Curious about Reiki and want to give it a try?

Here you will find answers to many frequently asked questions about Reiki. This includes what to expect during a session, what you may feel, and how to get the most out of your Reiki session. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

“The secret of inviting happiness…the medicine for all illness” – Dr. Mikao Usui

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing modality originating in Japan and introduced as a healing practice by Dr. Mikao Usui through his school the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in the early 1900’s. Reiki (pronounced Ray-Kee) can be translated as Rei – “Universal”, “Spiritual” or “Source” and ki – “life force energy”.

The healing process is actually two-way where the trained Reiki Practitioner allows universal life force energy (Rei-ki) to flow through their hands, creating a safe space for the recipient to receive and benefit from the healing energy.

Because Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness, it can never do harm. It always knows what a person needs and will automatically adjust itself to create the effect that is most appropriate at that time. One never need worry about whether to give Reiki or not. It is always helpful. In addition, because the practitioner does not direct the healing and does not decide what to work on, or what to heal, the practitioner is not in danger of taking on the karma of the client. Because the practitioner is not doing the healing, it is also much easier for the ego to stay out of the way and allow the presence of God to clearly shine through.

Getting the Most From Your Reiki Session

One of the things Reiki energy does is activate our natural ability to heal. Ultimately we heal ourselves, so the degree to which Reiki helps can depend on how much the individual is open to receiving the healing energy on a conscious and/or subconscious level, and how much they are willing to let go of energy which may not be serving their highest and greater good.

What can you do to get the most out of a healing session?

  • Be open to receiving.
  • Allow the energy to flow.
  • Do your best to be aware of how you felt before, during and after a treatment session and what you may have learned about yourself.

What can you expect during a session?

Your Reiki session will begin with you lying fully clothed, usually face up, on a comfortable massage table. Any restricting clothing items and jewelry should be loosened or removed. If needed, a robe can be provided. You will also be provided with a blanket, and if you like, an eye pillow. Additional pillows and heated towels are available to ensure you can completely relax and are comfortable. Unless you prefer silence, soft healing music will play in the background and the lights will be low. Sessions can begin with burning sage. This is done to “cleanse” the space, and provides a clear and comfortable space to work in. Aromatherapy, warmed stones and crystals can also be used to deepen relaxation and enhance the effects of the Reiki.

From there, your job is to relax as deeply and completely as possible.

During a Reiki session the Practitioner will place their hands lightly on, or slightly above your body, moving their hands to the various energy centers on the body, working to clear any blockages or imbalances that may exist.

What might you feel during a session?

During a session you might feel any, or all, of the following…

  • Heat, tingling, feeling of energy movement.
  • Temperature changes.
  • Subtle physical changes such a small muscle spasm or release.
  • An emotional response.
  • Sleepy or dreamlike state.

It is not uncommon to feel different sensations during a session including feelings of heat, tingling, and what some describe as electricity. Emotionally, you may have deep feelings of love, peace and contentment envelop you as you drift off in a peaceful sleep or meditative state. It is also possible that the session will bring up unresolved memories or emotions that are ready to be released. The treatment room is a safe and sacred space to express those emotions and is a common occurrence. You are encouraged to give yourself permission to feel and experience whatever comes up, and then let it go. It is a way for you to release those things that no longer serve you.

All of these experiences are perfectly normal as they are simply the way your body is releasing and re-adjusting its internal energy. If at any time during the treatment you feel uncomfortable, simply let the practitioner know, and the session will pause or stop for discussion.

You may also not feel anything at all, which is perfectly fine. It does not mean that the session is not working. It simply means that you are not sensing the subtle changes on a conscious level.

What can you expect after a session?

After a Reiki session people report feeling extremely calm and relaxed. They experience release and balance of energy blockages resulting in more restful sleep, relief from aches and pains, as well as faster recovery from illness or injury.

Reiki is an intense energy movement experience and you will likely continue to feel the effects well beyond the session. It is best to drink plenty of water to encourage the energy to move. Later, a 30 minute bath with sea salt can also be a good idea, as it will neutralize any excess energy in and around the body.


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