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What is reiki and how does it work?

Reiki is a non-invasive modality that supports both physical and emotional healing. Through hands-on or distant healing, a practitioner will act as a conduit for the healing energy to flow through their hands to encourage and stimulate a person’s innate powers of self-healing. Through the receiving of reiki, you are assisted to re-establish your own internal control over your energy balance.

It’s believed that reiki energy flows through the practitioner into the client and promotes self-healing. Based on this understanding, reiki healers transfer healing and relaxation energy into your body. Energy healers believe that when it comes to working with energy, time and space do not exist, so you can receive reiki healing both in person and remotely.

The energy delivered into your body improves energy flow and helps to clear blockages. This allows the body to restore balance and heal itself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

When should you not use Reiki?

Never send Reiki while a person is in surgery. The Reiki energy can interfere with the anesthesia in the body and could cause the patient to wake up too soon. As soon as the surgery is complete you can begin sending Reiki. Never practice Reiki when either you or your client are intoxicated.

Can Reiki open chakras?

Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique that aims to open and balance the charkas. This therapy allows energy to flow freely and creates harmony in one’s body. It promotes spiritual healing and self-improvement.

Who should not receive Reiki?

You can always choose whether or not to receive Reiki. Reiki has no contraindications; it is regarded as a completely safe and gentle practice.

How often should Reiki be done?

It’s best to receive three to five Reiki treatments one to two weeks apart. Once you see yourself improving you can space out treatments to one month or six weeks apart. Receiving regular Reiki treatments is excellent self-care and helps you to maintain holistic balance.

How do you tell if your chakras are blocked?

If all of your chakras are blocked, you may experience physical, mental, and emotional symptoms such as fatigue, depression, anxiety, lack of focus, difficulty sleeping, and physical pain. You may also feel disconnected from your spiritual self and have difficulty connecting with your intuition.

Which chakra should you open first?

For centuries, many spiritual traditions have held that the root chakra is the grounding foundation of the chakra system. If your root chakra is out of balance, it’s believed that the other chakras in your body will be too. If you’re new to chakra work, the root chakra is a great place to start.

Can I “catch” people's “bad” energy during a Reiki treatment?

Consequently, you gain, or regain, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. This may take one treatment or a series of treatments. Reiki practitioners don’t absorb your energy. Nor do you absorb their energy, any more so than if you were exchanging long periods of touch with another human.

How do I activate Reiki?

Close your eyes and take a few rounds of deep breaths. Imagine the crown of your head opening and a stream of healing white light flowing from the top of your head, into your heart, and out through your arms and hands. Ask to be filled up where you need healing most. This way, if you’re going to offer Reiki to a loved one, you won’t be giving to them from an empty cup.

As you feel the flow of energy, continue to breathe, and if you find your mind gets busy or starts to question whether this is working, come back to your breath. Envision yourself as a vessel for healing. Then set an intention or prayer to receive healing of the highest good.

How do I prepare myself for Reiki?

You’ll want to be sure you’ve eaten and hydrated a few hours before the session—mostly so you will be comfortable and not distracted by hunger or thirst. Avoid eating a heavy meal beforehand, however, as you don’t want all of your body’s energy to be directed toward digesting while you’re receiving your treatment.

How will I feel during and after Reiki sessions?

Reiki involves the transfer of energy around the body by a practitioner via light touches on various parts of the body. This stimulates the body’s natural healing systems. Some people might experience some mild sensations during their sessions; however, the overall experience is very gentle and calming. This is why Reiki is an ideal supplemental treatment for psychological ailments as well as physical injuries or illnesses. After your Reiki sessions, you should feel deeply relaxed and de-stressed, as your healing systems have been activated.

How long do the benefits of Reiki last?

The length of time that the benefits of Reiki last vary case-to-case, depending on the ailment you wish to treat and your own body’s response to the treatment. In general, we recommend regular sessions at the beginning of your healing journey, and less frequent sessions as you start to notice the benefits. After you start feeling an improvement, your last session’s effects can last from days to weeks. A general rule of thumb is that if you are consistent with your sessions, you will reap the rewards for longer.

Why do I feel tired or emotional after learning or receiving Reiki?

Reiki balances your energy. So if you experience a sudden burst of energy it’s because your energy was stagnating. So, this is an ideal time to begin creative pursuits or start ticking things off your to-do list.

You may also become more aware of your emotions due to the challenges you’ve experienced in the past or you’re experiencing at present.  Reiki rebalances you on all levels, so these mental and emotional states come to your awareness to be managed and then gently released.

The emotions or physical sensations that come to the surface during and after learning and receiving Reiki are actually experiences to be grateful for. Once you’re aware of them and receive extra support to manage them, you generally experience improved health, mental clarity, peace, and joy.

Are There Any Safety Concerns for Using Reiki?

Reiki has not been found to have any adverse effects.

Because there is nothing about a Reiki session that can interfere with conventional medical care, Reiki has no known contraindications and can be used concurrently with any medical intervention.

The touch of Reiki is very light on or even off the body. The recipient is not required to ingest any substances, so there are no concerns about mixing substances (such as herbs) and prescription medications.

Reiki will not override the action of medical interventions, but rather support the patient while he or she goes through them, restoring balance in body, mind, and spirit to the degree possible. Patients who feel well even when fighting chronic illness are more likely to complete their medical treatment and be active partners in their health care.

Because the activation of Reiki pulsations in the practitioner’s hands adjusts to the changing need of the recipient, and stops when appropriate, you can’t get too much Reiki, no matter how long the practitioner’s hands are in place.

All that said, remember that it is up to you to be responsible for your own medical care and seek appropriate help. Do not go to your Reiki practitioner for a diagnosis (unless he or she is also your healthcare provider) and do not avoid recommended medical tests or treatment. In an emergency, call 911. If you are Reiki-trained, you can safely offer Reiki by placing your hand anywhere on the victim (even if you’re the victim) while awaiting the medics or en route to the hospital.

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