What should i expect during my Reiki session?
Your Reiki session will take place in a private, comfortable and relaxing treatment room, where you will be asked to lie on your back on a massage table, or it can be given sitting in a chair if this is more comfortable, please let me know in advance if you prefer a chair to sit on. You will remain fully clothed but it is important to wear loose comfortable clothing, you will be asked to remove shoes and jewellery, except your wedding ring.
Please come wearing a face covering, this will need to remain on throughout your session and only removed once you leave the therapy room.
As i'm unable to provide blankets at this time, please can i ask you bring your own, you may not need it but sometimes you can start to feel cold when lying still for a period of time.
Please bring your own refreshments with you as well.
A healing treatment is usually very relaxing and can be a opportunity for emotional release, a chance to talk, or you may simply fall asleep. Please make sure your mobile phones are switched off or put onto silent . A session will last 45 - 60 minutes.
Hands are placed on or just above the body starting at the head, touching specific areas called chakras. These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body, there are seven major chakras that I will concentrate on ( see diagram below ) . Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy flows are restricted. This is where Reiki can help, each hand position is held for normally 3-5 minutes, but sometimes it may be for longer if the need for energy is greater at that point. I work by feeling/seeing any blockages. This is never intrusive and you will begin to feel very relaxed as you allow the energy to flow to the areas where it is most needed by your body. It is at this stage that people usually begin to feel the stress lifting. It is a remarkable experience and for some the effects are immediate while others may not notice anything for a few days to even a week later. For other individuals, the healing process takes place over time, much like peeling an onion but in a non-linear somewhat cyclical fashion. Reiki facilitates peeling away the layers of each issue, bringing our buried or blocked “stuff” to the surface for healing then allowing for periods of integration until the healing is complete. Also, this peeling away process often occurs because the original issue or symptom is often rooted in multiple aspects of person (mind, body, emotions, and/or spirit) and therefore requires unraveling and re-patterning on all levels of the energy field. Reiki always works, the more open you are and the stronger your belief system is the more intense your experience will be. Halfway through the treatment you will be asked to either lie on your front or on your side whichever is the most comfortable position for you, and I will then continue to work down the back. If you are having problems in specific areas I can concentrate more energy there. Reiki always goes where it is needed most whether it is mental, physical, and/or spiritual. It is not uncommon for a client to present with pain and leave with none or very little.
What will i feel during my Reiki session?
Every Reiki experience is unique to the individual receiver. There is no right or wrong to how it should feel. Some people will feel Reiki energy as heat, other as coolness or a light breeze over the body. Some people experience tingling or rippling sensations, while others feel like they are floating. Other people experience very little or nothing at all, but that does not mean its not working, most people will feel a sense of relaxation and peace. These are all perfectly normal healing sensations.
Sometimes people can experience a need to release emotions during or after a treatment. Reiki can often reawaken emotions that have been retained in the body for a while and that need to be released. Such emotions include sadness, anger or grief. This is a positive healing reaction, so feel free to release such emotions.
As the session progresses, you will feel more relaxed. If you become uncomfortable, you can adjust your position at any time, this will not disrupt Reiki in anyway. Be sure to ask for anything that will add to your comfort.This is your special time and i am there to help you. The important thing is you benefit fully from relaxation during the session.
After the treatment you will have the opportunity to ask any questions for clarity or assistance.
What happens after the session?
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. People commonly report a sense of calm and mental clarity and sleeping well after Reiki. If you decide to go on and have more treatments you will find no two healing treatments are the same.
It can take a few days for the energies to be assimilated. During this time you may feel revitalised or temporarily a little worse, a good sign that you are releasing the cause of your symptoms. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a "healing crisis" ,
The Healing crisis– A small number of individuals experience what is called a “Healing crisis” either on the Reiki table during their session or shortly after their session. It is not uncommon for individuals to suffer from detoxification reactions when they begin a program of natural healing. A healing crisis occurs when the body is expelling toxins into the different systems of the body. The healing crisis is a normal process that some individuals will often encounter on their path to getting well. The medical term for healing crisis is the “Herxheimer Reaction.” This occurs when the cells release toxins into circulation but the elimination organs (skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, bladder & GI tract) are not able to eliminate them quickly enough. The toxins remain in circulation and can effect the brain stem region leading to nausea, poor coordination, headaches, fatigue, malaise, fever, etc.
In all cases, Reiki is not the cause. The Reiki practitioner is not doing the healing, rather she is channeling life force energy which amplifies or kick-starts the client’s own natural healing abilities. All healing is self healing.
A great deal of cleansing takes place during a Reiki session.. For many of us, old injuries, illnesses, emotional wounds, traumatic events, and/or environmental pollutants (i.e. collectively known as “toxins”) have built up on our energy system over time.
There are ways in which you can help during a healing crisis:
Rest more. Honor your body. You may feel extremely tired and lethargic. Your body and/or energetic system is healing, which takes energy. Nurture yourself with longer periods sleep, rest or several naps throughout the day.
Take a hot bath with Epsom salts you could even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil/s.
Double your water intake. Just like with a physical detox or cleanse program, it’s important to stay hydrated with water to encourage your body to flush and expel the toxins. Drinking water with a healthy squeeze of lemon may also help flush out toxins and provide nutrients and antioxidants.
The good news is that the uncomfortable feelings and sensations that accompany a healing crisis are normal and are not usually cause for concern. They are a natural result from the process of bringing, through Reiki, vital life force energy into your system. It’s nature’s way of cleansing the body, mind, emotions, and spirit, to make way for more divine love and light to be grounded into your body.
Nevertheless, if you have severe or continuing physical or emotional reactions after your session,then please do not hesitate to contact me.
How much Reiki will I need?
This varies from person to person. In general most problems will take time - healing is a process rather than an event. Acute problems generally heal faster than chronic ones and if your problem is of long standing it may require treatments over a longer period of time. You may need a number of treatments close together to start with but I will be able to create an individual treatment plan with you, and sessions may be at weekly, fortnightly or monthly intervals and adjusted over time.
Will i benefit from Reiki if i am in good health already ?
Yes. If you are in good health already, regularly reiki sessions ( about once a month ) will enhance your ability to respond to unhealthy elements in your environment and help you to handle stress, by promoting the harmonious distribution of energy.
Reiki is an excellent form of preventive medicine.