Preparing Yourself Mentally
If you have never experienced energy work before you may have mixed emotions being tempted to hold back in order to observe and take in this unique experience. Do your best to try and be open with curiosity to truly receive the full scope of a Reiki treatment. Reiki will change how you feel, think and behave – if you let it. This process can help you find a renewed balance in your life.
An intent is to clearly set your thoughts. Keeping your intent open without limitations or trying to manipulate the process will allow for a deeper healing to take place. You play a major role in the success of the treatment. Support your healing process by remembering this phrase:
“I am open to receive whatever it is that I may need at this exact moment in my life.”
The Treatment Process
In a Reiki session, you lie down on your back on the treatment table. You are fully clothed except for your shoes, eye glasses and any large jewelry. Belts should be loosened or removed so that breathing is not restricted in any way. It is best to choose loose fitting garments to wear on the day of the appointment. Reiki practitioners will often create a relaxing atmosphere for their sessions, setting the mood with the use of dimmed lights, meditative music, bubbling water fountains and/or aromatherapy. A sheet or light blanket is provided to balance your body temperature during relaxation.
The practitioner’s hands are placed lightly on or just above your body, palms down, using a series of different hand positions from the crown of the head to the feet. Each position is held for several minutes. The use a set of ‘standard’ hand positions is used for all clients, or the practitioner might work intuitively, which means that they allow the energy to guide them to just the right combination of hand positions for you on that occasion.
The practitioner’s hands do not physically touch any private or sensitive parts of the body, they are instead placed several inches above the body. So areas of the body that are too sore to touch or anyone that may have touch issues can still receive a Reiki treatment.
Talking is usually avoided during a treatment as it may distract you from making a rare connection deep within yourself which supports healing and spiritual growth.
What does Reiki feel like?
Reiki is experienced differently from person to person, session to session, and even body part to body part. Sometimes, sensations are felt not where the practitioner is touching, but in another body part all together. However feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed and rested with a more positive, balanced outlook.
A variety of sensations may be experienced, some of which may include:
- Sensations of heat or cold
- Energy movement internally
- Old memories or thoughts surfacing
- Deep sleep
- Visions of seeing colors and other wonderful experiences
- Emotional release – laugh, cry, sadness. Emotional release is a natural part of Reiki. Emotional release happens when you are ready for it to happen. It does not happen in every session and may not happen at all for you. Any outward manifestation of an emotional release will be met with compassion and understanding.
There is no right or wrong experience when it comes to Reiki. It is YOUR experience.
How often should I receive Reiki?
The number of sessions depends on your health needs, intention and wellness goals. These are your decisions to make with the advice of the practitioner. Are your intensions simply for an hour get away from stress or do you wish to consider a deeper self-healing? When you become clear to your intention then you can decide what your next step toward a more balance life will be. You are in control of this process. Your release and surrendering process is as much or as little as you choose.
Typically, practitioners often suggest a series of three treatments once a day for three days or once a week for three weeks but not spaced any more than a week. This is series of treatments that helps in supporting the body’s natural healing process. Three sessions in a series allows a clearing where the body, mind and spirit can begin to release their attachments, baggage or distracting habits. This is commonly done in the aid of passing through and compassionately dealing with heavy emotions. Examples of this would be:
- Sudden high stress
- Bereavement from the loss of a friend, pet or family member
- Relationship difficulties
- Aid the healing process of recent surgery or broken bones already set in cast
DISCLAIMER: This site was created in order to share the information about the wonderful health benefits of the Reiki Healing Energy. It is therefore for educational purposes. Reiki is not a massage. Please note, that Reiki is not a substitute for medical care. Information on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You should consult with the appropriate health practitioner in case of any medical condition.