Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is delivered by the healing of hands and is based on the notion that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and it’s this life force energy that makes us alive.
If your life force energy is low, then you are more likely to get sick or have stress, and if your life force energy is high, then you’re more capable of feeling happy and healthy.
Who Performs Reiki?
Reiki can be administered from anyone who has training such as a professional practitioner, a healthcare provider, or even a friend or family member. Reiki-trained practitioners can bring great comfort, especially in emergencies, such as the onset of the flu, or after an injury or surgery. If you want the best possible experience, take the time to find and choose a practitioner whom you feel comfortable with.
Where Can I Do Reiki?
A quiet place is always your best option, but Reiki can be done literally anywhere! For most people, a quiet setting where they can’t be disturbed is always the most relaxing. Reiki practitioners will usually have a dedicated space for their clients.
The Reiki Process
Your practitioner will explain the process, and it’s during this process where they will ask if you have any specific needs. Be sure to let your practitioner know if you have any health conditions that might affect you lying on your back or front. Also, let them know if you have any areas that are sensitive to touch.
Reiki is offered through light touch with the practitioner’s hands placed on a series of areas such as the head, front, and back of the body. The placement of the practitioner’s hands should not be intrusive nor should there be any pressure.
Additional hand placements on your limbs can be done as well. For example, if you have an injury or surgical scar that needs attention.
How Will I feel After A Reiki Session?
People often remark how comforting they find their experience to be. Some people fall into a deep meditative state. Sometimes the experience is so intense, while for other people, the first session, in particular, may be simply just calm. The most common experience is an immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.
As days go on, you may notice other changes such as better digestion, better sleep, and a sense of being more centred and less reactive.
Note: Although people typically leave a Reiki session feeling refreshed, sometimes they can feel more tired. Don’t be alarmed by this! This is just the body’s natural healing response.
4 Ways To Feel More Comfortable During Your First Reiki Session
1. Use the bathroom before your session so that you can go through the entire session comfortably.
2. If you feel shy about being touched, ask your practitioner to show you the hand placements before beginning, so you know what to expect.
3. Always let your practitioner know what you need before you start. For instance, if you have trouble breathing or if lying flat feels uncomfortable, let them know. If you’ve had surgery and don’t want to be touched where the scar is still tender, the practitioner can simply float their hand here. If you are pregnant or have digestive issues, it may not be suitable for you to lie on your stomach.
4. If you become uncomfortable during the session, you can adjust your position. If you need additional support under your knees or a blanket for more comfort, just ask. This is YOUR time, and your practitioner will be happy to help you.
Receiving Reiki is a beautiful calming experience. This practice works on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of your well being. In fact, Reiki has such beneficial health effects that both Reiki practitioners and their clients can feel its benefits during the session. Don’t force yourself to relax, just let the Reiki naturally relax you. Your state of being will naturally shift by the end of your session.