What is Reiki?
The word Reiki is comprised of two Japanese words - Rei "ray" and Ki "kee" and translates as "spiritually guided life force energy." In its simplest terms, Reiki is a technique & practice used for stress reduction and relaxation which also promotes healing on all levels- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
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 one is more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, one is more capable of being happy and healthy.
Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that anyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during the placement process, given by a Holy Fire Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.
-An excerpt from a brief overview of Reiki, ICRT
I've had a massage but never Reiki- what's the difference?
While both Reiki and massage provide healing and relaxation, they are two very different modalities. Reiki is a form of energy work and while physical touch may be present during a treatment, massage of the muscles and tissue is not needed for it to work or to provide healing. In fact, if you are sensitive to touch, Reiki can be administered through a technique called beaming, which requires no physical contact. During a Reiki session, you will never be required to remove your clothing. Like massage, Reiki is very deeply relaxing and can remove stress and tension from your mind, body, emotions and energy field.
Is Reiki a religion?
No. While Reiki is spiritual in nature in that it provides love and compassion to the client or student, it is not a religion. It is a non-dogmatic practice and does not conflict with religious belief(s). It doesn’t matter if you are a religious person or not if you choose to receive or learn how to do Reiki. However, many people affiliated with various religions have found that it enhances their religious experience. Many people carry trauma stemming from religion and the Holy Fire Reiki energy, specifically, is able to heal this religious trauma if it is present in an individual. For answers to questions Christians might have about the practice of Reiki, please go to www.christianreiki.org
Can anyone learn Reiki?
Yes. The ability to learn Reiki is not dependent upon intellectual or spiritual understanding. The ability to learn isn’t defined by your sex, age, religious beliefs, or anything else and it doesn’t take years of practice to learn. Like martial arts, there are many levels or degrees of Reiki. One could decide to learn the first degree or go on to train at the highest of levels. Some Reiki Masters go on to teach others and some don’t. Reiki is a very personal practice and respects free will always.
What does a Reiki session feel like?
Reiki sessions can be very deeply relaxing and provide a sensation of being deeply loved and cared for. Many people experience a flow of energy or sensations moving through their body while others may feel very little. Some people experience changes of temperature while others don’t. There isn’t a wrong way to receive or experience Reiki. You don’t have to know how to meditate or even believe in Reiki for it to work. In a Reiki session, you may find that you relax deeply, fall asleep, think, or receive insight and guidance for your life. You may see colors or visions or nothing at all…or journey to a place beyond the limitations of your body. Reiki provides healing on all levels- the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Reiki never does harm and always respects free-will. I always say that the best way to understand Reiki is to experience it for yourself- and while sessions may be similar in nature, no two sessions are ever the same.
Who benefits from Reiki?
All living beings benefit from Reiki. Life force energy is what makes you alive- whether you are a human, animal or plant. When your life force energy is low, you may experience stress or illness and when your life force energy is high, you may experience feeling energized or happy. Reiki works to break up stress & tension in the body & energy field, and replaces that unhealthy energy with healthy energy, leaving the receiver feeling refreshed and at peace.
What does a Reiki session look like?
Our session begins with the filling out of a client information form and a brief check-in of your needs and how you are feeling. Reiki sessions are provided in a relaxing treatment room where the client lies face up on a Reiki table. As a respected client, you will never be asked to remove your clothing to receive a Reiki treatment and it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing to your session. You may choose to have an eye covering over your eyes to relax more deeply or to be covered with a soft blanket. Soft, relaxing music can be played in the background. Sessions can be tailored to your personal preferences for optimal relaxation. Reiki energy is channeled by the practitioner to the client through the laying on of hands, beaming and through the breath/voice and the use of various spiritual tools like crystals and feathers. Reiki treatments are offered at various session lengths. Most of my clients book 60 minute sessions while some prefer 30 or 90 minute sessions. All client information is kept confidential.
How often should I receive a Reiki treatment?
Receiving Reiki is always beneficial- adding Reiki treatments to your regular self-care regimen is recommended and will bring many blessings and peace to your life. Many of my clients book sessions regularly, while others book sessions intuitively and “as needed.” However, to ensure you are able to see me for a session at your preferred time, it is best to book your Reiki healing session in advance. There is no one-size-fits-all option for receiving Reiki treatments and I do my best to support you in your healing process. If you have a specific health issue or condition you are working to heal or recover from, you may receive the most benefit from a series of sessions. Please contact me with any questions.