What is a Reiki Treatment? This is What Shibumi International Reiki Association say:
Upon entering the treatment room you will first have a brief consultation with your Reiki practitioner. She will ask you some specific questions about your personal well being. These questions depend upon your reason of visit and might be; Do you sleep well? Do you currently have any pain? Do you want to focus on something specific during the treatment? etc… The clearer you answer these questions, the better the practitioner will understand what kind of Reiki treatment to offer you as, due to an individual’s circumstances, each treatment is unique. A Reiki treatment is
not a psychic session and therefore it is better to share with the practitioner what is going on with you before the
physical Reiki treatment begins.
If this is your first treatment you will be asked to fill in a form with your personal details. These details are confidential and stored in a safe place. There is no need to take off any clothes. It is, however, advisable to take off shoes and any items that might restrict you when laying down on the massage table. Once you are on the massage table, the practitioner will instruct you to take a couple of deep breaths in order to encourage your mind and body to relax. You are then asked to set your intent that you want to heal yourself and that you might receive whatever you may need for this healing to take place. You can keep your eyes open, but most of the time it is better to keep your eyes closed as this helps you to stay more relaxed. The practitioner may also play some calming music to support you in finding a state of peace throughout the treatment. The practitioner will initially go into his or her own meditative space to support the process of being a clear vehicle for the energy to flow through. The clearer the vehicle, the more energy that will flow through it and thus the deeper the healing. It is you, the client, who does the actual healing and the practitioner is the facilitator for this. He might physically place hands on your body or work slightly off the body, this will depend upon the sensations he feels. The practitioner is not there to judge or diagnose but merely to stay open and calm so that the energy can do its work.
During the treatment you might feel some energetic sensations like heat, tingling, coldness and pulsating. Some people might have visions, see colors or hear things, while others feel nothing. It is not necessary to feel or see anything to experience the benefit of the treatment. These sensations are merely a by-product of the treatment. A lot of people fall asleep during a treatment – entering into a deep healing space. Some people might also experience emotional or physical release which can manifest in crying, or pain, or even laughter. Again, this is perfectly normal as the energy is clearing old attachments, emotions and physical issues. Some clients might wish to know what these sensations mean, but, again there is no real place within the system of Reiki for diagnosing. These sensations signify that something is shifting within your own being for the benefit of your own healing. At the end of the treatment the practitioner might slowly massage your feet, ring a bell, or simply tell you that the treatment is finished and that you can slowly sit up. Take your time as sometimes you might feel a bit dizzy or disorientated due to having been in such a deep healing space. The practitioner will offer you some water so that you can slowly regain your balance. There is no rush, and the practitioner should allow you to regain your full balance before you go return to the busy world.
After the treatment the practitioner might talk with you about the treatment. At this time you can ask the practitioner any questions you may have about the treatment itself. Be aware that the treatment doesn’t necessarily stop when the practitioner finishes the physical treatment – energy is still clearing and working. In fact, later in the day you might feel some emotional, physical, mental or spiritual issues surfacing. This is perfectly normal after a Reiki treatment. Make sure you drink lots of water and if there is anything specific you want to talk about, contact your Reiki practitioner. If you are looking for some serious healing to take place, you are advised to undertake three one-hour sessions over three consecutive days. If this is not possible then the next best option would be to have three treatments in one week, and the next option after that would be to have one treatment a week over a three-week period.
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