What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique that assists both the body and the mind with returning to their own natural state of balance, allowing them to simultaneously rest and heal. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided universal life force energy.
What does Reiki treat?
Reiki can help ease tension, stress, emotional trauma, pain, menopause, etc. It assists the physical body in creating an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional.
Reiki is a wonderful compliment to any health/wellness plan. It supports the work with your primary care providers. I invite you to visit IARP web site at https://iarp.org for articles on Reiki and how it may be of benefit with medical issues, depression, anxiety, pregnancy, life stages, and more.
What can I expect during a Reiki treatment? Most clients feel a sense of relaxation and peace. Once the physical body relaxes, the mind should be at ease. At the location of the practitioner’s hand placements, some feel a very slight tingling, heat, or energy, or possibly nothing at all. The sensations or lack thereof are not an indication of the effectiveness of the treatment, rather they are how your particular physical body senses energy. It is different for all clients but deep relaxation is almost always felt. Reiki is so relaxing that you may fall asleep during the session. Don’t worry though, you will still receive all of the benefits of the session, sleeping or awake. Just allow your body to react to the energy how it chooses to do so.
Typically, a session is done without talking and the practitioner may have soft ambient music playing in the background to aid in your relaxation. If you want to communicate something to your practitioner during the session, please do let her know at any time during the session. Your practitioner wants to ensure your session provides the best possible experience.
After your session is complete, your practitioner will give you any feedback she may have from the session and may ask you what you experienced during the treatment. This is good feedback for your practitioner’s notes for planning your next session.
How do I prepare for a Reiki treatment? The single most important thing one must do to prepare for the treatment is come with an open mind and give your body permission to experience the healing effects how it chooses to do so, not how you think it should. The physical body was created to heal itself, allow the mind to take a backseat and let the body do what it was built to do.
After completing a session, is there anything I should do? Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It is crucial to drink plenty of water to hydrate your body because its energy system may be operating at a higher level than what it is used to. It is also recommended to avoid unhealthy foods. You may find it beneficial to spend some quiet time after your session for reflections or journaling as you may have some insights and further mental clarity as your body continues to process the treatment. Some also find it beneficial to take an Epsom salt bath to further relax muscles and release tension and toxins that may have been brought to the surface from the treatment.