Q. Simple Explanation please, what exactly is Reiki?
A. Reiki energy is a subtle energy. It is different than electricity or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy. It is the awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the quality of a person's health. When your life energy is low, it is more difficult to deal with stress; you may not sleep well and you're more susceptible to illness. When your life energy is strong, you feel strong and can more easily deal with stress and are less likely to get sick. Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical world we are familiar with. Reiki opens and clears your chakras and the ki (life force) in your body. On another note, reiki can only do good and can never cause harm.
Q. How is my practitioner able to preform Reiki?
A. Reiki is a technique that is transferred from the teacher to the student through a process called an attunement that takes place during a Reiki class. As soon as one receives an attunement and takes the courses, the practitioner has the ability to do Reiki. After that whenever one places their hands on themselves or on another person with the intention of doing Reiki, the healing energy will automatically begin flowing. Many people believe that this attunement process opens up the "third eye," where you become more aware of sensation, energy & touch.
Q. How is a Reiki treatment given?
A. In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client will be laying on a massage table fully clothed, but with shoes off. The practitioner places her hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.
Q. What does a Reiki treatment feel like?
A. What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. However, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. As the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state of peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep or report floating outside their bodies or have visions and other mystical experiences. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.
Q. What can be treated with Reiki?
A. Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvement in ones physical and psychological condition are what most experience.
*Reiki information above is from www.reiki.org