How is Reiki different from other alternative therapies?


Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit and creates many long lasting effects that include relaxation, a balancing of the emotions and wellbeing. Recipients have reported miraculous results.


Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always has a positive results. It also works alongside other medical or therapeutic techniques to promote recovery. Anyone can give Reiki, but like everything else, the practise of and commitment to Reiki give a stronger healing result and the series of attunements leading to the Master attunement given by the Reiki teacher help to fine tune the technique of the practitioner. Reiki is the spiritual energy that surrounds us and which we have access to. Reiki is a very gentle alternative therapy where there can be no adverse effects.


What does a Rieki Session consist of?


A Reiki session is given to a fully clothed recipient who is lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably supported in a chair. Usually, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive placing of the practitioner's hands which are held on a series of locations on the head and front and sometimes back of the body including the feet. Each position is held for four to five minutes. The placement of the hands should never be intrusive and there should be no undue pressure used. Additional placements on the limbs can be done if this is relevent (for example, if there is an injury). The Reiki practitioner can hold her hands just off the body if needed (for example if the area is particularly sensitive), and some people prefer to have this method of treatment.


Where would I have my Reiki treatment?


We have a quiet Reiki room that is used solely for treatments and meditation. When making house calls it is useful to play soft music which the practitioner brings with her to create the right atmosphere. Here we play music during the session as a way of aiding relaxation but let your practitioner know if you prefer silence. There is a choice of a Reiki table to lie on with supportive cushions and blankets for extra warmth, or alternatively a comfortable chair to sit in.


What might I feel during a Reiki Session?


Reiki is most often viewed as a deeply relaxing, regenerating and healing experience, People often comment how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be. An interesting study reported that recipients frequently felt that they were hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. This deep relaxation resembles a sleeplike meditative state. Very often the heat from the practitioner's hands is noticed as having a healing effect and one which includes the easing and release of stress and tension. Besides the immediate healing experience of the Reiki treatment, you may notice other changes that you become aware of as the day progresses, such as aches and pains diminishing, of being more mindful and centred and also of having a more restful nights sleep.


What can I do during a Reiki Treatment in order to feel comfortable?


Let the practitioner know your needs before you start. For example, if you have trouble breathing and lying flat is uncomfortable, say so, a chair is just as good a place to recieve Reiki. Ask your practitioner to show you the hand placements before starting so you are very clear what to expect and if at any time you are uncomfortable and need extra support under your knees or an extra blanket please say so. It is important your Reiki session is the best experience it can possibly be for you. Because you remove your shoes for the treatment it a good idea to either wear socks or bring some for comfort although it is not necessary.


What happens at the end of a Reiki Treatment?


At the end of your treatment you will most often be gently told the session has ended and left for two or three minutes to gradually become accustomed to being more alert and in the 'here and now'. The practiticioner will offer you a glass of water and although she cannot give a diagnosis, feedback can always be given.


How many Reiki treatments should I reiceve?


After the first session you will have more of an idea of Reiki and how much it can help you. Even one treatment can have a very profound effect. Four sessions is a traditional recommendation and gives you time to evaluate what benefits you are receiving. Afterwards it is advisable to think of your long-term needs and whether you think you need the cumulative effects of Reiki with regular sessions.