WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki is a complementary therapy that involves encouraging a healthy flow of energy in the body to lower stress and promote healing. Reiki can improve mood and emotional well-being. Reiki can also reduce stress and increase relaxation. Promote better sleep, and improve insomnia symptoms. For people undergoing surgery or with cancer, lower blood pressure, anxiety, and pain rates.
Reiki is a form of energy healing that originated in Japan in the early 20th century. It's based on the idea that we all have an unseen “life force energy” that flows through our bodies, according to the International Center for Reiki Training. A Reiki practitioner gently moves her hands just above or on the client’s clothed body, with the intention of reducing stress and promoting healing by encouraging a healthy flow of energy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy. Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A SESSION
Reiki sessions vary in length, but they often last between 60 and 90 minutes (per the IARP). You’ll spend the entire session lying fully clothed on a treatment table (this looks like a standard massage table), but if you’re pregnant or otherwise can’t lie flat, you may be more comfortable sitting in a recliner. I recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing for your session. Avoid wearing anything tight or restrictive. Dress in layers in case you get too warm or cool during the session. During the session, the practitioner will place his or her hands lightly on or near your body in a series of hand positions, including positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and the feet, as well as other positions depending on the client’s needs. Each hand position is held for roughly 3 to 10 minutes, depending on what the client needs in each position. Typically there’s very little talking at the time of the treatment to allow for full relaxation. Expect to feel deeply relaxed and content during the session. You’ll likely daydream, and you may even fall into a light sleep. Personal experiences and sensations can vary widely depending upon the individual and each session.
At the end of each session, there will be time for a reflection and compassionate discussion if desired.