Reiki therapy can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. This is especially true if it is your first time at it. Many have heard good things about Reiki from people who have done it, but are undecided in trying it for themselves.
Everyone should know that this form of therapy is a simple, safe, and natural method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that can be practiced anytime. You have to understand Reiki in order to appreciate what it does, starting with Reiki hand positions.
Reiki Hand Positions
Reiki energy automatically flows, with the simple act of placing the hands on oneself. Reiki is conducted with the touch of a practitioner’s hands, which is based on the concept that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. This is why proper hand positioning is important.
There are generally two sets of hand positions used in Reiki therapy depending on the branch of Reiki that the practitioner is trained in. The practitioner can either follow a set pattern of hand positions or use his or her intuition on placing the hands.
Overview Of Reiki
The concept of Reiki believes in using “universal life form energy” for therapy and treatment. This is a limitless form of energy that is all around us and it is the practitioner who serves as a “bridge” between the recipient and this energy. The energy centers, also known as “chakras”, are opened to enable the person to channel higher amounts of universal life form energy.
Why Reiki Therapy?
Many recipients of Reiki commonly assume that Reiki is meant to cure whatever illness they have.
Just to set the correct expectations, this form of therapy is not meant to treat any specific illnesses. With Reiki serving as a tool to create better health, the following is what to expect when you attend a session:
- You’ll feel more relaxed.
- You’ll feel negative emotions like stress, anxiety, and fear leaving your body.
- Relief of minor pains.
- Improvement of the digestion system.
So why undergo Reiki therapy?
The reason is because Reiki has positive long-term effects. If stress is relieved, you can prevent or lessen the effects of diseases like heart issues. It can also help those with psychological issues since it is able to remove fear and anxiety. A healthy digestive system can also lead to better well-being. Minor pains can also be relieved which will improve your day to day life.
Also, since Reiki is known as therapy, it is a good option for those who have recently gone through surgery. This is because Reiki complements Western medicine. It is a therapeutic alternative that can help hasten the healing process.
Before The Treatment
The practitioner may ask you a few questions. This is especially important if he or she is trained in other practices. In addition, he or she will explain the process to you so you know what to expect. At this point, it’s a good idea to ask questions before therapy starts. You can even ask about hand placements so you are aware of what is being treated.
What Happens In A Therapy Session?
The session will take place in a room with a pleasant ambience, which comes probably with a massage table. It’s important that the ambience is relaxing because meditation will take place. In fact, the session will usually start with a meditation session so it’s a good idea to try and clear your mind on your way to the session to enhance the healing process. On that note, the practitioner may use meditation tools like running water, meditative music and scents, etc.
You should also expect to be touched lightly on the areas of your body that need healing, or light tapping. Some practitioners may also blow on specific areas of your body. On the other hand, there are therapists who will just hold their hands over your body. Although physical contact is not really necessary for treatment, touching is still done for best results. Additionally, a practitioner may blow on areas which can’t be touched like open wounds.
You don’t have to worry because a trained practitioner knows how to be appropriate during Reiki therapy even when there is body contact involved. You should not feel that anything inappropriate is going on.
What People Experience During Reiki
Experiences during Reiki have often been subjective.
They may often experience heat in the practitioner’s hands, but sometimes the hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are gentle pulsations where the practitioner’s hands are placed or waves of pulsations throughout the recipient’s body. People often feel comfort after a Reiki treatment. It is common for people to feel that they are in between a state of consciousness, and being aware of their surroundings yet simultaneously feeling relaxed.
Some people will fall into a deep, sleepy state. The experience of Reiki can be dramatic for some while for others it is uneventful, although they somehow feel better afterward. The most common feeling reported is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.
Reiki can be a cumulative experience as people who don’t notice much the first time have progressively deeper experiences as they continue. Besides various experiences of Reiki, people may notice other changes that occurs as the day progresses, such as enhanced digestion, a sense of being more centered and poised, and a better quality of sleep that night.
Attire For Treatment
The session is expected to be very comfortable and relaxing so it is a must that you wear loose and comfortable clothing. Leave jewelry at home as you will likely be asked to remove them during the treatment. Your clothes will be kept on during the session, although the therapist may ask you to loosen your belt.
Schedule A Therapy Session Now!
Consider yourself prepared for Reiki at this point in time. It’s time for you to schedule a Reiki therapy session to experience its benefits!