Reiki FAQ

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is translated as meaning "spiritually guided universal life-force", is a laying of hands form of energy healing believed to have originated many thousands of years ago and rediscovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usuiin the late 1800’s. Another definition of Reiki is the bioelectric energy that all elements of life are producing (the human heartbeat, the flap of a butterfly’s wings, the opening of a flower, etc.). A Reiki practitioner is trained to become aware of these energies in an effort to act as a conduit or extension cord. Reiki is unique but Intuitive Reiki incorporates elements from other alternative healing modalities such as meditation, chakra balancing, aura cleansing, spiritual healing, and crystals.

 
How does Reiki work?

The practitioner channels Reiki energy into the client where it heals and harmonizes the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the client. This effect can create a deep sense of relaxation. Reiki balances the vital life-force energy in the body by restoring order, removing energetic blocks, detoxifying systems, providing new vitality, and promoting an increase in the body’s ability to heal itself.

 
Does the Reiki Practitioner use his or her own energy in the healing?

Unlike some energetic and spiritual healing modalities such as Qi Gong where the healer sends energy, the recipient of Reiki plays an active part in their healing because the client unconsciously draws only enough energy to aid in their healing. Therefore, the client’s mind, body, and spirit take an active role in their healing session.

 
Do I need to remove my clothes during a session?

NO! Unlike massage, Reiki can be used without removing one’s clothing. The practitioner’s hands are placed on the body over the clothes. The practitioner’s hands may come into contact with the client’s skin when touching the face, hands, feet, and when cradling the head. If the client wears shorts or short sleeve shirts, the practitioner’s hands may touch the skin of client’s arms and legs.

 
Why would I want to see a Reiki Practitioner?

People see a Reiki Practitioner for a variety of reasons: pain, stress, emotion disfunction/stagnation, digestive issues, medication side effects, chronic illness, etc. Reiki is a gentle healing technique that touches the client on a mind, body, and spirit level without muscle manipulation or penetration of the skin. In addition, this modality empowers clients in all avenues of their life by calming the mind, body, and spirit as well as clearing away stagnation.

 
I’m not sick, so is Reiki for me?

YES! Reiki is a wonderful modality in reducing one’s overall stress and connecting oneself to the greater forces at work. Continued treatment may assist the client in developing the skills problem solve the challenges in their own lives. Reiki touches clients on a mind, body, and spirit level.

 
What to expect during a session?

During most Reiki sessions, the client will be lightly touched by the practitioner over their clothes. Light pressure may be used during the treatment, but generally does not include muscle manipulation. Towards the end of the treatment, the practitioner may use his or her hands to cradle the client’s head.

 
How frequently would I need to see my Reiki practitioner?

The answer to this question will vary from patient to patient. Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions about the frequency of treatment.

 
What can I expect from a Reiki treatment?

The benefits of Reiki will vary among patients as well as the frequency of treatment. Some patients have reported a variety of benefits including reduced pain, better quality of sleep, and greater emotional flexibility. After receiving Reiki, most clients report a deep sense of relaxation and reduced level of stress. Some clients have experienced a reduction in muscle spasms or tension. In some cases, clients have reported feeling more grounded in their body and more present in their daily life.

 
Is Reiki covered by insurance?

Currently, Reiki is not an approved for payment from most insurance companies. In order to discover whether your insurance company pays for treatment, please contact you health care insurer.