The Reiki Experience
What is Reiki? (pronounced “ray kee”)
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It was founded by Mikao Usui after intensive study of hands-on healing methods found in Sanskrit. Reiki is administered by gently laying hands upon the fully clothed body, with the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what contributes to our state of health. If one's life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of coping with life, and being happy and healthy. It is useful on its own, as well as in conjunction with other treatment modalities. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki is a holistic treatment, as it treats the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Results range from subtle to profound.
How does Reiki work?
Reiki is amplified, pure life-force energy. Human beings are created of and animated by this life-force energy. When it is applied via a Reiki practitioner to a patient, the energy flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras and meridians, and flows through the person’s entire energetic field. This nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When the flow of life force is disrupted through life stressors, illness or disease, it leads to diminished function in bodily systems. As human beings, we all go through times when we are under mental, emotional and physical stress, which can affect our health and well-being. Reiki assists with releasing and clearing blocks to our normal energy flow, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy, natural way.
What conditions may be helped with Reiki?
One need not have a “condition” to receive the rejuvenating effects of a Reiki treatment. One may simply have a desire for deep rest and relaxation, or to experience an “energy tune-up” as a way of promoting and maintaining overall balance and health. Others may seek deeper healing support, especially when going through periods of illness and stress. Reiki facilitates a return to balance and wellness, whether alone or in conjunction with other medical supports. Those who choose Reiki are often seeking to alleviate some of these common conditions:
· Anxiety and depression
· Immune system dysfunction
· Endocrine system dysfunction
· Disease states
· Emotional trauma and grief
· Overwork, stress, exhaustion
· Headaches and body aches
How long does a treatment take and what is it like?
The patient lies fully clothed upon the Reiki table (or sits in a chair if pain is an issue). Soft, soothing music is played, unless the patient requests total quiet. Once the treatment has begun we generally work in silence. Some people even fall asleep on the table during treatment, which is perfectly fine. Afterwards we will share a bit with each other about the experience and what each of us noticed.
Treatments generally take from 45-60 minutes. This includes a little time for introductions, for the patient to rest on the table afterwards, and then to de-brief a bit about what was experienced. A Reiki Tune-up (front of the body) is ideal for those who desire to release stress and feel deeply relaxed and rejuvenated, and is scheduled for 45 minutes. A Full Body Treatment works on both the front and back of the body, and is scheduled for an hour. This type of treatment is recommended for those seeking deeper healing as outlined in the list of conditions above. For those who have never experienced Reiki or energy work, a 20 minute introduction is available. For those interested in facilitating optimal deep healing while going through a "healing crisis" or a period of deep introspection and transformation, a 4-day Reiki Intensive may be considered.
What if I have pain and cannot lie comfortably on a Reiki table?
Most people will be comfortable on a table with enough pillows and bolsters; however, Reiki can also be done with a person sitting in a chair.
How often should I have Reiki?
One should seek their own counsel in this regard. It is important that we learn to listen to, and honor, what our body is trying to tell us. If we are generally feeling well and simply seeking relaxation and replenishment, the occasional Reiki Tune-up or Full-Body will suffice. Some people come in once in awhile, and some choose to come every week or month to maintain health.
For those working with more serious health concerns, it may be useful to come once or twice per week. As noted above, If a person is feeling very ill and/or emotionally worn, or if one is in the midst of a period of intense transformation, it may be useful to schedule a “Reiki Intensive” of 4 days in a row (we will put our schedules together to see when we can both make time to achieve this goal). Shift happens!
Can I learn Reiki?
Reiki is a very simple healing modality that is easy to learn. Level one, which allows one to do hands-on work with self and others, can be learned in a weekend. Levels two and three can be learned in a day, for those interested in delving more deeply into Reiki practice. I offer Reiki training, all levels, and love to share the love! Let me know if you'd like to know more, or to sign up for training (contact info below). And of course, there are many other wonderful Reiki teachers out there, as well.
Do a little research and make sure that you are learning from a teacher who has been trained and certified in all levels of Reiki (I, II, III and Master Teacher), and has received and gives the required number of attunements (4 for level one, at least 1 for levels two and three). Please feel free to call me to learn more about my classes, to make sure that they are a fit for you.
Whidbey Island Reiki
Freeland, WA 98249
Reiki I class graduates Ellen, Michelle, Stephanie & Brian with Sue
Member of Whidbey Island Holistic Health Association