What is Reiki? ~ Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by laying on hands (or from a distance) and is based on the idea that life force energy (ki) flows through all living things. If one's life force energy is low then we are more likely to feel stress or become ill. If the life force energy is high we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The word Reiki is "Rei" which translates to "Higher power" or "Spiritual consciousness" and "Ki" is life force energy. So Reiki can be translated as "spiritually guided life force energy".
What can I expect during a session? ~ The practitioner will briefly discuss any concerns or questions you may have prior to the treatment. You will lie on a massage table (or sit in a chair if that is more comfortable) fully clothed. Relaxing music is often played. The practitioner will lightly lay hands on various areas of your head and body or they may hover their hands above the area. Treatments have been described as a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including mind, body, emotions, and spirit creating a feeling of peace, alignment, and relaxation. Many clients fall asleep or relax into a different level of consciousness. A session is usually 30-60 minutes long. Reiki treatments can be done as often as needed since Reiki cannot cause harm.
Is Reiki a Religion? ~ While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It is not associated with any religious dogma and there is nothing you must believe in to use and learn Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.
How Does Distance Reiki Work? ~ Because energy is not confined by time or space, a reiki practitioner can send healing reiki energy to a client in a different location or at a different time without the client being present. The client can be lying down relaxing during the treatment or just going about their daily routine.
Who Can Learn Reiki? ~ Reiki is a simple technique and can be learned by anyone from all walks of life. There is no prior healing experience needed. The ability to do Reiki is passed from the teacher to the student by the attunement or placement process during a class. Once a student receives the Reiki attunement they are able to use Reiki for the rest of their lives with just the intention to do so.