What Is Reiki?
Reiki is an alternative therapy commonly referred to as energy healing. It is a non-invasive relaxation technique that can help promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Reiki (pronounced “ray-kee”) originated in Japan and involves the transfer of what’s called universal life energy (known as prana and chi in Eastern medicine) through a trained and certified practitioner, who serves as a channel. Although debated in Western science, universal life energy is something that flows through you as long as you are alive and breathing. In a reiki session, the reiki practitioner serves as a clear channel and helps reawaken what is already within you.
The reiki practitioner will assess, and then clear and balance each chakra (“chaa-kruh,” pronounced with the “ch” sound like in the word “chess”), a Sanskrit word that refers to the main energy centers or energy wheels of the body. There are seven main chakras in the subtle or astral body (the body of life energy underlying the physical human body) and they each correlate with different major organs, nerves, and physiological processes. Despite the convenient correspondence, it is important not to confuse the chakras with the physical body. Blocked or imbalanced chakras tend to manifest physically and/or emotionally. Our hectic society and demands in life often knock our energies out of alignment. When our chakras are open, spinning efficiently, and in alignment, we are able to feel more connected and flow through life with more ease and awareness. Once you find a practitioner you resonate with and they can be a clear channel with pure intentions, reiki is one modality that can aid in this process of self-knowledge and self-realization.
Reiki is usually administered on a reiki/massage table in a quiet, peaceful setting to a fully clothed individual. Sessions are usually scheduled for an hour. If lying down is uncomfortable or challenging for some clients, sitting upright in a chair is also possible. Light, non-invasive touch or no touch at all may be involved, based on the client’s preferences. Aromatherapy, crystals or gemstones, and sound therapy instruments may also be used, based on the client’s preferences. Sound healing involves the use of vibrations from various musical instruments (drums, singing bowls, tuning forks, etc.) to promote relaxation in the mind and body. It is important to note that reiki is effective by itself and external tools are not required.
Reiki is not intended for use in diagnosing, treating, or preventing dis-ease, and, as with all complementary therapy techniques, reiki is not intended to be a substitute for medical or psychological care.
What can reiki help with?
Reiki can help you:
- Be present for yourself and your loved ones
- Reduce stress
- Improve focus
- Improve sleep
- Improve digestion
- Reduce anxiety
- Manage depression naturally
- Improve post-traumatic stress
- Reduce migraines and headaches
- Improve chronic pain
- Support recovery from injury or surgery
- Clear out stuck energies
What can you expect from a reiki session?
Before the session, reserve space in your schedule for yourself so that you are not rushing to another commitment right away. Wear loose, comfortable clothes to the session. Avoid caffeine, smoking, alcohol, and large meals before the session. Take time to share with the practitioner about any injuries, scars, sensitivities, and specific needs. The practitioner will walk you through a brief client history and consent form during your first visit.
During the session, the practitioner will move her/his hands around you using light, non-invasive touch and/or hovering above the physical body. You may experience sensations in your body such as heat or tingling, visualize colors or images, or notice old memories appear/resurface. Emotional release may also come up through crying/tearfulness or laughing. Some people fall asleep or enter a sleep-like state and experience deep relaxation. You are encouraged to keep an open mind and open heart, as people’s first time experiencing reiki can range from subtle to intense. Don’t put expectations on yourself or force yourself to relax; allow the reiki to relax you.
After the session, you may feel refreshed and energized, becoming more grounded and focused; however, you may also feel more tired in the evening than usual, an indication of the body’s natural healing response. Pay attention to what your body needs and prioritize rest and sleep as much as possible. If certain thoughts or memories repeat themselves, consider journaling or meditating on them without judgment. In order for buried emotional/mental/spiritual wounds to heal, they must first come to the surface and this often feels unfamiliar and uncomfortable for most people. For further insight or guidance, always feel free to contact the reiki practitioner with any questions or comments as you move through your process.
***For now, please email me directly if you are interested in learning reiki; taking a Reiki I, II, III, Reiki Master/Teacher class; learning about shamanic reiki; learning basic shamanic journeying. In-person classes are pending.