FAQs about Reiki
1) What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
2) Where did Reiki Originate?
Reiki was founded in Japan in 1914 by Dr. Mikao Usui. For more information about the history of Reiki please go to: www.iarp.org
3) What is Reiki Session Like?
Healing is very personal. Everyone has had different experiences in their life which directly affect their energy system. Each Reiki session varies depending upon the individual and the healing that is being required. In general, Reiki sessions are very relaxing and comforting to people. After a brief introduction you will be asked to lay fully clothed on a massage table. You will be covered with a blanket and gentle music will be playing in the background to help you leave your concerns outside. Since I am concentrating on your energy system I do not talk during a Reiki Session unless you initiate it. Many people dose off into a light sleep during the session. Some people feel different sensations such as heat, tingly movements, waves, heaviness or lightness. Some people see colors & pictures or even have a thought from a long time ago. A Reiki session varies so much because it is personalized just for you. Since it is a loving energy source it is always working to heal you for your highest good.
4) What should I wear to a Reiki Session?
You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, remove glasses, shoes and unnecessary heavy jewelry. Since you remain fully clothed it is important for you to be completely comfortable. I also ask that you leave you cell phone and other electronic devices off so there are no interruptions during your session.
5) What if I’m seeing a Physician, Psychologist or complimentary care provider?
Reiki is a wonderful compliment what you are already working with your Physician. Reiki does not interfere with medication. Reiki should in no way take the place of licensed medical care. Reiki works in concert, with many complimentary treatments such as chiropractic, acupuncture, counseling and physical therapy. I personally have worked with a number of patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation and the clients report to me and their physicians the benefits. I encourage you to share with your physician that you are receiving Reiki so that he/she can take in account as your symptoms and overall wellness may improve.
6) What happens during reiki session?
During the Reiki session clients may feel waves of subtle energy gently moving through their body. Others may experience heat or coolness from the practitioner’s hands and perhaps even see comforting colors or visions.
7) How many sessions of Reiki do you 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.
8) How Does Reiki Work??
Reiki is an energy balancing system developed in Japan during the early part of the 20th Century. Reiki works by balancing the body’s energy field and energy centers (chakras). Reiki also works to relieve stress and promote deep states of relaxation that can aid the body’s natural healing processs. Reiki intends to put the body in its optimal state to promote its own healing. Reiki can thus help balance the spirit, relieve pain and promote well being.
Reiki is used as an alternative or complementary therapy. It can be effective in aiding the healing process when patients are undergoing chemotherapy or are recovering from illness, injuries or surgeries. Many hospitals, nursing homes and wellness centers offer Reiki to their patients. It is not, however, meant to take the place of medical care when a condition requires a visit to the doctor.
Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions, nor do they prescribe medicine or perform medical treatment. It is recommended that you see a licensed health care professional for any condition that you may have. Reiki possesses its own intelligence. It works differently for every person and every condition. Chronic conditions may require a series of sessions to experience some (if any) relief. Reiki may or may not be effective for your particular situation. It is important to set aside expectations regarding the results of your Reiki session. Reducing stress and having a positive attitude will go a long way toward your healing.
9) Do I have to understand what Reiki is to work?
No, Reiki can be difficult to grasp, that is why experiencing Reiki sessions are the only way to better understand how it can help you. Just like you have a circulatory system and muscle system you have and “energy system”. The more you receive Reiki the more you energy system “remembers” to keeps the pathways clear and not hold on the emotions, thoughts feeling that are not naturally good for you.. If you are open at least to trying it you will receive the energy on some level. There are many layers to the energy system. As an experienced Reiki practitioner I work to un-layer the system for best possible healing.
10) How often should I receive Reiki?
It would be wonderful to receive Reiki on a daily basis, however, unless you get trained in Reiki that isn’t realistic. Like most practices that encourage better health (i.e. exercise, diet) it is best to incorporate Reiki as a part of your health routine. After an initial visit, I discuss with you how often would be best for them to receive Reiki based on what I felt and your goals. I have found that men & women who receive Reiki 2-4 times a month have reported the most healing benefits. I encourage you to receive 4 sessions one week apart at first to open up and begin balancing your energy system then discussing if you’d like them more spread out. It really depends on you as you ultimately decide what is best for you!
11) Can Reiki help with mental & emotional stress?
Absolutely, Reiki has a huge impact on shifting our negative thoughts and emotions back to what is naturally good for you. It is important to understand that this would most likely happen over a series of many treatments and depends largely on what you are doing in between session to help with your own personal healing. Reiki can help with depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders, loss of a loved one, eating disorders and more. If you are seeing licensed counselor Reiki could be used a compliment to that work to promote healing on emotional and mental levels. It is important to be open and honest to the Reiki practitioner and the counselor so they can best help you. I am not a licensed counselor and do not recommend Reiki as a substitute for psychological care.
12) Can I receive Reiki during Cancer Treatments?
Yes, we are seeing more and more complimentary care practices as Cancer Centers and local hospitals. Physicians & Nurses are quickly recognizing the benefits of relaxation and healing that can take place during Reiki sessions and the positive affect is has on patients. Some examples, are less pain, less pain medication taken, feeling of comfort, clarity is making decisions, spiritual connection, less nausea and feeling back to normal after treatments. Reiki should be used only as a compliment to your physician treatment plan.
13) Should I receive Reiki when I have no apparent physical or emotional issues?
Yes, there are always underlying factors that we may not see or feel the surface. I highly recommend experiencing Reiki on a regular basis for general well-being and overall preventative health. Many people use Reiki to help maintain low blood pressure, for better sleep, as relaxation and other preventative measures; like they would their diet, exercise and meditation routines.
14) Does Reiki have any religious affiliations?
No, Reiki is not connected with any religious organization. Since energy & love are universal so is Reiki. Men & women from all religious backgrounds practice and receive use Reiki.
15) Can I learn Reiki?
Yes! Everyone has the ability to learn Reiki. Since we all have an energy system we all have the ability to tap into it for our better health. Many people want to learn Reiki to be able to give it to themselves on a daily basis and share it with their family & friends. Once opened up to energy system you will always have the ability to access this type of healing. If you are interested in taking a class please contact me.
16) How long are Reiki sessions?
A typical reiki session lasts between 30 and 40 minutes.
17) How do you feel after a Reiki session?
After receiving Reiki, you tend to feel:
as if you have been meditating.
freer in your body with less physical pain.
freer in your mind as situations that once bothered you no longer do.
18) What are the benefits of Reiki?
Provides relief from stress, anxiety, and depression
Promotes a state of total relaxation and peace
Reduces or alleviates pains
Supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself
Accelerates physical healing of injuries
Balances the energy system
Brings deep and restful sleep
Promotes emotional healing & mental well being
Assists the body in cleansing toxins
Supports allopathic and holistic treatment
Reduces side-effects from medications, chemotherapy, anesthesia