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How you feel after a Reiki session

is as individual as the person receiving Reiki. Reiki is a subtle, but very effective vibrational energy. If one feels bad after a session, there can be a number of reasons. Reiki is a positive, loving vibration. During a Reiki session, the negative, toxic vibrations of the individual whether they be of
a physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual nature will be stirred up, brought to the surface to be removed from the client's system. It is a type of cleansing, and sometimes one will feel worse before she/he feels better. Reiki vibrates the negative energy out of the problem area. Reiki raises the person's vibration, negative energy lowers one's vibration. One may have symptoms that may lead to the root of the problem. You may ache, have a headache, stomach ache, which can indicate detoxication.

Healing comes in many ways. Most people have a sense of peace and well being after a Reiki session, some have symptoms of de-toxication, others feel worse before they feel better. We are always looking for the miraculous and though it can occur, sometimes we miss what we are being shown, so talk to your Practitioner about your session and how you feel. When we ask for Reiki, we ask for help, healing and well being. And remember, we do not get in our not-so-well-being condition overnight. It may take several sessions to see improvement or notice a difference. Regardless of what one feels after a session, Reiki has been received on some level of being. If your Reiki session is with me, when the Reiki session is over, I will gently let you know. 1. You need to take a few minutes to lay still absorbing the Reiki energy and let all that you have received settle into completion. This is a very important part of the process. 2. Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes as a persons vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the liver and kidneys will be removed from the system. When this happens sometimes a person will have a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is a good sign. 3. Sometimes you may have an emotional release during or after a session. This may even happen weeks or months after your Reiki session. This loving, intelligent energy goes where it is needed whether it is on a mental, emotional, body level or spirit level. Since all are interrelated, all parts benet. 4. When you get home, drink plenty of water. If you feel like resting or taking a nap, then do so. This is because after a Reiki session, some people begin to de-toxify. Feel free to call me if you are having de-toxication symptoms or emotional releases and we will talk about it.

A typical Reiki session will start off with a brief conversation. This conversation is very important and allows a few different things to happen. The first one obviously is that it lets the client tell the practitioner why he or she is there, what is going on in his/her life, and what he or she is hoping to get out of the session(s). The second thing that happens during this conversation is that it gives the practitioner a chance to get a feel for the client's energies prior to starting the session and allows for even more insight into the client's current situation. The third thing that happens, and one of the most important, is that it gives the practitioner and client a chance to build a rapport. This allows the client to let go and open up more to the energies during the session. Most people these days have a lot of issues with trust, and unless the practitioner is able to bring down some of those walls prior to the session, the client will unknowingly block most, if not all, of the energies the practitioner is attempting to channel into the client, thereby defeating the entire purpose of the session. The more the client is able let go, the more benefit they will receive from the session(s). The next step is to have the client (fully clothed) lay down on his or her back on the massage table. The practitioner then generally starts at the head and works down toward the feet, stopping at the knees or possibly the ankles. There are general hand positions that the majority of practitioners follow, at least to some degree. These hand positions attempt to cover all the seven main chakras and all the major organs. Each hand position is held for anywhere from 2 - 5 minutes or longer. During this time the practitioner simply allows the energy to channel out his or her hands and into the client. There is no physical manipulation whatsoever during a traditional Reiki session. Everything is done on a purely energetic level. After the practitioner has finished with the front of the client, they generally will have the client turn over, and will continue with similar hand positions for the back, once again starting at the head and working down toward the feet. After all the positions on the back are completed, it is now time for the practitioner to "ground" the client back down to the planet. This is done by moving to the feet and channeling the energy into the soles of the feet. This works to open the chakras on the bottoms of the feet which connect us to the planet. Due to the nature of Reiki, it is quite difficult to say exactly what will be experienced during a session. This will depend on any number of things including, but not limited to, the practitioner, each individual client, the level to which that client is able to open up to the energies, and what areas the energy itself is addressing. Often people describe their experience by saying they felt as if they are floating during the session, or they were being enveloped by or wrapped in a warm, loving, nurturing light that flowed throughout their being. Often, if there is a physical problem, the client will feel that area of the body becoming quite hot as the energy targets that area. People usually become very "astral" or disassociated from their bodies, during a session and, for people who are able to let go, it is very common for them to sleep through the entire session. I am always quite pleased when this happens because it means that the person is opening up fully to the energy and it will be able to work on a very deep level. By finishing the treatment at the feet and opening the feet chakras, the practitioner is able to help the person come more fully back into his/her body before ending the session, so that they will not feel as lightheaded or disoriented after the session. This is important, not only for the obvious safety reasons such as driving home from the session, but also so that any information

