What is reiki?

Reiki is a form of energy healing. It is a gentle, non-intrusive, hands on healing technique for balancing, healing and harmonising all aspects of the person- body, mind, emotions and spirit – promoting relaxation and a sense of well-being. The treatment is performed with the intention that healing energy is directed to where the person needs it most.

Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive healing treatment that is performed through clothing. A reiki session typically involves the laying of hands on various points of the body to harmonise the subtle energy system, bringing balance, relaxation and a sense of calm and well-being. Hands may also be placed slightly above the body if this is preferred by the recipient. Reiki is suitable for everyone and can be enjoyed seated or lying down.

What should I expect during a treatment?

Reiki treatments are carried out fully clothed (apart from shoes) and you will lie on a treatment couch, covered with a soft blanket. The practitioner places their hands at specific points on your head and body and holds them in each position for about 3 – 5 minutes. If you prefer, the hands can be held over the body rather than actually touching you. You may also be asked to turn over part way through the treatment so that the practitioner can treat the back.

Most people feel deeply relaxed during a treatment, and may even fall asleep. Reiki can lead to the release of emotions so it’s not unusual to cry or laugh, or feel emotional either during or after the treatment. Sometimes you might feel tingling, or sensations of heat or coolness where the practitioner’s hands are placed. After the treatment some people feel energised, while others may feel tranquil and sleepy.

How many treatments do I need?

As with all holistic therapies, the benefits of reiki can be cumulative and you may find it helpful to have a series of 3 – 5 treatments one or two weeks apart. After that it can be helpful to have a top up treatment every month or so.

What should I do following a treatment?

After a treatment, take it easy and try to give yourself some time to relax. Keep hydrated with water. Try to avoid strenuous exercise, eating a heavy meal and the use of stimulants such as alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee etc. This will enable your body to make the most of the treatment and use its energy for healing.

In addition to feelings of relaxation and being uplifted, occasionally some people may experience the following after a session:

  • Short-term increase in symptoms
  • Needing to sleep or rest
  • Headache
  • Feeling emotional
  • Increased urination
  • Temporary ‘flu’-like symptoms

These are all positive signs of the body bringing itself back into balance and if this occurs it’s recommended to allow the body to rest and keep hydrated.