1.) What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of treatment that utilizes universal energy to promote relaxation, stress reduction, and healing. It is typically performed with the recipient lying on a massage table (clothed). Practitioners can put hands directly on the body or hold them and inch or so above the body. I utilize a hands-above approach in order to maintain boundaries with clients. This also allows people who have difficulty with touch to be relieved of the anxiety associated with it.
2.) What will I feel during a Reiki session?
This is a very individual experience. Some people don’t feel anything. Many describe feeling warmth or tingling. Some even see color in their minds’ eye. Your experience of this does not indicate what you got out of the session. It only reflects your perception of the energy and not the healing that took place. Most people feel deeply relaxed during a session and many even fall asleep on the table.
3.) Can Reiki cure illness?
Reiki assists the body in healing itself. All healing is self-healing. While people can experience significant improvements in their health and well-being, Reiki practitioners do not claim to cure anything with Reiki.
4.) What can Reiki treat?
Reiki assists in healing the individual on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. As a result, it is very versatile and can be used to promote relaxation, improve sleep, to treat minor physical ailments such as headaches and stomachaches, to assist in treating more serious illnesses (in conjunction with other treatments), to assist in treating depression, anxiety, etc. There are really no limits as to how it can be used.
5.) What are the benefits to learning Reiki?
By learning Reiki, you obtain a life-long tool to help yourself and others to heal.
6.) How long are the classes?
Reiki I and II are both 1 day classes lasting about 8 hours each. By taking Reiki I, you gain basic understanding of Reiki and can utilize it the rest of your life to treat yourself and others. In Reiki II, you deepen your understanding by adding more advanced techniques. Going onto Reiki III or the Master Teacher level, I recommend only for those who intend to make Reiki a major part of their lives/career in terms of working professionally as a practitioner and/or teaching others.