the client may have received during the session can be brought back with them and "grounded" into the present so that they may have conscious access to it. The results of a session are also quite dependent the same influences named in the beginning of the above paragraph. The most immediate broad spectrum results are a drastic reduction in stress, and an extreme sense of relaxation, similar to what people usually feel after a massage but it seems to be more profound and longer lasting, and an overall feeling of being more balanced, calm, and centered. These results are almost always attained through just one session. The more profound results that Reiki can yield (i.e., the "healing" of a specific dis-ease, release of habitual thought patterns or old emotional scars, etc.) are rarely attained through a single session, but instead must be addressed in the same way that many of them were manifested, over time (For more on this, see the section on How Reiki Works). Reiki and other energy sessions are available in person and at a distance. Please see our section on Services Offered for more details.

Is There a Difference Between Reiki Practitioners?

Absolutely! Not only are there different systems of Reiki in use by different practitioners, each individual practitioner is going to be unique. While Reiki can be learned by anyone, as with any area of life, there will be those who are especially gifted. Some practitioners are going to be a more open and pure channel for the Reiki energies. This could be due to their level of training, experience with the energy, or just a natural ability. Many practitioners are clairvoyant and are able to bring this gift into use during the sessions. Others are clairaudient or are able to hear messages during the sessions. While still others are able to feel others pain, physical or emotional. Some practitioners may be gifted with more than one of these abilities or all of them. What a session consists of also varies from practitioner to practitioner. The above description of a session, is only to give you a general idea of what to expect. Each practitioner will have his or her own unique style and techniques that they will add to a session. Below are some of the techniques that I personally use during my sessions and teach in my classes. Scanning: A technique generally done just prior to the start of a session after the client is on the table. Scanning allows the practitioner to pick up any energetic disturbances in the energy field surrounding the client and target them directly. This is very beneficial since this is where the majority of illnesses begin. Psychic Surgery: A very powerful technique that allows the practitioner to remove energy blocks that might normally take several sessions to release in a matter of minutes. Healing Attunement: Similar in nature to the Reiki attunements, however this technique does not initiate the client into Reiki, but instead temporarily floods them with much more Reiki energy than they would normally receive during a session. This can help to

facilitate a much deeper and more profound session for the client if done prior to the session. This technique can also be done on its own if needed.

What is a Reiki Treatment like?

by Lisa Guyman

Reiki isa form of energywork that was discovered in Japan byDr. Mikao Usui. Reikitransmittedthrough light touch and is deeply relaxing. Many of my clients report that Reiki is even more relaxing and centering than massage. I view Reiki almost as a meditation through touch. What might you experience in a Reiki treatment? A feeling of inner quietude, peace and relaxation Afeeling of lightness or heaviness as you relax deeply Sensations of heat, coolness, or tingling as enery moves and balances you may see colors, haveimagery, receive insights Emotions may come to the surface allowing you to cry if you need to A release of stress and anxiety Lessening of symptoms of stress, pain, etc. An increase of sensatation as increased energy ows to an area. A sense of overall well-being What does a typical Reiki treatment look like? A Reiki treatment is usually 1 hr. and is done while you relax fully clothed on a massage table. Oftenyou rst relax whilelying on your back.And then youll turn over andrelax lying face down. And nally turn overas the treatment iscompleted. If there is a specic issue or area of concern you may want to share that with your practitioner beforehand. Some Reiki Masters work with advanced energetic clearing processes that can be helpful when wanting to work through issues or blocks. What are the benets of Reiki? Reiki is deeply restorative, empowering and balancing. It reduces stress and facilitates healing and personal growth. It has a healing effect physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and is very centering. Should I choose to use Reiki instead of consulting my medical Doctor? No, Reiki is not a substitute for medical help. You should always seek medical advice rst from a Doctor. Reiki can be used in conjunction with western/allopathic medicine. Can Reiki help to facilitate emotional healing?

