During treatment, the recipient lies fully clothed upon a Reiki table or in a chair, while the
practitioner gently places his or her hands in various positions around the recipient's head,
shoulders, back, torso, legs and feet. Each position is held for about three to five minutes.
The practitioner may also do energy work in the recipient's aura. The Reiki energy enters the
practitioner's crown chakra (top of the head) and flows through the body, exiting through
his/her hands and into the body of the recipient.
What does a Reiki treatment feel like?
Reiki feels absolutely wonderful! But to accurately describe a Reiki session in words is quite
difficult, since it is a unique experience for every individual. Reiki often feels like soothing heat,
which penetrates deep into the body. Sometimes it may feel cold or you may feel a tingling
sensation. A Reiki treatment is profoundly relaxing for both the practitioner and recipient.
During treatment most people feel a great sense of peace and well-being, along with sensations
of lightness and relaxation. The Reiki energy itself is most often felt as a soft heat, emanating
from the hands of the practitioner, and flowing in gentle waves throughout the recipient's
body. Many people drift into alternate or dream-like states of consciousness during treatment,
and some have been known to fall asleep! Profound effects are not uncommon. At the end
of the treatment, both practitioner and recipient feel refreshed and revitalized, with a more
positive outlook upon their lives, themselves, and the world around them.
What can be treated with Reiki?
Reiki has a positive impact upon all illness and negative conditions. It is a powerful, yet gentle,
form of energy healing. In its long history of use it has aided in the healing of virtually every
known illness, injury or imbalance. Any problem involving body, mind or spirit can benefit from a
Who can learn Reiki?
Quite simply, anyone. Reiki is taught in a unique way that differs from the way in which most
healing arts are learned. The ability to channel Reiki is simply passed from a Reiki Master to
his or her student during an attunement process. Because of this, virtually anyone can learn
Reiki. The ability to work with Reiki is not dependent on intellectual capacity or spiritual
development. One does not need to be able to meditate. Of course the longer one works with
Reiki, the more developed one's abilities become. But the ability to learn Reiki is inherent in
What is the Attunement?
The Reiki attunement is a process by which the Reiki Master transfers the ability to channel
Reiki to his or her student. The attunement opens the student's crown, heart and palm charkas
(the body's energy centers). This creates a permanent energetic link between the student and
the Reiki source. During the attunement, the Reiki Master channels a form of high-frequency ki
that makes adjustments to the student's own energy system. After the attunement, the student
is able, instantly, to channel Reiki.
Is it possible for a Reiki practitioner to do self-treatments?
Yes. One of the advantages of Reiki is that it works just as well on the practitioner as it does
on the recipient. Self-treatments are beneficial and deeply relaxing... they are definitely to be
Does Reiki deplete one's personal energy?
On the contrary! Because Reiki is a channelled form of healing, the practitioner's personal
energy is never depleted. The Reiki source provides the practitioner with an infinite amount of
healing energy, and Reiki is beneficial to both the practitioner and the recipient of the
treatment. In fact, most practitioners feel revitalized after giving a treatment. I know for a fact
that I certainly do!
Is Reiki complementary with medical or psychological treatment?
Absolutely. Reiki is a gentle and non-invasive form of healing. You can continue to receive
regular medical or psychological treatment while receiving Reiki. In fact, Reiki will help improve
the results of any medical treatment you may be undergoing, often reducing pain and stress,
shortening healing time, and creating a sense of optimism.
NOTE: Although Reiki is a wonderful healing modality which works in conjunction with any and all other
healthcare practices one may be using, it is not meant to, nor does it replace, medical care. If you have a
medical or psychological condition and would like to be treated with Reiki, it is recommended that you do
so under the supervision of an enlightened health care professional.
Do all healers use Reiki?
All healers work with Ki, or life energy, but Reiki is unique. It is a special frequency of healing
energy that, in all but the most exceptional of circumstances, can only be channelled by
someone who has undergone the experience of Reiki attunement.
Healers who have never taken a Reiki class can benefit from doing so. Many people who
already do healing work report a dramatic increase in the strength of their own healing energies
after undergoing Reiki training.
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