On the Day
Each treatment room will be different depending on factors such as the personality of the practitioner and whether the space is dedicated to Reiki or also used for other purposes. Curtains are sometimes drawn to avoid bright light and gentle music is used to help you relax. Many registered practioners will ask you to fill out a form asking, for example, details of any health issues. Companies providing insurance cover do normally require that a record of treatments is kept.
Speak out at any time during the session if you are uncomfortable in any way, for example if you want the music changed or turned off or if you need a tissue. It is your time to relax so make sure everything is as right for you as it possibly can be.
How Reiki is administered
The following are described as the classic hand positions used during Reiki. Although I have not labelled them in that way, if you aware of them, mostly they correspond to the chakra centres. Practioners will frequently vary or amend them to suit a recipient's needs but they give a good idea as to what you might expect. Usually practitioners start at the head and work down to the feet. Most treatments will take place with the client on their back but occasionally, there might be a need to work on the back. Not all practitioners work in the same way. It is usual to rest hands gently on the client whilst healing but some practioners hold their hands a few centimeters away throughout.
Treatment can vary following scanning but hand placements will often start with your crown on top of your head, working down to the forehead and above the eyes; hands cupped over ears; throat with hands resting on collar bone; solar plexus; abdomen; hips and pelvic area; lower limbs and feet.
Consultation - Free
£25 per treatment
(Practioners are usually only to pleased to try to help where they can. Charges are recommended practice by reiki associations to put a value on treatment. On a practical level practitioners have to pay for their training, equipment, insurance and, if they are affiliated, their federation fees. Some practioners also have to meet the cost of their business accommodation.)
Both the provider and recipient of Reiki energy will be likely to sense the Reiki energy during the session. The recipient should try to relax and not worry about whether or not they sense energy flows during the treatment. It is the practitioner who needs to detect the energy and whether or not there are blockages by using one or more of the techniques as shown below.
Using hands: during a Reiki session, the practitioner’s hands not only transmit spiritual energy but also receive certain information from the recipient which gives the practitioner feedback on where to treat and when to stop.
With intuition: practitioners usually sense a person’s energy levels when passing their hands over and above the body. This provides a guide in sensing any energy disruptions.
With a crystal pendulum: some practitioners use a pendulum as a diagnostic tool to check for energy blockages.
At the end of the session
Over-thinking a session can be counter productive. Overall it is helpful to be generally accepting of the experience. And whilst it is not the function of Reiki to diagnose medical conditions, clients will often wish to talk a little about their experience before they leave. Whatever might be discussed during a treatment, clients have an entitlement to expect absolute confidentiality.
Recipients, more often than not, report feelings of wellbeing and relaxation. However, Clients can experience any one or more of the following:
Drifting off - It quite common for recipients to feel so relaxed that they feel sleepy or even fall asleep. As sleep is a natural healing state, treatment just continues and is still as effective. Or you can 'drift off' in to a dreamy state, similar to that which occurs in deeper meditation.
Localised physical sensations - It is quite usual to feel sensations of heat especially in the area where the practitioner's hands are placed. Other sensations experienced can include tingling, slight numbness and heaviness.
Release - This occasionally shows as sudden body movement, coughing or crying. All are signs of physical or emotional tension being released.
Colours and Shapes - In the mind's eye, it is quite common for particular colours are seen - sometimes accompanying moving abstract shapes or patterns.
Images - Images or their outline.
Memories - Memories when they come up are almost always long forgotten ones. They may be treasured or relate to situations that the client is now ready to deal with.
The sensations are only described because they could happen and it is better to be aware. To feel sensation is not a necessary part of receiving Reiki, but if you do, it is not a cause for any concern. To get the best from sessions, clients should relax and not try to anticipate what might happen. Just enjoy.
And, just a reminder, reiki is complementary to, and not an alternative for conventional medicine.
WHAT COULD YOU EXPECT DURING A REIKI TREATMENT
Finding a practitioner
You can book Reiki treatments with me through the Contacts Page. I work from my home near Southend-on-Sea (as pictured on the 'About' page) or the links I have provided will help with finding someone else, perhaps closer to you. It is about you being comfortable. Therapy directories on the internet and the local press are useful resources although a good recommendation from a relative or friend about somebody they have already visited is invaluable.
The best way to find out about Reiki is to try it. First time clients can be rather nervous. Quite often, they don't know what to expect and even may have had an uncomfortable experience with other therapies. So let us get some common misconceptions out of the way. Reiki is not a massage therapy. Often Reiki practitioners are experienced in other fields and might suggest therapies which they could provide to compliment Reiki. Sometimes, bodywork and energy work can be a winning combination. But with Reiki, the practioner only needs to lightly touch the recipient. There is no need to undress as Reiki works perfectly well through clothing.
A Reiki treatment usually takes about half an hour and an hour. The practitioner’s hands are placed lightly in different places on the head and body (or held slightly above) for a short while in each position. The responses during treatment may vary considerably. Some clients experience heat from the practitioner’s palms and they themselves might feel localised hot, cold or tingly sensations as the Reiki flows through them. Certain parts of the body might feel cold especially after the practitioner’s hands have moved away to the next position. Usually the recipient feels very peaceful during treatment and it is not unknown for clients to drift off to sleep and have to be gently awakened at the conclusion. There are occasions when it is difficult for recipients to lie on a couch and treatment might be given sitting in a chair.
Sometimes clients can become quite emotional as the Reiki begins to work. Other people have different experiences some of which are described in the end section of this page. All are perfectly normal reactions caused by energy blockages being released.
In the next section, illustrations are provided to show the classic sequence of the original hand positions as used by a majority of Reiki practitioners. The use of all or some of the hand positions is very much dependent on the practitioner’s intuition. If at any time you don’t feel comfortable with any of the hand placements just say. I feel sure that this would also not cause other practitioners any embarrassment. At least, by showing the classic positions, clients are aware in advance what is likely