Nearly all of us have emotional healing that could take place that would better enrich our lives and make us feel more in touch and connected. Reiki helps us heal and release hidden issues. We may become emotional during or after a Reiki Treatment or Attunement. Sometimes generalized emotions will rise to the surface without an attachment to a specic memory. It is my personal belief that we dont need to continue to play movies of our past traumas or pains. We can always nd more pain and I believe we activate and enliven pain by analyzing it too much. Science has shown that the brain doesnt know the difference between something that is happening now and something that is being relived. So if we watch re-runs of difcult events in our lives we can be doing a disservice to our minds and bodies. But if emotions naturally come to the surface then often some emotional cleansing and clearing can take place. Does Reiki take the place of counseling? No, Reiki is not a replacement for working witha trained therapist. Reiki is not a talk therapy and pracitioners are not qualied to counsel their clients. What should I expect from my Reiki Practitioner? First of all its important that you feel comfortable with your Reiki Practitioner. Know that your Reiki practitioner should never do hands-on work overyour breastareaif you are awoman or over the groin area for either sex. Also, if you prefer the rest of your treatment can be hands-off, too. For the Code of Ethics for Reiki practitioners as intiated by the International Association of Reiki Professionals, visit What might I notice after Reiki Treatment? Allow yourself some extra time after your Reiki treatment before having to get right back into your day. Some people like to take some time to relax at a park after, sit and journal or take a walk after a treatment. Many people notice that Reiki continues to affect them in the days that follow. You may notice that you are thirstier, you need more sleep, you are emotional, you need more quiet time or you may noticed increased energy and enthusiasm and you may just feel great. Ultimately, everyones experience is different so its best to release any expectations of what the session might feel like and just enjoy the new experience and allow it to be what it is.

What to Expect During & After Reiki Treatments

During treatment, you may experience one, a few, some (typically) or none (rarely) of these possible sensations:
Feeling profoundly calm; Falling into Alpha like-Sleep (where someone is neither fully asleep nor fully awake but still responds to touch and sound); Feeling very light or like you are floating on clouds; Experiencing vivid Dreams during treatment, flashbacks and Imagining Vivid Images; Seeing vivid colors and colored lights; Feeling extreme cold or intense heat in various parts of your body; shivering; prickling sensations or slight itchiness; sweating; Feeling thirsty; feeling the need to gulp; feeling soreness and or temporary tightening in the throat; feeling the need to breathe more deeply; temporarily feeling heaviness in the chest area; Remembering long lost memories; Realizing answers to questions or problems that have needed answers; Feeling tingling, numbing, a sensation like sparks in the muscles, muscle twitching, some pressure in areas, headache; aches; Feeling teary. If this happens, and it sometimes does, let the tears flow. It is one way the body releases stress chemicals. Blocking tears keeps toxins inside the body and cause bodily discomfort during Reiki. You may experience other effects but the above list is relatively comprehensive based on my belief and experience as a Reiki Master. Effects tend to be temporary and seem to be ways the body reacts to cleanse itself. Please remember any effects (if you can); tell your Reiki Practitioner about them and record them. Often, after a few treatments, a pattern in what you are experiencing may emerge. In this way, your subconscious mind & your body seem to appear to be telling you something you need to know to grow or heal yourself emotionally, spiritually or physically. By thinking about what you may have discovered, you can then start working on any appropriate changes. Reiki is generally considered to have no known side-effects, however some people maytemporarily feel worse after treatment before improving. This is the Healing Cleansing Effect. It serves to stir up and wash away distressing memories and feelings from the mind & body. As such, while Reiki can be suitable for clients who are severely traumatised, mentally or emotionally vulnerable and/or unstable, mentally ill, intoxicated, severely depressed or suicidal, Reiki treatment and tuition in such circumstances are best provided in a supervised medical setting and in consultation with advice of the individuals licensed health care professional. Also, while Reiki is believed to be wonderful in pregnancy and childbirth, it is often suggested that Reiki therapists not treat women in their first trimester. This is despite that it is widely believed to be safe to do so.

After treatment, you may experience one, a few, some (typically) or none (rarely) of these possible sensations:
Feeling very relaxed, energized, balanced, more healthy, light and possibly momentarily light-headed (so, in this case, avoid driving, loud noises & stress until it passes). Needing to use the bathroom more; getting a cough or cold; feeling teary; having more ear wax; sweating & sleeping more. These are all ways the body uses to clear toxins from its system and heal itself. Having wondrous, insightful and bizarre dreams

Possibly Feeling sleepy after treatment and temporarily having slower reaction times (so extra care and attention is needed ). Experiencing detailed flashbacks of momentary (or of sometimes longer duration) during waking hours Temporarily re-experiencing old feelings (good and sad) for some days until they are removed from your system (NOTE: For a very small group of people, this can be particularly distressing but it is temporary-see healing cleansing effect explained above) -Finding foods, beverages & consumables containing unhealthy constituents much less appealing . In my experience, all of the above possible effects are temporary. They may even last for a few minutes or possibly weeks depending on your bodys response. I believe that they are some ways the body purges and surfaces what it doesnt want or need anymore. Drink as much water as you can to help the body dilute and expel its harmful toxins. Record what you experience and tell your Reiki practitioner during your next treatment or meeting.

