WHAT HAPPENS DURING A REIKI SESSION
1) You will be asked to fill out an “intake/permission to treat” form before the session begins. The session begins with a dialogue between the practitioner and the receiver beforehand as to why you have come in for a session, and you are given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about Reiki.
2) A tissue is placed over the eyes at the beginning of the session to act as a hygienic barrier between the practitioners hands and the receivers eyes, as the first hand position is over the eyes, It also helps to filter out the light in the room which helps one to go more inward so that they relax more deeply.
3) Reiki is always professionally performed with the client (receiver) lying on a massage table fully clothed, under a sheet and/or blanket (your temperature and blood pressure will drop and you might get chilled).
4) A Reiki Practitioner is a channel or conduit for the energy only. They are not pushing anything into the body of the receiver they are working on, or manipulating their energy in any way. They simple connect the receiver to the source of Reiki (the Divine or Universal Life Force Energy [ULFE] depending on your view point), so that they can pull it down from Source and use it to heal themselves through the practitioner. The receiver is totally in charge of whatever happens during the session, therefore Reiki Practitioners do not call themselves “healers” as they are only the conduit or channel for the energy to flow through.
5) Reiki Practitioners place their hands in prescribed hand positions called “holds” during the session that correspond to all the major systems of the body (digestive, nervous, circulatory, etc.). These positions also cover the seven major chakras and all the organs of the body. The practitioner will also cover any area/s of concern that the receiver has come to them for help with. Reiki practitioners do not touch in private areas, they work in the energy field above the area/s. Those who are very intuitive may place their hands where they are guided to do so, not just follow a rote system of placement.
6) You might experience tingling, pulsing, or swirling energy in your hands or feet while having a Reiki session. Also you may feel these sensations where the practitioners hands are, or in other parts of your body other than where their hands are. Reiki is an intelligent energy, it knows where to go and what to do. If the practitioners hands are on your shoulders, but you need the energy also in your heart center or abdomen for example, it will go there too.
7) The receiver may experience a “Block Release” during a Reiki session. A knot of trapped negative emotions is being released (melted) by the heat of the Reiki energy out of their body or energy field. When this happens the practitioner’s hands get very hot and they may break out in a sweat. When I am facilitating a Reiki session for someone and this happens, I was taught to do a form of breathing called “Pranic breathing” to help release the block, while having the intention that whatever is being released goes to the light for transmutation.
8) The receiver may experience “tension releases” as little jerks, jumps, or twitches in the muscles of the body. This is Reiki’s way of releasing tension from the muscles of the body. This is much more common than a Block Release or an Emotional Release.
9) The receiver may experience an “emotional release” during the session, most commonly expressed as tears. This could be a single tear just flowing down out of one eye, or a stream of tears running down the sides of the face, or full out sobbing. The percentage of my clients who have had a full out emotional releases is so small that I feel it is a very unusual occurrence. Other things that can happened during an emotional release are someone laughing or getting angry, both of which are EXTREMELY rare!
10) If the receiver has some intuitive abilities, even if they aren’t aware of them, they may “see” colors floating by behind their closed eyes.The colors floating by may appear as a kind of kaleidoscope or lava lamp affect (many describe it as what an aurora borealis looks like). Some say the colors represent the different frequencies or vibrations of the Reiki energy coming in to do whatever is needed in the area (or other parts of the body). Others feel they represent the different Archangels that have come in to assist the practitioner at that time in the area. Not everyone will see them, and the practitioner, if they are Intuitive, will probably be “seeing” different colors other than what the receiver is seeing (I do).
11) It is very common for the receiver to become very relaxed and sleepy during a Reiki session, and to fall into a deep meditative state called “Reiki Slumber” – a very good thing! We know when this happens that deeper healing is taking place.
12) If the practitioner is an Intuitive, they may have been given information (guidance) for the receiver during the session from their Spirit Guides, Archangels, Angels, and other enlightened beings who work in concert with them during the session The information they receive is shared when the session is over (if the receiver is open to that). Not all Reiki practitioners are Intuitives. You do not have to be an Intuitive to be Reiki, and Reiki will not give you this gift/talent.
13) AFTER YOUR SESSION: Reiki sessions release toxins just like a massage, so it is advised that you drink extra fluids (we highly recommend water) for the next 48 to 72 hours after having a Reiki session to help move things along. Some people report that they can feel the energy working on them for hours, days, even weeks after a session. It is very common for someone who has had a Reiki session to sleep better the night of the session than they have in awhile, and perhaps have vivid dreams, or the answer to a long standing question might be revealed to them in a dream. I have had several clients report that their sleeping pattern has been reset and they now sleep longer and better than they have in a very long time.
14) It is customary to tip your Reiki practitioner just like you would a massage therapist, or anyone else who provides a service to you. How much you tip is up to you and of course at your discretion.
MY CANCELLATION POLICY: 24-hour notice is required if you are unable to make your appointment. Failure to do so will result in your being responsible for paying for the session in full.