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What to Expect During a Reiki Session

Posted by [email protected] on October 27, 2011 at 6:00 PM

While each Reiki practitioner has their own personal style, there are some general things you can expect during your Reiki session.  You should note that there may be incense and/or candles burning depending on the setting and your energy worker.  Some workers incorporate aromatherapy through scented oils in their Reiki sessions, which will be discussed with you prior to the session.   Music is normally employed to aid relaxation,meditation and mood. 

 Typically you will be asked to lie down on a massage table, although if the practitioner does not have their own table or there is not space for one, a thick blanket on the floor or a couch can be used.  Reiki can also be performed on a person while seated which can be useful when space is an issue or for shorter sessions.  You will be asked to relax and close your eyes, your arms and feet uncrossed.  After a short conversation regarding any questions or concerns you have, the session will start with some deep breathing guidance. This is to help you to relax and begin to pay attention to your body.  Reiki is an interactive processbetween you and the energy worker.  Often you will be asked if you want to set an intention.  This is simply a goal, thought, or purpose for your energy session and can be told to the practitioner or not, contingent on your comfort level. 

 The next part is where more variance can be found amongst Reiki practitioners but these are general guides.  Most of the time you will be told before the  process begins what the energy worker intends to do.  They may start by running energy through your body, beginning at the crown of your head and flowing out of your feet.  This is done to gently get the energy moving and open your Chakras, (more information regarding Chakras will be in another blog) and might be accompanied by a short guided meditation depending on your practitioner’s style.  After this, the hand placements will begin. This is where the Reiki worker will gently place their hands on or slightly above you at various points on your body, beginning with the head.  If at any time during your Reiki session a hand placement feels uncomfortable, you should tell your worker so that they can adjust for you.  At each hand position Reiki energy will be sent into your body.  Some areas may require more attention than others so just focus on your breathing and any changes occurring in your body or your perception.  Reiki energy works on multiple levels so healing can be happening physically, emotionally or even spiritually.  If you do not feel any changes, that is okay.  Each person experiences Reiki differently and each session you have will be unique so continue breath and remember that Reiki energy goes where it is needed for the most good. 

When the hand placements are complete, the Reiki practitioner will close your Chakra centers and cleanse your aura, frequentlydone by sweeping their hands over your body a few times.  After you are all ‘sealed and clean’, you will be given time to come out of your relaxed state, almost like slowly waking up.  You will likely be advised to not move too quickly or stand up immediately. Heed this advice and take the time that you need to feel grounded and secure before getting up.  Hydration is always important but should definitely be observed after a Reiki session.  Drink plenty of water!  At this point you will probably have the opportunity to discuss your session with your energy worker, though time could be a factor in the length of this conversation. Sometimes thoughts or feelings will come to you after the session and writing these down can be very useful.  At the end of your Reiki experience, you should feel relaxed and peaceful.  Namaste. 

By: Llewthena


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