in the Usui shiki ryoho tradition
Reiki is a safe and simple hands-on healing healing technique that enhances a person’s overall sense of well being and vitality, developed by Dr. Mikao Usui of Kyoto Japan. During a Reiki session, the practitioner uses light touch to unblock and channel energy into the client's body, which is often deeply relaxing and has a harmonizing and restorative effect.
Reiki is widely recognized for its use in providing relief, promoting healing, and revitalizing the body. It can be used to gently and effectively release stagnant energy, reduce feelings of burn-out and inertia, and improve a person’s overall condition. Some common results are: improved sleep, reduced anxiety, fatigue or illness, as well as relief from headaches, indigestion, muscle cramping, and negative emotions.
Reiki is also used for managing symptoms and side effects from medication and it is used in medical settings, such as hospitals, specialized clinics, and hospices. 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 don't have to do anything other than sit or lie down. If you want to adjust your position, take a break, or end the session, you are welcome to do so - just let the practitioner know.
When a Reiki session is given, the client either lies down on a cushioned table or sits in a comfortable chair, with or without minimal background music (client's choice). They remain fully clothed the entire time; only shoes and accessories such as eyeglasses are removed. A typical session begins with a client lying on their back -- about halfway through, they will be asked to turn over to lie on their stomach. At all times, the client's comfort is prioritized. The practitioner will lightly place their hands on the client’s front and back torso, head, knees and feet. 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 most people tend to become deeply relaxed with feelings of tranquility, although some experience an increase in energy! During treatments, some have felt the sensation of becoming acutely aware of their environment while simultaneously folding into a 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.