What is Reiki?
Reiki (Pronounced Ray Key) is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means “universal", and Ki which is "life energy". Reiki translates to "universal life energy"
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation which may promote healing. In March 1922, Reiki was discovered by Mikao Usui, through meditation. Reiki is administered by "laying on of hands". Techniques such as this have been practiced for thousands of years. It is based on the idea that an unseen "universal life energy" flows through and around us. We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flow is uninterrupted, there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of wellbeing.
There is no religious belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive a Reiki treatment.
What to expect during a Reiki session?
You will be asked to lay on a massage table, fully clothed except for shoes. You will also be asked to remove or loosen your belt so that breathing is not restricted in any way. It is best to wear loose-fitting clothing on the day of your appointment. Wearing natural fabrics is best (cotton, wool, or linen). You may also be asked to remove any jewelry (rings, bracelets, pendants, etc.) prior to the session, so consider leaving these items at home.
Typically, a session can last anywhere between 45 and 90 minutes. Although it is considered to be its own therapy, Reiki may also be combined with other complementary/alternative therapies such as massage. In the western world, many practitioners use the standard hand positions and commonly a full treatment is given covering all the important organs of the body. There is no pressure on the body, making it ideal for treating all ages and conditions, sometimes hands are even held away from the body.
What do you feel during a Reiki Treatment?
It depends on what the individual needs, each person experiences Reiki differently. Clients may or may not feel any sensations during a session. Clients may experience deep relaxation, which may promote a calm, peaceful sense of well being on all levels. Some may feel sensations of warmth, coolness, tingling, or experience visions of colors and objects, while others may have an emotional response or release allowing harmony to be restored. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations on the area where the practitioner's hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body.
"It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work,
it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."
What happens after the treatment?
Do not expect a diagnosis, as that is not part of Reiki. Some practitioners may make common sense suggestions for after-care, such as drinking water and following your body's needs.
People typically leave a Reiki session feeling refreshed, more balanced, or sometimes they notice feeling more tired or relaxed in the evening than usual. This is not viewed as an adverse reaction, but rather as the body's natural healing response, something to be heeded. People commonly report a sense of calm and mental clarity and sleeping well after Reiki.