What should i expect during my Reiki session?
The first appointment will last for approx 90 minutes, it will start with a consultation and the i will take down some details from you and discuss how you are feeling on a physical and emotional level and to establish what you are hoping to gain from the session. Any information is held in strict confidence.
I will go through everything I'm going to do throughout the treatment, explaining where i place my hands, to the feelings you may experience. This is also a good time if you have any questions.
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. 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. Blankets will be provided so that you are kept warm throughout the treatment. You may choose to have relaxing music to make you feel more at ease, or you may prefer complete silence. You will be asked to turn mobile phones off.
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.
A treatment will normally last for approx 45 minutes - 1 hour.
Hands are placed on or just above the body starting at the head, touching specific areas called chakras, places in the body where the energy flows through. 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. 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 most the effects are immediate while others may not notice anything for a few days. Reiki always works, and the more open you are 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.
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, such as additional support under your knees or a blanket. 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. 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" , When this happens, a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to speak to me and i may recommend another session straight away. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process everyone's reaction is different.
It is recommended, as with all alternative therapies, that you drink plenty of water over the next few days following a treatment as toxins that have been stored in the body will be released.
How much Reiki will I need?
You may be able to feel a difference after just one Reiki treatment, however everyone is different and sometimes depending on what needs releasing However, a course of treatments will prolong this, and be more effective, 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.
Reiki is a very useful treatment in that it is suitable for everyone, regardless of age or level of health. It is a natural form of healing and can be used to help restore a feeling of balance, alignment and relaxation. You should feel calmer, more peaceful and in control, giving a more positive outlook on all aspects of life.
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.