So you’ve heard about Reiki…this hands-on practice that gently reduces stress, eases pain, and releases blocked physical and/or emotional energy, while supporting all other integrative and mainstream therapies…
Wow, you could use some of that!
So you schedule your session….
…and we meet! The room at Catonsville Counseling and Wellness is peaceful and welcoming; we sit down and chat for a few minutes as you share your reason for coming. If you’ve filled in your Reiki Client Information Form, we talk about it; otherwise, I’ll go through the questions with you.
What Happens During a 90-Minute Introductory Session?
Next, I invite you to make yourself comfortable on the table – clothes on, no awkward disrobing – give you a pillow, blanket and bolster as needed, and let you relax while I turn on the music. After a few minutes I will cradle your head gently in my hands as I give a brief guided visualization to help you connect with your Higher Power(s), and the treatment begins.
In addition to the guided visualization, a 90-minute session includes a scan of your energy body and chakras; the full series of Usui/Holy Fire hand placements; and the Metta Reiki sequences for emotional/spiritual support.
You’ll feel my hands gently placed: in most places my hands are barely touching you, and near sensitive spots I hold my hands an inch above your body. There’s no pressure or rubbing; no oils, creams, or lotions; Reiki is a transmission of pure energy rather than a manipulative therapy such as massage.
You may feel heat or tingling around my hands; this is your own body’s chi (life force energy) rising to meet the Reiki energy. You may feel your digestive system gurgling or your stomach rumbling – this is perfectly normal! You will very probably find yourself sinking into a deep relaxed state, or possibly even falling asleep….also normal. Some people have dreams or other spiritual experiences during a Reiki session…because Reiki is a spiritually guided practice, many people find themselves feeling in closer touch with their spirit and/or soul afterward.
Depending upon your needs, you may experience emotional release, physical relief from pain, or other shifts during the session. It’s just energy moving, and it’s all good; Reiki corrects the imbalances in your body/mind/spirit.
I move from your head to your feet several times in a session…when it is over, you will feel air whooshing over your body as I brush down your aura, clearing away any lingering energies that were released. You’ll hear a Tibetan bell ringing to signal the end of the session, and I invite you, when you are ready, to open your eyes and return your awareness to the room. As you sit up, I give you a glass of water and invite you to share your experience and ask any questions that may have come to mind.
What Happens in a 60-Minute Session?
A 60-minute session is usually part of an ongoing series to follow up after an introductory session…but in special cases new clients may choose this option. This session does not include the guided visualization and special Metta Reiki sequences, but does include the energy field and chakra scans and full Usui/Holy Fire series of hand placements.
What Happens After the Session?
You will probably feel very relaxed and happy, or possibly sleepy. As your energy blockages continue to release over the following hours, you may experience physical and/or emotional shifts: for example, bowel movements if you were constipated, or emotional releases if you were consciously or unconsciously repressing feelings or memories.
Bear in mind that these mind/body/spirit shifts are indications that blocked energy is moving. To help the process of releasing physical and energetic toxins, try these tips:
- Drink plenty of water to flush out your system.
- Avoid attaching to emotions; instead, release the energy through writing, art, dance, singing, drumming, or physical exercise.
- Soak in a warm bath with Epsom Salts, or use an Epsom salt scrub in a warm shower; this also helps your body to release toxins while providing the calming effects of magnesium.
If you become concerned about your experience at any point, call me for post-session phone support and distant Reiki (15 minutes free, any time of day or night – just click the link at the bottom of the page) and – most important – reach out to your medical, spiritual, emotional, or psychological support system.
Reiki functions best as one part of a complete wellness program, easing stress and supporting you in moving past physical or energetic blocks. Schedule your introductory session today – or come to a workshop to experience a sample treatment!