Reiki FAQ

What can be treated with Reiki?

Reiki can have a positive affect on all forms of physical, psychological, emotional, or spiritual illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, depression, and so on. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post-operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Most people experience stress reduction along with some improvement in their physical and psychological condition.

Do I have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist to receive a Reiki treatment?

No. I consider Reiki a complementary form of healing.  Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If you have a medical or psychological condition, you should see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including medications, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.

How is a Reiki treatment given?

In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands (my hands) into you, the client. You are usually lying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while you are in a hospital bed, seated or even standing. You remain fully clothed. I place my hands on or near your body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, legs, back, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on your needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki you need at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts about an hour.

What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

What you experience during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. However, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds the them. As the Reiki energy encourages you to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings, you experience a state of peace and well-being. Some people drift off to sleep or report floating outside their bodies or have visions and other mystical experiences. At the end of the treatment, you feel refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.

Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?

Most of the time you will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body are released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is a good sign.

Is it safe for pregnant woman?

Since Reiki is guided by the Higher Power, the Reiki energy will know the condition of the client and adjust appropriately. Reiki can only do good. Many pregnant women have received treatments with great benefit to them and their unborn child. It has also been used during child birth.

What about babies and children?

Babies and children love Reiki. It is very healthy for them. Do not worry about it being too strong. Reiki automatically adjusts to what the child needs.

Can you treat animals or plants?

Animals love Reiki too. They seem to have a natural understanding of Reiki energy and its benefits. Once a pet has received a Reiki treatment, it will often let you know that it wants more. Plants also respond well to Reiki.

Where does Reiki energy come from?

Reiki energy is a subtle energy. It is different than electricity or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy. Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical world we are familiar with. The source of Reiki energy is within ourselves. This does not mean that we use our personal energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a transcendental part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy.

Is Reiki a religion?

Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. You are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs you may have. You are free to continue believing anything you choose and are encouraged to make your own decisions concerning the nature of your religious practices.

I have heard that Reiki can be sent to others at a distance. How does this work?

The practitioner can send Reiki energy to you no matter where they are. You could be hundreds of miles away, but it makes no difference. The Reiki energy will go to you and treat you.  If you are interested in a distance treatment, we can set up a time.

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