Some of you may be familiar with a holistic approach to healing known as Reiki. If this is your first time hearing about it, well you've come to the right place! I've created this blog to help you understand what it is, how it works and what to expect from a session. This form of healing is used in various facilities from private businesses to Hospitals around the world. This isn't something new and we forget just how much our bodies have the power to heal themselves!
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. 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 life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Healers understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
A session is usually 60 to 90 minutes long. In your first Reiki session I want to create the most stress free environment for you. We will have a discussion so you are informed about what will take place and how you prefer the session to flow. The room will be blessed and cleansed of any negative energy before we begin. To enhance your experience I diffuse the air with therapeutic essential oils which have been studied on it's affects on relieving symptoms of stress. You will also get the opportunity to apply an essential oil of your choice before we begin.
After you get comfortable we will begin your journey with a meditation. For the actual session, the you will rest comfortably on a massage table on your back with shoes removed. Reiki can be performed sitting comfortably in a chair as well. Unlike massage therapy, no articles of clothing are removed and you are always fully clothed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested. A session can either be hands-on, where I will apply a light touch during the session, or hands-off where I will hold my hands slightly above your body. If you prefers not to be touched you can indicate this before we begin.
The session will then proceed moving through specific standard Reiki hand positions beginning at the person’s head or feet. A recipient of Reiki might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. If you choose I can talk you through the session so you have a greater understanding of what is taking place. The session should be very pleasant, relaxing and invigorating.
WHAT YOU MIGHT FEEL DURING REIKI
As Reiki energies flow between the Healer and the recipient during the session, the two bodies may respond or react with particular sensations. You may feel heat, warmth, cold, pins-and-needles, tingling, vibrational buzzing, electric sparks, numbness, throbbing, itchiness or sleepiness. The fact that you can feel Reiki flowing, whether you are giving or receiving it, is verification that the energy is being welcomed.
During the treatment, you may feel Reiki sensations. My hands will often heat up as a result of the flow coursing through their palms. You may feel sleepy as incoming Reiki energies soothe and calm pent-up emotional tension and stress.
Some people are more in tune with their bodies than others and will be able to share fantastic stories about feeling the different sensations that occur while using Reiki. They will talk about experiencing imagery, kinesthesia, and/or inner voices while receiving Reiki.
You May Not Feel Anything
Reiki sensations can be very subtle and may be overlooked, but with continued practice most people will begin to notice even the slightest shifts of energy. A few people will seldom, if ever, feel anything with Reiki beyond the tactile sensation of hands-to-body touch. Fortunately, Reiki works whether you feel it or not.
Temperature Variations During a Reiki Treatment
For some Reiki Healers, hand temperature may change as they are giving Reiki treatments. These changes range from burning hot to icy cold. Sometimes, the perception of the temperature will be different for both of us. For instance, I may feel that I'm burning up, but you may feel coolness from the touch or vice versa.
Extra Healing Hands
Here is an experience that is not at all uncommon. Some Reiki recipients may feel that additional hands are participating in the session. For instance, one woman reported that during a one-on-one session, she had felt two additional pairs of hands placed upon her body. These hands are my spirit guides assisting in the healing process.
One possible explanation of the “extra healing hands” sensation according to some belief systems is that healing spirit guides are present…. Maureen J. Kelly, author of Reiki and the Healing Buddha, says the sensations of the hands that Reiki practitioners experience can be explained by the Chinese philosophy of yin and yang. If the practitioner’s hands are hot, it indicates the recipient’s body has too much yang energy. If the hands are cold, the body has too much yin energy.
Byosen Reikan Ho
Byosen Reikan Ho is a scanning technique that is done before and after a Reiki session. My hands move over your body without touching you, to detect dis-eases and imbalances. This technique can be used to detect and treat dis-ease that has not yet manifested in the body. It is also used to treat residual toxins from past illnesses as a preventative measure against re-occurrence. Byosen Reikan Ho is not a diagnostic procedure, but a technique performed to locate and treat illness.
(International Association of Reiki Professionals)
HOW MANY REIKI SESSIONS DO I NEED?
It's generally best to receive three to five Reiki treatments one to two weeks apart. Once you see yourself improving you can space out treatments to one month or six weeks apart. Receiving regular Reiki treatments is excellent self-care and helps you to maintian holistic balance.
I want to empower you in your own health and healing. This is why simple take home tips are included in your Reiki session. Depending on why you make time for a Reiki treatment, these may include:
Here is a general guideline to help you determine how many Reiki treatments you will need:
If you are wanting to work on specific condition such as:
Here are some Great Articles:
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