So you’ve never had a Reiki session, and you’re curious…..
Whenever I tell people I am a Reiki practitioner, they often say, “cool!” or “wow” or “that’s great!”. It is often followed by, “What’s Reiki?” I have a fuller explanation on my website, but for now, let’s just say that I channel the universal energy that flows through everything and everyone (similar to The Force in Star Wars! ), and allow it to flow through me into my client. This beautiful omniscient energy helps balance your energy, removing any blockages, so that you can start your healing process. I am not healing anything. You are.
A Reiki session typically starts with a chat, so that I can answer any questions you may have about the treatment, and explain what I will be doing. I will have you fill out an intake form, which summarizes that I will not be replacing any medical care, that the Reiki session will complement any other modalities you are receiving, and that it may help by promoting a state of rest and relaxation. Removing stress is one of the first steps to promoting your own body’s immune system to “do it’s thing”.
Then you will lay down, fully clothed on my Reiki table. For the record, Reiki can be given any time, anywhere. I have given a relative Reiki while on a crowded TTC subway, in fact. By being in a relaxing setting for your treatment, however, you are more likely to be at ease and to enjoy your treatment more. I will provide any supports, cushions or cozy blankets to ensure that you are comfortable, as you will be on the table for approximately one hour. For those who cannot lay down, a comfortable chair will work equally well.
And then the session begins.
You will be laying (or sitting) with your eyes closed, and as you become more and more relaxed as the session goes on, you may even drift off to sleep. That’s okay. Actually, it is wonderful for me to see, because it means that the healing process has started, as any stress (physical or mental) leaves your body.
I allow the energy to flow through my hands and – with your permission – will lay my hands in various positions on your body. For any “private” areas or painful areas, I will hold my hands about six inches above your body. I usually start working at your head, making my way down your torso to your feet, and will then work anywhere else I am guided to, intuitively. Sometimes I will stay in one position for a long time, if I feel the energy is really flowing and needed there. Other times, I progress quite quickly.
Throughout the session, people have reported various experiences: some “see” colours, some experience muscle twitching, many say they feel heat coming from my hands. Some people merely experience a very relaxing “zoning out”. Every session is different, even with the same people. The Reiki energy goes to where it’s needed most, and on different days, that may be a different place.
When the session is over, I will instruct you to drink lots of water, as your body has been through a form of detoxification, and the water will help flush your system. You will more than likely have a “Reiki high”, as we fondly call it – a beautiful sensation of having been pampered and de-stressed.
For simple relaxation, a single session can be a great treat to yourself, one you can enjoy whenever you need to calm your mind and spirit. For more chronic pains or conditions, we can set up a few sessions to help gradually, as your body’s immune system becomes cleared and your healing can begin.
If you’re curiosity has been piqued, and you would like to try a session, I would be more than happy to set up an appointment for you. For more information about my rates and booking, please see my website.
I look forward to being of service to you!