During a Reiki session you can expect that:
- You will sit or lie comfortably, fully clothed while the practitioner places her hands gently on or near different areas of your body. Touch is always light and respectful.
- Your experience will be individualized according to what you need at that particular point in time. Your experience is unlikely to be like your friend’s or like the session that you just read about in a popular magazine. Each person has their own unique pattern of imbalances and blockages, based on their particular personality type and life experiences. Therefore, you may just feel as if you’ve experienced a particularly relaxing meditation (without any effort on your part). You may also feel sensations of heat or cold, tingling, vibration or pulsation or a combination of these, or none of these.
- Because you may process Reiki on an emotional as well as a physical level, you experience a strong release of emotions (I cried fairly often when receiving my first Reiki treatments). This can be disconcerting if you are unaware that this is a possibility. Once released, the body can begin a process of recovery which will be aided by additional treatments. In the case of significant emotional issues, you should consult the appropriate registered health care professional. Reiki Practitioners do not practice psychotherapy or prescribe drugs.
- Although there are always exceptions, it is unlikely that a single Reiki treatment will effect complete physical and/or emotional healing. Systemic imbalances and blockages generally accumulate over a period of time. It, therefore, takes successive treatments at regular intervals to address such issues. While the practitioner may suggest a particular course of treatments, only you can decide what is right for you. However, It is important to learn to listen to your body and book your appointment before a major issue develops. I have been receiving Reiki treatments for over 10 years. Initially, I tried to book appointments monthly whenever time and finances permitted. Currently, I practice self-treatment on a daily basis and visit my practitioner a few times a year as a treat or in the event of a major life event (e.g. death in the family, move, retirement). The physical pain (inflamed hip, low back and feet) and chronic anxiety that prompted my initial visits are for the most part currently non-issues.
- Reiki may not effect a “cure” in the sense of removal of a disease. However, Reiki is wonderfully supportive and can effect “healing” on many levels. My mother who eventually died from diseased lungs greatly enjoyed her Reiki treatments and always credited them with her 5 year survival after stage 4 lung cancer and no chemo or radiation. Reiki certainly eased her transition and allowed my sisters and I to feel that we could “do something” despite our grief at her deteriorating condition in the Palliative Room.
- Reiki may not be the only thing you need for your particular issue. However, it works well to complement any other alternate or conventional treatment that you may be receiving. It can do no harm because it is gentle and non-invasive. More and more, conventional medical practitioners (doctors, chiropractors, psychologists, etc.) are taking Reiki training or making referrals to Reiki practitioners in order to wholistically address the needs of their patients. I personally regularly practice self-Reiki, yoga and qi gong and visit my doctor, massage therapist, physiotherapist, etc. as needed.
- Your friends may be skeptical when you tell them the benefit you have received from such a simple practice. Just tell them scientists do not yet understand the mechanism by which Reiki works. However, the benefits are real. The best way to understand Reiki is to experience a treatment.