More about Reiki Healing Sessions

How Reiki Works.

Reiki operates on the assumption that a universal life force sustains all living organisms and that an energetic and spiritual dimension exists in humans as part of the healing process.The theory behind Reiki is that by balancing these energies, the body's natural healing ability is stimulated. The focus is on healing, particularly through the spirit and mind-body connection, rather than a cure or treatment of specific conditions or diseases.

It has been suggested that the positive effects reported by people who have experienced Reiki sessions may come, at least in part, from the state of relaxation it encourages. Reiki may down-regulate the autonomic nervous system tone, which relieves tension and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, and elicits a feeling of calm.

Source:  McManus DE. Reiki is better than placebo and has broad potential as a complementary health therapy. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017;22(4):1051-1057. doi:10.1177/2156587217728644

Benefits of Reiki

While not proven concretely, Reiki may help with:

What to expect in a Reiki session

Session will take place in a quiet setting where you are not disturbed. Professional Reiki practitioners have a dedicated space or are experienced in creating that space when making house calls. They frequently play soft music during the session as a way of masking ambient noise, but let your practitioner know if you prefer silence.

In some sessions, there may be shorter session (15 or 20 minutes) available, while some private practitioners give 60 minute sessions.

Is there an intake process?

You will be asked to sign a consent form.  The practitioner will explain the process, and ask if you have any specific needs. Be sure to let the practitioner know if you have a health condition that might impact your lying flat on your back or front or if you have any areas that are sensitive to touch.

What does the session consist of?

A complete Reiki session is offered to a fully clothed recipient who is lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably supported in a chair.

Most commonly, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner's hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. The placement of the hands should never be intrusive or inappropriate, nor should there be any pressure.

Additional placements on the limbs can be done as needed (for example, if there is an injury or surgical scar), and some practitioners routinely do so. The Reiki practitioner can hold her hands just off the body if needed (for example, in the presence of an open wound or burn), and some practitioners always offer Reiki in this way.

What might I experience?

"I feel very refreshed and seem to be thinking more clearly." "I think I fell asleep." "I can't believe how hot your hands got!" "I feel more relaxed than even after a massage." "My headache is gone." These are some of things people typically say after a Reiki session.

The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner's hands, but sometimes the practitioner's hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner's hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body.

People often comment how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be. An interesting study reported that recipients frequently feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state. Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.

Reiki is cumulative and even people who don't notice much the first time usually have progressively deeper experiences if they continue. Besides the immediate experience of the Reiki, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the day goes on: perhaps stronger digestion, a sense of being more centered and poised and less reactive, and sleeping deeply that night.

What should I do during the session?

Once you have taken the time to find a credible practitioner with whom you feel a rapport, what can you do to be comfortable during your Reiki experience? Not much, but here are a few suggestions:

  1. If you have music that you particularly enjoy and which is relaxing, bring it to your session and ask the practitioner to play it. You can also request silence if you prefer.

  2. Use the rest room before your session so that you are able to lie down comfortably.

  3. Especially if you have any shyness about being touched, ask your practitioner to show you the hand placements before starting so you are very clear what to expect.

  4. Let the practitioner know your needs before you start. For example, if you have trouble breathing and lying flat is uncomfortable, say so. Or mention if you have had surgery recently and don't want to be touched where the scar is still tender (the practitioner can float her hand here). If you are pregnant or have digestive complaints, it may not be feasible to lie on your stomach. Inform your practitioner.

As the session progresses, you will feel more relaxed. If you become uncomfortable, you can adjust your position at any time. Be sure to ask for anything that will add to your comfort, such as additional support under your knees or a blanket. This is your special time and your practitioner is there to help you.

Receiving Reiki is a wonderfully passive experience. Don't try to relax, just let the Reiki relax you. Your state will shift quite naturally as the session proceeds. Meanwhile feel free to daydream, enjoy the music, or simply observe your breath or the sensations of the therapy.

What happens after the session?

Although people typically leave a Reiki session feeling refreshed, sometimes they notice feeling more tired in the evening than usual. This is not viewed as an adverse reaction, but rather as the body's natural healing response, something to be heeded. People commonly report a sense of calm and mental clarity and sleeping well after Reiki.

How many sessions should I receive?

Your practitioner may suggest a series of sessions. Four sessions is a traditional recommendation and gives you time to evaluate what benefits you are receiving. Discuss with your practitioner how best to space the sessions to suit your needs and your schedule.

In the presence of a serious health challenge, Reiki practitioners often recommend four sessions over four days.

Aroma therapeutic Reiki Sessions

Experience the transformative power of subtle aromatherapy with the gentle energy of Reiki in a relaxing, healing and restorative session.

Leigh taps into the energetics of essential oils and uses them in a very conscious and intentional way in focused application to balance the energy and endocrine systems of the body and the related emotions.  

Merging the ancient wisdom of Reiki and Aromatherapy, this treatment is specially designed to address your specific needs and challenges. Leigh's intuitive approach and connection with the frequency of the oils, allows her to delve into deep-seated imbalances and restore inner harmony.

Throughout the session, carefully selected essential oils are used to enhance emotional release and elevate the healing process. This service is more than just a treatment; it's a personal exploration and release of what you are ready to let go of, leading to a profound and lasting sense of balance and well being.

All of our experiences and memories (that create beliefs and feelings are stored as energy in the cells of our body) and learning how to manage this energy is where our power is!

If we are giving all of our energy away by dwelling on events of the past or worrying about the future, it is draining our energy from the present day and can even lead to illness and disease in our mind and body. We can heal many physical illnesses by working on the spiritual & emotional levels as Leigh does in Aroma Reiki sessions.

Combining essential oils with Reiki is truly the science of changing energy to restore harmony and balance to the body, mind and soul.

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