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Reiki is a healing method that was once part of ancient Buddhist tradition. It became lost and was rediscovered by Mikao Usui in the late 1800s through intense meditation, resulting in the Japanese name. Reiki taps into the limitless source of life energy and channels it through the healer to the recipient. Given the directionality of the energy, the practicitioner receives a healing as well as the client.
What to Expect During Your Session
You do not need to undress for Reiki. Simply remove your shoes and lie on the table. A blanket is provided should you get cold.
The practitioner gently rests her hands on the client's body in a series of positions, usually starting at the head and ending with the feet. These positions correspond to the major and minor chakras (or energy centers) of the body. While a gentle heat coming from the hands of the healer is expected, there is no sensation that is considered "typical." There may be physical or emotional responses to the energy. Feel free to verbally share any sensations that occur, whether it is during or after the session.
While the hands may be placed on specific areas of discomfort, the energy naturally goes to where it is needed. It has intelligence beyond our comprehension, much like your body has the capability of healing itself. Trust it to know what is best. In this way, the energy cannot make mistakes or cause harm.
Helpful psychic information may be sometimes passed to your practitioner. It may be information that you need to know or something important to the healing process. It may be mentioned either during your after your session.
Responsibilities of the Client
While the practitioner is focused on sending loving intention and creating a space for healing, the client can benefit all the more if they too consider this the focus of the session. True healing cannot occur if the client is passively involved in his/her healing and growth. It is a collaborative effort. While the practitioner may send the energy (and only with permission), it is up to the client to receive it or not. It is also helpful to discuss with your practitioner the goals of the session, so that you are both working towards a similar result.
After the session, there is no rush to get up right away. Take your time and wait until you are ready to move.
Make sure to take note and do not resist any new sensations or changes you experience during or after your session. A relaxed or altered state can be felt for as long as three days after a session has take place.
Experience openness, allow space for love, and develop your intuition!
Possibilities to Reflect On
Sessions can also be performed without the practitioner present, in the form of a distance healing.
While it is beneficial to have a singular sesion with your practitioner, as with other alternative therapies, as chiropractic, massage therapy, and acupuncture, routine maintenance is best. In addition, some ailments may require more than one session to be fully healed.