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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Reiki?  
Reiki is a centuries-old, Japanese energy healing technique used for stress reduction, relaxation, and promoting health and wellbeing. This hands-on healing balances your mind, body, and energy to function more optimally.  You experience immense well-being and peace.  This tranquil state of being gives your body the chance it needs to rest and promotes your natural self-healing ability.
How does Reiki work? 
We are all made of energy. This energy nourishes and supports our every movement, whether through high vibration or low.  Body disruptions (pains, disease, etc…) may be related to disturbances or blockages that are found in our energy systems.  When vibrations are low, our energy flow is disrupted and may diminish our capacity to achieve higher energies. Reiki's hands-on healing infuses us with positive energy and restores our natural flow of energy or “chi”.  A relaxed body raises our vibrations and reduces or eliminates lower energies that may create negative thoughts and actions.  Reiki heals our energy to a healthier level, which in turn allows us to attain a greater awareness of all that our energy is capable of creating or achieving.


What are the benefits of Reiki?
• Deep, intense relaxation improves your state of mind, reducing anger and fight or flight reactions
• Releases tension and stress, which allows the body to experience its self-healing abilities
• Helps you feel more grounded and centered

• Improves clarity of actions and situations, to better resolve problems & heighten confidence in decision-making

• Aids in coping with pain
• Opens the mind to embrace a personal spiritual journey

• Enhances ability to meditate and/or meditate longer, with various Japanese techniques for meditation practice

How is a Reiki healing session given? 
The session can be done with the client either sitting in a chair or lying on a massage table.  The client remains fully clothed, although they will be asked to remove their shoes.  The practitioner places her hands on or near different areas of the head, shoulders, stomach, and feet.  Each hand position is held for several minutes, depending on the length of the session requested or the need deemed necessary for a particular area.  By the Code of Ethics, the Reiki healer will not touch any sensitive or private areas of the body for any reason. Your Reiki Practitioner wants you to have the most relaxing and comfortable experience possible.

What can I expect to feel after the Reiki session?  
There are many experiences one can have with a Reiki session.  Some clients find the sessions leave them with an overwhelming sense of calm and peace.  They can handle difficult situations in new ways that are less confrontational.  Others say they feel a tingling/hot sensation that energizes them. Many of my clients will drift off to sleep and some have expressed seeing visions or vibrant colors.  Still, others have said that Reiki helps clear their minds and they find decisions easier to make, some even find their minds making the decisions for them during the session.  Overall, most clients walk away feeling refreshed with a renewed sense of balance in their life.


How often should I have a Reiki session? 

Even with the first Reiki session, you'll experience a deep state of relaxation.  However, regular sessions (whether once a week or once a month) will further enhance and strengthen your relaxed state of mind on a day-to-day basis. It is recommended to schedule at least 3 sessions to receive the greatest understanding and benefit from Reiki.

Is Reiki a religion?  
No.  Reiki is not a religion. No religious practices or beliefs are offered during the Reiki healing session.  There are no rituals or practices that would be counter to any belief system. If anything, one of Reiki's true benefits helps us find an inner peace that, through continuing education helps us focus and rediscover what we've always known.  We are a powerful energy source. 
Can I use Reiki in place of medical care or physician assistance? 
No. Reiki is a non-harming, drug-free technique that helps lessen anxiety and promotes emotional, spiritual, and physical balance.  It's to be used as a complementary tool in finding ultimate success with your health and wellness program.  Never use Reiki alone for total healing.  To achieve your optimum health: mind/body/spirit, it may take Western medicine, a good diet, meditation, exercise, etc...  Reiki is one of the best techniques to include in creating a plan that helps you reach your best self. It is never used to take the place of medical care.

Can you do Reiki on my pet? 
Yes, animals naturally sense the earth's energies and respond well to sessions.  If you are receiving a Reiki session yourself, you might notice your pet moving closer to you or experiencing a calmer behavior after your session.  They soak up the energy that is offered to them and benefit just as you do.  ​

Are there any side effects from Reiki? 
Most of my clients feel an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility after their session.  However, sometimes Reiki can be so calming that it can have a cleansing effect on the body and toxins may be released.  This might bring on a headache or feelings of flu-like symptoms.  It's recommended that if this happens the client should drink plenty of water, eat lighter meals, and get more rest.  Follow-up Reiki sessions have been known to aid more quickly in the process of the body's cleansing.  However, it's important to listen to your body.  If you believe the symptoms you're experiencing require more immediate attention, contact your physician immediately.  Reiki should never be used in place of professional medical care.

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