What a session's like:
I set up the environment much like a Massage Therapist. The room is a quiet, comfortable, a safe container for healing, private, and may have soft music playing in the background. I have a comfy Reiki table (a massage table without the endplate, allowing room for the Reiki Therapist's knees to go under the table) in the middle of the room. I typically start with taking a moment to check in with the client, gain a Holistic understanding of what's occurring for the individual, what her or his needs are, and verbalize an intention or clear description of what she/he wants to get out of the session.
Most people need to know whether to stay dressed or to undress as you would for a massage. As a Reiki Therapist I do not use oils or lotions the way a Massage Therapist might. Hands-on healing is a light touch only, so you can remain fully clothed. Reiki is energy, therefore, it permeates clothes.
The Reiki touch is slow, gentle, and often very warm. Reiki opens a two-way channel. Your body will draw in calm, soothing, relaxing, and harmonizing energy. Your body will also release any energy that does not serve you any longer such as stress, trauma, tension, or congestion.
Depending on the needs of the client and the intention set we may choose to do a Traditional Reiki Treatment, a Divine White Light Healing Series, or an Intuitive Touch Energywork session. Typically, I have the client start out laying face up on the Reiki table. I most often start with the first hand position over the client's head then move towards the feet (sometimes a particular body part or organ may need the attention first so I will start there), and I have the client turn over face down to place hands on the back of the body. At times I stand a distance away from the body and beam the energy. This is often when the client is releasing lots of energy and I step back to allow the space in one's energy field to clear.
Examples of intentions set for a session:
The intention can address anything mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual. Of course, someintentions overlap but here are some general examples:
Mental: clarity, peace of mind, balance, ease with transitions, gaining confidence, stop my mind from racing, boost creativity, or a general "tune-up".
Physical: release of pain, release of tension, breaking down muscular knots or fibrous adhesions, or heal trauma.
Emotional: healing the loss of loved ones, emotional balancing, trust, releasing hurt from interpersonal relationships, transforming apathy, joyfulness.
Spiritual: chakra clearing, grounding, moving stuck energy, reconnecting with spirit, inner child healing, or protecting one's energy field from outside influence.
Long Distance Healing
I have many clients who prefer to have me do a long distance Reiki session on them or on their pet. Most of these clients live in another state, some simply have very busy schedules and find it more convenient. The way a long distance session is done is the client and I arrange for a time that works for both our schedules. At this time I use an inanimate object to represent the body of the client (which could be a pet), and use a Reiki Power Symbol that allows me to connect in with the client's energyfield (much like a cell phone rings into another phone across the world). I can then lay on hands in the same way I would if the person were in the room with me. I feel the energy exchange in the same way, I receive intuitive information in the same way, and the client receives the Reiki benefits in the same way. Sometimes the client and I determine beforehand that I will call and give them feedback during or after the session.