Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the benefits of Reiki?
A: Reiki is versatile and treatment can be given to anyone, anywhere, whether hands-on in person, or distantly. Reiki treatment has been found to be helpful for many of the following issues:anxiety, depression, stress relief, recovery from illness, releasing addiction, pain, discomfort and other palliative care, rehab after injury or surgeryi, nsomnia, digestive issues, grieving, especially in death and dying issues, fertility issues, major life transitions, immune disorders, side effects from cancer treatment, including nausea and fatigue, as well as increasing overall well-being and happiness
Q: What happens during a Reiki Treatment**?
A: A typical Reiki treatment lasts approximately 60 minutes, but length of treatment may vary according to the needs and wants of the recipient. Recipients lay fully clothed on a massage table (covered in a blanket if they choose, usually listening to soothing music,) however, seated sessions are also common. Because it is so adaptable, Reiki treatment can also be given to people in wheelchairs as well as those in a hospital setting or under palliative care. Most Reiki practitioners will ask their client to remove their shoes, and commonly belts and jewelry as well, for the comfort of both practitioner and recipient. A Reiki practitioner will place their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment in a series of hand positions, including the head, arms, hands, body, legs, and feet. Each position will typically be held for a few minutes, but sometimes a practitioner may linger a little in those areas that need extra Reiki attention before moving on to the next position. Please know that safe touch should be practiced at all times, and a seasoned practitioner will usually be able to sense what is or is not appropriate touch for you, however be sure to tell your practitioner if you are uncomfortable at any time.
Q: What does Reiki feel like?
A: Everyone experiences Reiki in their own unique way, however most people report feeling profoundly relaxed after a session. Reiki generally feels like a gentle warmth, but some people also report that Reiki feels like a pulsing, tingly, or even wave-like sensation. Some people see colors or experience a sudden remembrance of traumas long passed, while others feel nothing at all. Be assured that Reiki helps us to regain our health and restore us to a balanced state on all levels, physical, mental, and/or emotional, whether we feel it working or not. It is also common for people to actually fall asleep during a treatment. After the Reiki session, some people might feel a little dizzy or 'spacey.' This is normal and will pass, just be sure to take your time getting up or off the table if you feel the need. Click HERE to learn more about what to expect during a Reiki session.
Q: How many sessions do I need?
A: Just like eating right and daily exercise, the effects of repeated, regular Reiki session are cumulative. While one session can work wonders, repeated, regular Reiki treatments can change your life in the most profound way. Whether in restoring our physical health, calming our minds and emotions, or just bringing us back into a balanced state, regular sessions are a helpful way to support our well being in every aspect.
Q: Can Reiki heal me?
A: According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM) Reiki is a "part of complementary and alternative medicine" and "is based on the idea that there is universal (or source) energy that supports the body's innate healing abilities." While some people have reported spontaneous 'healings' after a Reiki session, those experiences are few and far between. Most sessions simply restore the being to a relaxed and balanced enough state so as facilitate or 'jump start' the body's own natural ability to heal itself. Reiki is not a magical cure and is never intended to take the place of professional, medical care, but is instead a powerful tool to support the overall wellness of the individual.
Q: Can anyone learn Reiki?
A: ANYONE of ANY age can learn Reiki. The practice of Reiki Ryoho (hands-on healing) is very easy to learn and is useful as a daily practice for spiritual growth as well as for self-care. The ability to self-treat is especially helpful for people experiencing health issues and to grow or deepen their spirituality. Caregivers, Doctors, and Nurses are also encouraged to learn Reiki to provide supportive, palliative touch for their patients as well as for friends, family, or their own self-care. Once trained in Reiki, you will have it for the remainder of your life to use in whichever way you choose: for self-treatment in order to maintain balance and good health; as a spiritual practice; to help out friends, family, and pets; or to become a professional practitioner, giving Reiki treatments to others. You can never lose the ability to practice Reiki and it never 'fades away.' If you are interested in learning more about Reiki, we encourage you to attend one of our Reiki Circles in order to experience it first-hand. Or if you are interested in being trained in Reiki, please click here for our list of classes.
**Reiki treatment is for the purpose of relaxation and is not intended as a substitute for qualified medical care, but may be used in conjunction with medical or therapeutic treatment. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose, prescribe or treat disease. A Reiki session is not intended to take the place of a treatment by a licensed physician.