What is Reiki?

The term Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) consists of two Japanese words: 
Rei, meaning Universal, and Ki, meaning Life Force Energy.

Reiki is a form of healing where universal life force energy is channeled through the practitioner to the recipient, helping to harmonize body, mind and spirit. Most commonly, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner's hands placed and held on a series of locations on or above the body.

There are many wonderful benefits of Reiki. It is a very simple process that often produces profound effects. The main purpose of Reiki is to promote a positive mind and healthy body, leading to a more joyful life. Reiki works directly on restoring balance on all levels, rather than just masking or relieving symptoms.

The great thing about Reiki is that you do not have to be ill to experience the benefits. It is something that we can incorporate into our lives to promote balance and wellness.

Reiki Benefits

• Aids better sleep
• Helps relieve pain
• Accelerates healing
• Promotes creativity
• Increases energy levels
• Creates deep relaxation
• Reduces blood pressure
• Dissolves energy blocks
• Assists the body in detoxing
• Supports the immune system
• Helps release stress & tension
• Compliments medical treatment
• Clears the mind & improves focus
• Helps spiritual growth & emotional cleansing
• Promotes natural balance between mind, body & spirit

During the Session

During a typical Reiki session, you will lay comfortably on a treatment table in a relaxing environment. I will place my hands on or near places on your body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the chest, the stomach, legs and feet. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki is needed at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.

What Does
Reiki Feel Like?

The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. Reiki works like a thermostat that regulates the body. The energy flows slowly or rapidly as needed to deliver balancing energies, similar to a furnace that automatically turns on and off to regulate the temperature.

These fluctuations of ki energy churning within us can often be felt as tingling, waves, heat or coolness, throbbing, vibrational buzzing or electrical sparks. Some people experience seeing colours and shapes. I have had people report bursting into tears, having uncontrollable laughter or simply falling asleep. Some people feel nothing at all. There is no wrong response, as Reiki is being received and working either way.

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.

What is Distance Reiki?

Reiki energy is non-local, which means that it isn’t fixed in any particular time or place. This allows a practitioner to send Reiki to a person who is physically distant. Recipients can benefit from the healing process even if they are unable to be present due to distance or illness.

How to Prepare
for a Distance Reiki Session

A Distance Reiki Session will take about one hour. You and I will schedule a time. Ideally, during this time you are able to sit or lay down in a quiet place and rest, relax or meditate. Wear comfortable clothing and turn off your phone. Listen to some soft music if you like.

If you are unable to get some quiet time, or if you are interrupted, don’t worry. Reiki energy will still be sent and do what it is meant to do for your highest good.

After the Session

Reiki is very cleansing, so make sure to drink lots of water and/or non-caffeinated herbal tea and stay hydrated. If time allows, an epsom salt bath is very soothing and can help with releasing toxins. 

Similiar to the effects of other detoxifying modalities (massages, cleanses), you may feel a little sleepy, but this will soon pass. Some people feel energized right away. 

Besides the immediate experience of the Reiki, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the day goes on, such as better digestion, a release of tension in the body, helpful insights or beneficial dreams.

Reiki is cumulative and even people who don't notice much the first time usually have progressively deeper experiences if they continue. Each session is different and deeper than the one before.