What to Expect From a Reiki Session

What is Reiki?

Reiki, pronounced ray key, is an ancient healing energy modality that originates from Japan. Reiki means universal life energy.  Since everything is energy, reiki works on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  It is a healing system that assists the body in its own highest level of healing.  It is completely natural and complements other types of treatment.  Reiki can never harm - it heals, aligns, clears, balances, energizes, illuminates, transforms, uplifts, replenishes, and more.

What Is A Reiki Session Like?

A typical reiki session is an hour long treatment in which a reiki practitioner sends energy to a recipient. A reiki practitioner is someone who has been attuned by a reiki master. An attunement is the process of opening a channel for the energy to flow from practitioner to recipient. 

During the healing session the recipient, wearing loose, comfortable clothing, lies on a massage table.  The recipient can begin by lying on their stomach or back.  The session can be either hands on or hands off.  The reiki practitioner will place her hands on or above the recipient in various positions while the energy flows to the recipient. In general, each hand position is held for an average of one to three minutes.

The reiki practitioner is simply a channel or conduit for the energy.  She doesn't direct or control the energy; she just allows it to flow.  Energy is like water.  It will naturally flow and be absorbed where it's needed.  Imagine what happens when a river flows where a stream once trickled.  Lots of sediment will be picked up with the river.  In a similar way, the big energy of reiki can also clear blockages and release stuck energy.

Although reiki can be given in almost any circumstances, it works best when the recipient is comfortable, relaxed and open to receive. In this way, the giver and the receiver play an equal role in the exchange.

How Does Reiki Feel?

Reiki is an energy that's gentle and non-invasive.   Everyone has a different level of energy sensitivity and each person experiences it in their own way. Our energy changes a bit from day to day and the way the energy feels can vary also.

At a minimum, most everyone feels relaxed after receiving reiki.  Other common experiences are:

  • Feeling heat or sometimes coolness
  • Tingling sensations
  • A calming and quieting of the mind
  • Feeling peaceful, happy, balanced, and loving/loved
  • Sensations of lightness, heaviness, or expansion
  • Seeing colors or pleasing images
  • Deeper spiritual connection

It's fairly common to get so relaxed while receiving reiki that you fall asleep. Don't worry, reiki works the same whether you're awake or asleep.  Reiki is great for insomniacs.  People usually sleep soundly the night of receiving reiki.  After a reiki session, you can feel refreshed, recharged and happy to be alive.

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