Reiki can be administered by anyone who has been attuned and has had training in Reiki I. This can be a professional practitioner, a healthcare provider, a volunteer, a friend or family member, or even you, yourself, if you have been attuned to Reiki.
What is the length of a Reiki Session?
My sessions are typically 2 hours long.
Sometimes 2hrs can be a big time commitment in our busy lives and so a colleague and I can coordinate to work together and simultaneously over a period of one hour giving Reiki. These treatments are equivalent to a 2hr session and more time efficient.
Those receiving Reiki in a hospital, hospice, nursing home, or other healthcare settings may have a shorter session (15 or 20 minutes).
What is the setting?
A quiet setting where you are not disturbed is always desirable.
What does the session consist of?
The first session will consist of a brief interview to find out what the person would like the Reiki for, to give a brief explanation of what the session will consist of, and, if the reiki is for a medical problem, to ascertain if the person has seen a doctor and what medical treatment they may be following.
The next sessions will start with a brief chat about how the person is feeling, what experiences they may have had, and to answer any questions they may have. The the actual Reiki session will start.
A complete Reiki session is offered to a fully clothed recipient who is lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably supported in a chair.
Most commonly, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner's hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. The placement of the hands should never be intrusive or inappropriate, nor should there be any pressure.
What might I experience?
"I feel very refreshed and seem to be thinking more clearly." "I think I fell asleep." "I can't believe how hot your hands got!" "I feel more relaxed than even after a massage." "My headache is gone." These are some of things people typically say after a Reiki session.
The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, sometimes very subtle and very personal.
People often experience heat, cold or a tingly sensation under the practitioner's hands. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner's hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body.
Some people fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state, some fall asleep, sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.
Reiki is cumulative and even people who don't notice much the first time usually have progressively deeper experiences if they continue. Besides the immediate experience of the Reiki, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the day or week goes on: perhaps a deep sense of being more calm, centered and less reactive, or improved sleep, clearer thought processes or more energetic. These are just some of the positives
What should I do during the session?
- Use the rest room before your session so that you are able to lie down comfortably.
- Especially if you have any shyness about being touched, ask your practitioner to show you the hand placements before starting so you are very clear what to expect.
- Let the practitioner know your needs before you start. For example, if you have trouble breathing and lying flat is uncomfortable, say so. Or mention if you have had surgery recently and don't want to be touched where the scar is still tender. If you are pregnant or have digestive complaints, it may not be feasible to lie on your stomach. Inform your practitioner.
- If you become uncomfortable or feel restless you can adjust your position at any time.
What happens after the session?
Do not expect a diagnosis, as that is not part of Reiki. Some practitioners may make common sense suggestions for after-care, such as drinking water and following your body's needs.
Although people typically leave a Reiki session feeling refreshed, sometimes they notice feeling more tired in the evening than usual. This is not viewed as an adverse reaction, but rather as the body's natural healing response, something to be heeded. People commonly report a sense of calm and mental clarity.
How many sessions should I receive?
Your practitioner may suggest a series of sessions. Four sessions is a traditional recommendation and gives you time to evaluate what benefits you are receiving. Discuss with your practitioner how best to space the sessions to suit your needs and your schedule.
In the presence of a serious health challenge, Reiki practitioners often recommend four sessions over four days. These need not be given by the same practitioner.