What happens during a Reiki Treatment?

25th August 2011

Quite aside from the question “what is Reiki?”, I am often asked what happens during a Reiki treatment. I send people information which explains this and I have copied some of that information below.

Q. What happens during a Reiki treatment?

A. In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the client’s body in a series of hand positions – it is not necessary to touch the client for the treatment to be effective. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the client’s needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 60 minutes, although this will vary according to the requirements of the individual.

Q. What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

A. What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person.  Some people may not feel anything at all, other than a state of relaxation. Others may feel changes of temperature or a profound sense of well-being flowing through them. As the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state of peace and well-being is experienced. Some even drift off to sleep. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.  It is possible that symptoms of an illness, for example pain or nausea, may intensify in the period shortly after the treatment. This is because the Reiki energy is accelerating the body’s healing mechanisms and so increases the surface symptoms. If you experience any discomfort during a treatment make sure you mention it!

Q. What can be treated with Reiki?

A. As a complementary therapy, Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as more serious illnesses.  Most people experience an improvement in their overall sense of well-being, reflected in their physical and psychological condition.

Q. Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment?

A. No. Reiki works as a complement to and in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to your decision to receive Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.

Q. Will a Reiki treatment solve all my health problems?

A.  A Reiki treatment will not magically solve all your health problems all on its own. The purpose of a Reiki treatment is to support your body’s own natural healing mechanisms, and as such is an excellent complement.

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