in the Usui shiki ryoho tradition
When a Reiki session is given to a client, the client either lies down on a cushioned table or sits in a comfortable chair. The client remains fully clothed the entire time; only the shoes and accessories (e.g. eyeglasses) are removed. The practitioner will lightly place their hands on the client’s front and back torso, head, knees and feet, and extra hand placements may be added in. The practitioner will never place their hands on the client in an intrusive or
inappropriate manner or manipulate or massage the body. The practitioner may instead hover their hands slightly above a client, if the client prefers to not have direct physical contact.
Reiki is a subjective experience and many clients tend to become deeply relaxed while others become quickly energized. During treatments some clients have felt the sensation of becoming acutely aware of their external environment while simultaneously folding into a meditative dream-like state. Others simply fall asleep or don't feel much at all, which is perfectly fine too. Every Reiki treatment is different and it is most important to enjoy the experience of Reiki without trying to generate a specific feeling or outcome.
Reiki is a holistic healing technique that enhances a client’s overall sense of well being and vitality. A practitioner uses light non-manipulative touch to unblock and channel energy into a client, which is often deeply relaxing and has a harmonizing and restorative effect.
Reiki is widely recognized for its use in providing relief from all kinds of pain and stress. It can be used to gently and effectively release stagnant energy, reduce feelings of burn-out and inertia and improve a client’s overall condition. Clients often report improved sleep, reduced anxiety and increased feelings of contentment. Reiki is also used for managing symptoms and side effects from medication and it is on the cusp of becoming a mainstream service provided to hospital patients. One cannot overdose on Reiki and Reiki is safe for everyone.
Receiving Reiki is a wonderfully passive experience. It is your time to relax and you won’t have to do anything. If you have certain music that you’d like to listen to or if you prefer silence let the practitioner know. If you want to adjust your position or end the session, you may do so at any time.