Q: Why do I feel light-headed after Reiki? A: Thats called being ungrounded. Its nothing to worry about, but you can take steps to feel more balanced afterward. First, heres why that feeling may happen. Chakras are energy centers located in various parts of your body and energy. There are seven main chakras, arranged in a line from the top of your head down to your groin. When you receive Reiki, the energy enters through your crown chakra, at the top of your head.Your third eye chakra, which is at the center of your forehead, processes intuition. That is also activated during a Reiki healing. These chakras may capture your attention as they are receiving energy, making you feel as if you are hanging upside-down with the blood rushing to your head. Essentially, the ENERGY is rushing to your head, so thats not a bad analogy! It doesnt mean that energy isnt being received in other areas, but you are sensing it there with these chakras the most, since they relate to your intuitive abilities. Now, heres what to do if you have that spacey, dizzy feeling after receiving Reiki. Ground your energy by standing rmly, with feet spread shoulder-width apart.Visualize yourself as a tree, with roots growing down deep into the earth beneath you from the soles of your feet. Dont worry if you cant perfectly imagine this. Just try anyway. Let the roots extend and thicken downward through the earth, earths core, and beyond to the other side of the earth. Then visualize pulling earth-energy up the roots all the way back up to your feet and into your body, traveling upward through your body, down your arms to your hands, back up your arms, up your neck, and out the top of your head.

Send that energy upward as high as you can imagine, and then pull energy back down into your head and down to your heart, where it meets the earth energy coming in from below. Observe how you feel now. Other grounding activities you can do include drinking water (which you should do after Reiki anyway to ush out toxins), getting outside for fresh air, leaning up against a tree, sitting on a big rock, taking a bath or shower, and eating a high protein meal, or one with root vegetables.

The Reiki Session - What To Expect

A Reiki session is an individualized experience that is relaxing, gentle, and safe for all. It involves healing in a way that will empower you while respecting your feelings and choices. When you meet with your practitioner for the first time you will be asked to read and acknowledge that you understand your practitioner upholds the highest ethics and also that your personal information remains confidential and is never shared. The practitioner is obligated to respect your confidentiality, be considerate of your needs, and answer your questions. It is explained to you that Reiki does not promise to cure any illness or condition or replace any medical treatments or therapies.The practitioner will begin by explaining Reiki to you and what she will be doing. Your safety and comfort are always the main consideration. If at any time during the session you have any concerns you should let your practitioner know so that appropriateadjustments can be made. What to wear for your Reiki treatment: Comfortable, loose clothing Limited jewelry Shoes that are easily removable outside of the treatment room No belts No perfumes or colognes Long hair should be pulled back for access to the neck As you lay on a padded treatment table, fully clothed, soft music will play in the background. Should you prefer quiet you can let your practitioner know; this is your session so be sure to speak up if you have any concerns or requests. Treatments can also be done in a treatment chair. Your comfort

and needs are always the main consideration. Prior to the treatment the practitioner will feel your energy field by placing her hands over your body as she performs a scan known as a Byosen Scan. This will often enable a skilled practitioner to tell where there are areas in your energy field that may need healing before she begins the Reiki session. A subtle difference is felt in her hands at those areas. This procedure makes the session much more beneficial. She will then place her hands above or lightly touching specific areas called chakras, places in the body where the energy flows through. This is never intrusive and you will begin to feel very relaxed as you allow the energy to flow to the areas where it is most needed by your body. It is at this stage that people usually begin to feel the stress lifting. It is a remarkable experience and for most the effects are immediate while others may not notice anything for a few days. Reiki always works and the more open you are the more intense your experience will be. If you are having problems in specific areas your practitioner can concentrate more energy there. Reiki always goes where it is needed most whether it is mental, physical, and/or spiritual. Many clients report that they felt calm, relaxed, and sometimes even tingly during their session. They always look forward to their next session. It is not uncommon for a client to present with pain and leave with none or very little. It is not uncommon for a client to report that they had seen bright colors or specific images. Reiki is relaxing but you cannot assume that each session will be the same. Each time you have a session Reiki meets you where you are at that moment and then moves you from that place closer to your unique place of balance. Acute conditions tend to balance faster than chronic conditions just as children and animals tend to respond faster than adults. The Reiki practitioner cannot predict how much Reiki an individual gets in a session; we only know that the client draws what they need at that time according to the ability of the practitioner to be a conduit for the energy. No Apparent Cleansing Process It is not necessary to have any kind of "symptoms" during or even after a Reiki treatment. It does not infer that the treatment did not work since no two individuals have the same energetic levels. Your energy is specific to you much like your fingerprint is.

