What can you expect in a Reiki Session?
So you want to try a Reiki session but don’t know what to expect?!
At the beginning of the session I will discuss with you any specific areas you wish to be treated and then you will be asked to lay fully clothed on the treatment table, or if preferred, take a seat comfortably supported upright.
Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with my hands placed and held on a series of locations on your head and front or back of your torso. The placement of the hands will never be intrusive or inappropriate, nor will there be any pressure. If you prefer there can be no touch involved at all and I can hold my hands just off the body throughout the treatment. Additional placements on the limbs can be done as needed (for example, if there is an injury or scar), or an area you seek specific treatment.
The experience of Reiki is subjective and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner's hands, but sometimes the practitioner's hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner's hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body, you may feel a tingling sensation, slight twitching or a rumbling tummy, or you may feel absolutely nothing! People often comment how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be, and some fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state. Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward.
The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.
Reiki is cumulative and even people who don't notice much the first time usually have progressively deeper experiences if they continue.
Besides the immediate experience of the Reiki, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the day goes on: perhaps stronger digestion, a sense of being more centered and poised and less reactive, and sleeping deeply that night.
A series of sessions is most beneficial. Four sessions is a traditional recommendation and gives you time to evaluate what benefits you are receiving.
It is important to note that Reiki does not treat or diagnose.
A Reiki practitioner draws on this higher universal energy, which flows into them and out through their hands, into the person they are working with to assist in healing. The energy is not guided by the practitioner, but the energy has its own innate wisdom to guide itself, helping to free blocked energy, reducing stress, and providing relaxation. This helps to create an environment in the body that fosters healing and well being.
After the session I may provide suggestions for self-care, such as drinking plenty of water and following your body's needs. Although people typically leave a Reiki session feeling refreshed, sometimes they notice feeling more tired in the evening than usual. This is not viewed as an adverse reaction, but rather as the body's natural healing response, something to be heeded.
As with any healing-energy work it is important to be kind to yourself and listen to your body’s needs to facilitate long lasting change.
If you like the sound of what a Reiki session has to offer, get in touch with me to book a session now!