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What happens during a Reiki session?

hands on Reiki session

If you're like I was before my first Reiki session, you may be curious about what this thing called Reiki is? I didn't know what to expect when I booked my appointment. I love when clients come for Reiki for the first time. It gets me a bit giddy. There's something special about first Reiki sessions. In my experience they are often one of the most powerful Reiki sessions you'll ever have.

While every Reiki practitioner may add a bit of their own touch to their sessions, in general this is what you can expect to experience when you go for a Reiki session in person. Reiki sessions can also happen at a distance but I'll save that for another article.

Most Reiki practitioners offer a quiet and comfortable treatment room. Your Reiki practitioner should go over a basic intake form with you and chat a bit about what your expectations are answer any questions you may have. There are no contraindications for Reiki. It's a totally safe and non-invasive natural healing modality.

Next you'll lie on a massage table fully clothed. You don't need to worry about removing any clothing; Reiki works through clothing, so just make sure you're comfortable. Some practitioners might play soft, calming music to help you relax, but if you have a preference, feel free to let them know. The key is to create an environment where you feel at ease.

Once you're settled on the table, the practitioner will begin the session. Reiki practitioners use their hands to channel energy, which may involve placing their hands lightly on or just above your body. The practitioner might start at your head and work their way down your body, or they might follow their intuition, focusing on areas where they feel you need the most energy. Each practitioner has their own unique style, but the core of Reiki is the same: channeling healing energy to promote balance and well-being.

During the session, you might feel a variety of sensations. Many people report feeling warmth or tingling where the practitioner's hands are placed. Some feel a gentle pulsing or a coolness. Others might not feel anything specific, but rather a general sense of relaxation and calm. It's also common to experience emotions or memories surfacing; this is a normal part of the healing process and can be very therapeutic.

A Reiki session typically lasts between 45 minutes to an hour. Throughout the session, you'll be encouraged to relax and let go. It's not uncommon for clients to fall asleep, and that's perfectly okay. Reiki energy continues to work whether you're awake or asleep.

After the session, the practitioner will gently bring you back to a waking state if you've drifted off. They'll likely ask you how you're feeling and if you noticed any particular sensations or experiences. This feedback can be helpful for the practitioner to understand how the energy was received and if there are any areas that might need more attention in future sessions.

You might notice immediate effects after a session, such as a sense of peace and relaxation. Some people feel an energy boost, while others may feel the need to rest more. Reiki can also lead to subtle changes over time, improving your overall sense of well-being, reducing stress, and helping with physical or emotional issues.

Remember, Reiki is a gentle yet powerful form of energy healing that works best when you approach it with an open mind and heart. Each session is a unique experience, and the effects can vary from person to person. The most important thing is to relax, be open to the process, and enjoy the journey of healing and self-discovery.

In conclusion, a Reiki session is a time for you to relax, heal, and connect with your inner self. Whether it's your first session or you're a regular client, Reiki offers a safe and nurturing space for healing. So, go ahead, book that session, and see for yourself the transformative power of Reiki.


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