The Physical Cleansing Process

Reiki stimulates your natural healing ability and this may result in the clearings becoming apparent. This means that you are becoming more open and that your energetic flow is building in strength; this is similar to a clogged drain gradually opening up and clearing. The Non-Physical Cleansing This could be a clearer sense of purpose, a release of emotions, and a deeper connection to your spiritual development. Reiki philosophy suggests that we must always heal our spirit first since clearing the body is a natural and connected method that supports healthy living. A non-physical clearing may often be at the base of a physical clearing. Reiki is beneficial in keeping your energy from becoming stuck which can stop your emotional connection to life. Cleansing is an innate process and one that is always at work. Receiving Reiki treatments does not mean that you will never get sick; it encourages the body to remove impurities as it views the body in a constant state of imbalance. The clearing process is constant, though not always perceptitible and not always recognized for what it is - a re-balancing of the body. The more Reiki you are exposed to the deeper the cleansing process. Always be compassionate to yourself, show respect to your body by listening to it and avail yourself to other health care providers whenever you feel it might be beneficial. Reiki is always there for you. I invite you to experience Reiki, a doorway to clarity and wholeness; your invitation to wellness.

What Happens After a Reiki Healing Treatment?

Many clients wonder or question what they may expect or experience during or after their Reiki session. Quite often people are unwilling to submit themselves for alternative therapies simply because they are afraid - afraid from the unexpected or the unknown. But fear is merely caused from a lack of awareness, a lack of knowledge, a lack of education or a lack of understanding. I often state that people should be involved in their own healing program, where they accept responsibility by actively participating. Of course many are resistant to this and would rather let the practitioner create the "miracle" healing. But to fully comprehend the importance of being involved so that success can be accomplished, people should realize that they must become proactive with educating themselves - this is part of being responsible to self. So here are some helpful tips to follow after receiving a Reiki healing session. Included is a daily protection plan designed to protect, cleanse and balance you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. If practised on a continuous daily basis, they will help you to maintain and enhance your overall well-being.

Benets Of A Reiki Session 1. Aligns, clears and balances chakra centres (we focus on the 7 major energy centres) 2. Alleviates associated pain 3. Promotes relaxation and balance 4. Releases energy blockages, lower vibrating energy (also called negative energy), plus toxins or impurities 5. Relieves stress 6. Supports and activates your body's natural ability to heal itself Side Effects That May Be Experienced After Treatment 1. Crying for no reason 2. Diarrhoea 3. Extreme tiredness 4. Feeling hot or cold 5. Increased urination 6. Tingling 7. Travelling aches or pains throughout body

What Can I Expect in a Typical Reiki Session?

In some ways, there is no typical Reiki session-no set protocol or length of time. Reiki can be administered by anyone who has training, which could be a professional practitioner, a healthcare provider, a friend or family member, or even you yourself if you have been trained in Reiki. Moreover, there is no typical setting: a quiet place is preferable, but Reiki can be done anywhere, no matter what else is happening either around or directly to the recipient. Moments of touch from a Reiki-trained practitioner can bring comfort in an acute or emergency situation, such as the onset of the u, or after an injury or surgery. That said, this section will explain what to expect in a full session or modied full session received from another person, either a professional or a friend who has taken at least First degree training.

Whom should I see?

To make sure that you have the best possible experience, take the time to nd and choose a practitioner (professional or friend) with whom you feel comfortable and who meets your standards. (While a friend may not have the same level of experience as a professional, if you are comfortable and open with each other, receiving Reiki from a friend can be a special bonding experience.) You'll want someone who clearly describes the process and how he or she structures the session so you have an idea of what to expect. Your actual experience of the therapy is very subjective, but knowing what the practitioner will do next will help you relax into his or her care. Also see "How Can I Find a Qualied Practitioner."

