What is Reiki?

Reiki (ray-key) is a form of energetic healing and similar to yoga, has different types and lineages.  The Usui or Japanese lineage of Reiki was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s and is the form that I practice.  Reiki is given by the “laying of hands” and several other techniques. 

The word “Rei” means universal and the word “Ki” means “life force”.  Therefore, Reiki translates to “universal life force.”

Is Reiki Harmful?

Reiki is light energy and will not cause harm.  It’s similar to a neutral atom and is related to first law of thermodynamics which states, “Energy is neither created or destroyed; it can only be redirected from one place or form to another.”  During a Reiki session, no one is having their energy taken away.  It’s simply being redirected to where it needs to be in the body.  

Does Reiki Conflict With My Beliefs?

Reiki is not a religion and there is no dogma attached.  There is no need for you to have certain beliefs in order to give and receive Reiki.  You can however, attach your own spiritual beliefs to it the same way you may with your yoga practice.  

Benefits of Reiki

The best way I like to describe Reiki is by saying it’s similar to when you are crying and upset, and someone comes and hugs you tightly and you begin to feel better.  Reiki helps to reduce pain, stress and helps us enjoy the present. Reiki is about tuning into our bodies so that we can learn how to realign our energies and hug ourselves, and also be open to exchanging hugs with others too. 

What to Expect From a Session

Sessions typically last around 50 minutes. They include:

Tea Talk

This allows the practitioner to check-in with the client and to assess their needs and goals. The client will normally vocalize their intentions for the session as they enjoy a warm cup of tea! Tea Talk lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Laying of Hands

During this part of the session, the practitioner will utilize chakra balancing techniques to help cleanse the client as they work towards their goals for the session. This may include the practitioner applying their hands to different parts of the client’s body. This part of the session lasts approximately 30-35 minutes.

*Consent is very important and is established at the beginning of each session. The client can decide at any point whether they want hands on adjustments*

Lagniappe

During this part of the session, the client shares their thoughts and feedback on their session. The practitioner also provides follow-up info and supplemental materials for the client to incorporate into their everyday life. This ending session lasts 5 to 10 minutes.