before a session

  • The client lays on the massage table, fully clothed. A bolster is placed underneath the calves / knees to improve circulation.
  • The client and practitioner discuss the client’s intention for the session – what kind of positive energy should they focus on sending? This can range from anything from diminish physical pain or emotional stress, to even a simple mantra such as “clarity”.
  • The practitioner typically gives a new client some insight into what the experience should feel like. The client will place her hands on the client (no more than the weight of a nickel), on different parts of their body. The client may feel tingling or heat sensations during this.
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during a session

  • The client’s eyes should be shut, hands at sides, and talking during the session should be at a minimum. (Obviously speak up if you’re uncomfortable or have a question, but the majority of the session should be peaceful/ silent.)
  • The client should focus their mind and presence on their Happy Place. This is a place where they feel most calm, comfortable, and free, and where they can be in a meditative state. Any thoughts that come by can be acknowledged, but they should try to keep their concentration in this Happy Place.
  • The practitioner either lays hands lightly on client or hovers them over their body. Since the practitioner is working in the client's abstract energy field, touch is not always necessary.

 

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after a session

An immediate positive response by clients is almost always expressed. Decreased or elimination of pain is common. A better night’s sleep is also common. Individuals who were previously feeling anxious often report a high level of relaxation and well-being.

distant sessions

Since energy flows through all things, including air, long- distance sessions are available in Reiki. The practitioner focuses on sending universal energy to the client as if they were there in-person. Long-distance sessions have been said to be just as effective as those in-person.