Here is an overview of what a Reiki session is and what you can expect before, during, and after your Reiki session.
Based on my practice and clients’ treatments from my extensive energy work studies from traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho, Qigong, Yoga, and Ayurveda.
What is a Reiki session?
Each Reiki session is unique. From your very first session to your 100th session, there is no one size fits all. Reiki is as unique and individual as every person receiving it.
We are all made of energy, and energy flows through us continuously. Even during complete outer stillness, the energy or life force is vibrantly moving within us.
A Reiki session is, in essence, working with the energy bodies, via energy healing, energy clearing, energy alignment, or a combination of all three. When the energetic bodies are brought into alignment and cleared, you create an environment where you can begin to heal yourself or promote wellness and balance in your life. By creating balance and an environment within the body that promotes healing of other ailments, sickness, and dis-ease, you will begin to heal yourself.
When we talk about energy, Qi, or prana, it can be emotional, spiritual, mental, and even physical.
There is also the energy that surrounds us. Many people call this the aura or auric field. It is the invisible (sometimes visible to certain people) field of life force emanating from our body, mind, and spirit. Often this is the first energy we feel when encountering others.
Included are the energy centers within the body. From Indian, Ayurveda medicine traditions come the seven chakras, and from traditional Chinese medicine or TCM comes the three dantians.
All of these can be used in Reiki to facilitate a peaceful, balanced state of mind, body, soul connection.
What can you do to prepare for a Reiki session?
You do not have to do anything before a Reiki session. However, to maximize the Reiki session benefits, you can prepare your mind, body, and spirit a few days beforehand.
Things like eating lighter, healthier meals, getting adequate sleep, meditating, and setting an intention for what you would like to accomplish from the Reiki session will help you cultivate a balanced environment within your body.
On the day of your visit, wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing. If you are eating before your appointment, try to allow a minimum of one to two hours before the session.
Once you arrive for your session, you will fill out an intake form with the necessary information if this is your first visit. The practitioner may include a few questions to help them determine the best way to proceed with the session, such as lying down or sitting in a chair, can aromatherapy be used, etc.
Send up prayers or meditations that the Reiki session be for your highest good!
What can you expect during a Reiki session?
As a practitioner, our goal is to make your visit peaceful, calm, and soothing as possible, with minimal distractions.
You will remain fully clothed except for being asked to remove your shoes. Based on your initial consultation, preferences, and concerns, you will be directed to either lie down on the Reiki massage table or sit down in a chair.
The room may have soft lighting, soothing music playing, and possibly a diffuser with essential oils. I offer a light sheet or light throw cover for your use and a head or neck pillow and a bolster behind the knees if you are lying down.
Again based on your preferences, the practitioner may use a light touch where appropriate or hover the hands over the body entirely.
It is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep during their Reiki sessions. It is perfectly ok and quite normal. You do not have to be awake for the Reiki to work, and if this happens, it usually means you are entirely relaxed and needed the rest.
During your session, you may feel warmth, or cold, pulsating, vibrating, or tingling, or nothing at all. Emotionally you may experience profound peace, or if you release something blocked, you may cry or laugh. There is no right or wrong way of what you may or may not experience.
On occasion, I will use tingsha bells or rattle to help disperse energy only initially or at the end of a session.
Once the session is complete, people often report feeling a deep sense of relaxation and peace. You will be allowed to take a few moments in this state before getting up, allowing the session to come to a beautiful close naturally.
What to expect after your Reiki session?
After your Reiki session, it is best to refrain from alcohol for at least a day or two. Try to drink lots of good quality water as your body may be clearing, and water helps to flush the body of impurities. Herbal teas are also wonderfully soothing after receiving Reiki.
You may experience a range of emotions, from happiness to sadness and everything in between. Again this is normal. If any feelings arise, the goal is to allow them to process without judgment. Witness them, acknowledge them, and let them go.
Try to nurture yourself for the week. Be gentle and kind to yourself, allowing for plenty of self-love. Try and eat a little healthier, get out in nature a little more, take a walk, and meditate. Journaling is a great way to track your before and after progress to keep you motivated and inspired.
Always remember you are beautiful love and light beings of energy!
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