What will happen at my first reiki treatment?
This will consist of a brief consultation, and will aim to gain an understanding of your current health, medical history and your main symptoms of treatment. Mark will then explain the reiki process in more depth and then proceed with the reiki session.
How does Reiki work?
Reiki works or rather flows in everything through life, it is often described as an energy known in Japanese as Ki. This energy supports life and exists on a very subtle level in everything we do. A Reiki Practitioner learns how to feel this energy and so share it with others to help with health and healing.
Do I need to remove clothing for a reiki session?
No! Although a reiki practitioner uses the hands in a reiki practice, you do not need to remove any clothing. Wear loose fitting clothing that you feel comfortable and relaxed in. You will only need to remove your shoes.
How do you deliver reiki?
Reiki works on a similar principle to acupuncture and so the hands are placed on the body in certain energy points across the body.
Does reiki hurt?
No! Unlike acupuncture reiki does not use needles and is a great alternative for those with an aversion to needles. It may use the hands or fingers for light pressure but never causing any pain.
Is Reiki religious?
No! Although it may have historical roots in Japanese Shinto and Buddhism the practical and energetic therapy shared in a reiki session is universal and not of any one religion and will not contravene with your current religion or belief.
How long does a reiki session last?
This will depend on the participants needs and time constraints, but a reiki session may take anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour and 30 minutes.
What happens before a reiki treatment?
You want to feel as comfortable as possible and so choose clothing that you feel comfortable in. You will also need to remove your shoes and so if you wish you can wear socks or tights if you feel comfortable in these. You may eat before a reiki session but perhaps not a heavy meal as you will be lying down and so your stomach would be best empty or a light snack / drink.
What happens after a reiki treatment?
Most people find reiki relaxing and feel very calm after a treatment. You may also feel tired and so should ideally give yourself some time to rest. It is advisable to drink water and keep hydrated, and do not drink alcohol for several hours after a treatment. Reiki has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually self-correcting, and this is often known as a ‘reiki-cold’ or ‘healing crisis’. This means, whilst your body is adjusting to the reiki treatment you may feel worse before you get better. If you need to, make a few notes of changes and differences you notice until your next reiki treatment.
What techniques are used in typical Japanese reiki session?
When you experience a reiki treatment you may encounter some of the following techniques, these are known in Japanese as the following: Tenohira – Hands on healing, this is what you will experience when a practitioner places their hands on your body. Ki – This is the universal energy shared by the reiki practitioner in your reiki treatment. You may experience a feeling of tingling sensations throughout your body stimulated by the Ki. Ketsueki Kokan (also known as Kekko) – This is a light massage that stimulates blood circulation, ki, nerves and muscles across the body.