What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of energy healing and deep relaxation using a hands-on, gentle energy technique.  Many cultures believe that there is a life force energy critical to our overall health and vitality.  When this energy flows freely, we are better able to allow the natural ability of the body to balance, detoxify and heal.  You do not have to consciously know what is blocking your energy flow for Reiki to work.  The energy will go where it is needed.

Reiki truly causes no harm because it is positive, love-filled energy.  For thousands of years, cultures have recognized energy as a vital part of a person’s wellbeing: Qi (Chinese), Prana (Hindu), Miwi (Aboriginal), Pneuma (Greek), and Ruach (Hebrew) are just some of the terms used to describe this universal life force energy.

What happens in a hands-on Reiki session?

In a hands-on Reiki session, you will be asked to remove your shoes and lay on a massage table fully clothed.   A blanket may be placed over your body.  I will lay my hands on your head, your brow, over your ears, over your throat, on your chest, on your stomach, and on your arms, legs, knees, and feet.  The same process will be performed on your back as well.  Sometimes my hands will hover above the chakra points.

The purpose of the various hand positions is to ground you and to let the energy flow straight into your 7 main chakra points.  The sessions generally last about one hour.  The energy goes where it is needed, but if you have a problem area, I can work on that area for a longer period of time.   If you are trying to work on something specific, it is best to come a few days in a row or on a regular basis.  If you are new to Reiki, it is suggested that you start with 3 sessions within a 10-14 day time period in order to open and clear out the chakras.

What happens in a distance Reiki session?

In a distance Reiki session, you can be anywhere in the world and the practitioner can send you energy.  The process takes about 15-20 minutes.  You do not have to be lying down or still, but you should not be driving or operating machinery.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes and definitely wear socks.  As the toxins leave your body, many people report having cold hands and feet.

Will I feel anything during a Reiki session?

Every person has different reactions to Reiki.  You may feel intense warmth or tingling.  You may have a peaceful feeling that lasts you all day.  You may sleep better that night.  Your stomach may start to gurgle.  You may feel the need to cry or smile.  Or, you may feel nothing at all.  Whatever your reaction, appreciate that the energy is flowing to where it needs to go.

If you have a dull headache or stomach ache after a session, it may be the toxins leaving your body.   Reiki truly causes no harm because it is positive, love-filled energy from above.

What does it cost?

Please see this page for more information.

Is Reiki a replacement for medical treatment?

No.  Reiki is a complementary modality to any medical treatment you may be receiving.  Hospitals and cancer centers are beginning to use Reiki to calm patients before surgery or to offer comfort during chemotherapy.

What are chakras?

Chakra is a Sanskrit word for circle or wheel.  There are 7 major chakra points on the body, essentially running from the crown of your head to the bottom of your spine.  Each chakra receives and transmits energy.  Different organs, ailments, feelings, colors, and more are associated with each chakra.  When trauma, stress, and disturbances cause an imbalance in the chakras, that is when illness and dis-ease result.  Reiki (and yoga, meditation, mindfulness, etc.) is one way to open the energy centers and balance the physical, mental, and spiritual parts of the body.

Click below for a simple chart of the chakras and their meanings from  Thank you to Cristina and Joe for allowing me to share this chart and website with you.

Is Reiki a religion or a cult?

No.  Reiki is not a religion or a cult.  What is so wonderful about Reiki is that it crosses all faiths and belief systems.  You do not have to give up your current faith or religious practices in order to have Reiki in your life.   There is no commitment.  You can stop or continue Reiki on your own free will.  It is always performed with the highest intent for the greatest good.

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