What is the setting?

A quiet setting where you are not disturbed is always desirable. Professional Reiki practitioners have a dedicated space or are experienced in creating that space when making house calls. They frequently play soft music during the session as a way of masking ambient noise, but let your practitioner know if you prefer silence. Those receiving Reiki in a hospital, hospice, nursing home, or other healthcare settings may have a shorter session (15 or 20 minutes), while some private practitioners give 90 minute sessions. Most sessions are somewhere between.

Is there an intake process?

Some practitioners have intake forms and/or conduct a health interview, especially if the practitioner has other training in healthcare or manual therapies, such as massage. However, since Reiki has developed as a folk practice rather than a healthcare intervention, many Reiki practitioners deliberately avoid the type of intake that is common in healthcare. You may be asked to sign a consent form. The practitioner will explain the process, and ask if you have any specic needs. Be sure to let the practitioner know if you have a health condition that might impact your lying at on your

back or front or if you have any areas that are sensitive to touch. In a hospital or other healthcare environment, the practitioner may ask for permission to touch.

What does the session consist of?

A complete Reiki session is offered to a fully clothed recipient who is lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably supported in a chair. Most commonly, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner's hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. The placement of the hands should never be intrusive or inappropriate, nor should there be any pressure. Additional placements on the limbs can be done as needed (for example, if there is an injury or surgical scar), and some practitioners routinely do so. The Reiki practitioner can hold her hands just off the body if needed (for example, in the presence of an open wound or burn), and some practitioners always offer Reiki in this way.

What might I experience?

"I feel very refreshed and seem to be thinking more clearly." "I think I fell asleep." "I can't believe how hot your hands got!" "I feel more relaxed than even after a massage." "My headache is gone." These are some of things people typically say after a Reiki session. The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner's hands, but sometimes the practitioner's hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner's hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body.

People often comment how comforting they nd the experience of Reiki to be. An interesting study reported that recipients frequently feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state. Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the rst session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation. Reiki is cumulative and even people who don't notice much the rst time usually have progressively deeper experiences if they continue. Besides the immediate experience of the Reiki, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the day goes on: perhaps stronger digestion, a sense of being more centered and poised and less reactive, and sleeping deeply that night.

What should I do during the session?

Once you have taken the time to nd a credible practitioner with whom you feel a rapport, what can you do to be comfortable during your Reiki experience? Not much, but here are a few suggestions: If you have music that you particularly enjoy and which is relaxing, bring it to your session and ask the practitioner to play it. You can also request silence if you prefer.

Use the rest room before your session so that you are able to lie down comfortably. Especially if you have any shyness about being touched, ask your practitioner to show you the hand placements before starting so you are very clear what to expect. Let the practitioner know your needs before you start. For example, if you have trouble breathing and lying at is uncomfortable, say so. Or mention if you have had surgery recently and don't want to be touched where the scar is still tender (the practitioner can oat her hand here). If you are pregnant or have digestive complaints, it may not be feasible to lie on your stomach. Inform your practitioner. As the session progresses, you will feel more relaxed. If you become uncomfortable, you can adjust your position at any time. Be sure to ask for anything that will add to your comfort, such as additional support under your knees or a blanket. This is your special time and your practitioner is there to help you. Receiving Reiki is a wonderfully passive experience. Don't try to relax, just letthe Reiki relax you. Your state will shift quite naturally as the session proceeds. Meanwhile feel free to daydream, enjoy the music, or simply observe your breath or the sensations of the therapy.

What happens after the session?

Do not expect a diagnosis, as that is not part of Reiki. Some practitioners may make common sense suggestions for after-care, such as drinking water and following your body's needs. Although people typically leave a Reiki session feeling refreshed, sometimes they notice feeling more tired in the evening than usual. This is not viewed as an adverse reaction, but rather as the body's natural healing response, something to be heeded. People commonly report a sense of calm and mental clarity and sleeping well afterReiki.

How many sessions should I receive?

Your practitioner may suggest a series of sessions. Four sessions is a traditional recommendation and gives you time to evaluate what benets you are receiving. Discuss with your practitioner how best to space the sessions to suit your needs and your schedule. In the presence of a serious health challenge, Reiki practitioners often recommend four sessions over four days. These need not be given by the same practitioner.