re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the mid 1800’s. Reiki promotes balance and healing on an energetic, physical, and emotional level through relaxation and stress reduction, and encompasses a lifestyle practice as well as a healing practice.
The 5 Reiki principles are:
Just for today;
Do not worry
Do not be angry
Express your gratitude
Do your work with honesty and integrity
Be kind to every living thing
Reiki is also the word used for the flow of universal life energy that is channeled during a Reiki treatment. Reiki is channeled through the Reiki practitioner’s hands to the recipient.
Is Reiki right for me?
People who have a nagging feeling that something in their life or body mind is out of balance or they feel like they are struggling within themselves and their environment usually find Reiki at the perfect time for them. If the idea of Reiki intrigues you, that’s a good sign that your body mind is ready to heal and experience growth.
What does Reiki do?
Reiki treatments address any blocks or stagnation in your energy field, working to re-balance and promote the natural flow of energy through your energy field or energy body. This clears up and revitalizes your overall energy and puts you in a state of relaxation and self-repair.
Reiki can help with things like: clearing emotional blocks, physical pain, increasing clarity, increasing creativity, balancing energy, increasing awareness, relieves stress, and more.
What does a Reiki session entail?
Be prepared to complete a confidential client history form that outlines the areas in your body and life that you would like the session to focus on. This will help the practitioner monitor your progress from session to session. Once you have asked any questions you have, you will lie fully clothed on a therapy table and relax. The practitioner will set intentions for universal life energy [Reiki] to be channeled to you the recipient where it is most needed and for your highest good. The practitioner then will place their hands above your body in your energy field, moving them over various parts in a sequential method usually working from the top of the head down to finish at the feet.
If you happen fall asleep, that’s very normal and a good sign! It’s best when you are able to relax into a meditative state with a clear mind, in a space where you are open and trusting your energy body’s ability to receive healing.
At the end of the session, you can discuss any questions you may have with the practitioner.
How does Reiki or energy healing work?
Eastern medical philosophies in China, Japan, and India have acknowledged for centuries the existence of a universal life force or subtle energy that flows through our energetic fields, much like the flow of water, air, blood, and electricity in our physical bodies. And just like when there’s a blockage or hindrance in anything flowing through our physical bodies, when there’s any hindrance in the flow of energy in our energetic field it causes disruption in our health and less-than-optimal functioning.
A Reiki practitioner is simply acting as a channel for the recipient’s energy field to draw in and receive as much energy healing as is needed, and where it is most needed.
Because every person is different, everyone will have a unique experience from a Reiki session. Some people are sensitive to subtle energy and will sense heat, tingling, pressure, or bubbling feelings. Some people process energy visually and will have intense visualizations. Some people don’t sense much during the session, but will experience detox-like symptoms 24-48 hours after the session as their system is flushing out toxins.
How does distance Reiki work?
Reiki and energy work is not bound by the laws of time and space. So distance Reiki sessions are every bit as effective as in-person sessions! Typically, people prefer distance sessions after they’ve experienced Reiki sessions in person, and have had a chance to observe and ask questions. I’ve been told by some people they prefer long-distance sessions because they are more easily able to relax and focus their attention inward, whereas others have told me they prefer being in-person to ask questions and process their experience verbally.