What Happens During a Reiki Session


If you have chosen to pursue Reiki as a treatment likely your Reiki Practitioner has advised you on how to prepare. If you are still wondering if you should try it, I would like to address what to happens before, during, and after a Reiki session.

The day of your appointment, you’ll want to wear comfortable clothing. Similar to having a massage, it is usually best to wear something you’ll be comfortable laying down in for about an hour. I recommend carrying water with you. Your Reiki healer likely will have refreshments but it’s good to have something for your trip home. Because you’ll be laying down for several minutes, I would avoid eating a heavy meal.

Reiki Practitioners are very accomodating, so you have have special circumstances, you only need to let your practitioner know. In my clinic, we can accomodate for someone in a wheelchair or who has physical limitations that won’t let them lie on a table.

Once you arrive, you’ll be shown to the space you’ll receive your treatment. We use an exam room in my clinic that’s quieter than our other spaces.

The first few minutes I like to have clients complete a form that I can use for record the visit. I also like to talk for a few minutes prior to starting. One of the things I love with Reiki is that clients do not need to reveal more than they are comfortable with sharing. The treatment is intuitive, and even if a client wants to share nothing with me, I can still treat them effectively. I found in my years of practice, many patients have been traumatized by the healthcare system. Sometimes simply reviewing the timeline and details of an illness can be traumatizing in itself. We can proceed with a Reiki session with a lot of information or none at all.

Reiki can be channeled with direct touch or by simply hovering the hands over the area. This depends on what the client is most comfortable with. Depending on life experience, many people are not comfortable being touched and this is perfectly fine. Reiki is effective hands on or hands off.

Once the session begins, the practitioner will position their hands over an area of the body and leave them there for at least a few minutes.

My experience with with patients and clients is that throughout the session, the person will become progressively more relaxed. Some enter a meditative state. Most are deeply relaxed with very little tension in their bodies. Some clients will have a release of pent up emotions, so may feel a need to cry or even laugh. But every experience is individual. The same person may have a different experience with each Reiki session.

Once the session is complete, I like to let clients have a few minutes of quiet to center themselves. After the session, if the client likes, we can discuss their experience.

I typically advise everyone after a session to try not to schedule any rigorous activities. If you have things you must accomplish, try to plan so that you don’t have to do too much as you’ll need to rest.

I hope this description is helpful for anyone considering this healing modality. I hope you’ll try it if you haven’t. If you have already experienced Reiki, you should continue, and maybe become healer.

Thank you for visiting.

Published by Charlyce Davis

I am an Internal Medicine physician with 10 years of practice experience. I have become a student of Reiki and I have also studied yoga.

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