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What is Reiki? Part Three
In recent years Reiki has become well known as an alternative healing technique and has been widely practiced. The first important thing to know and understand is that Reiki, or any other alternative treatment should never take the place of treatment and advice of a licensed medical doctor or practitioner. Reiki, however, can be an effective complimentary treatment that can enhance your regular medical treatment.
A Reiki treatment session begins very much like a massage therapy session. You can expect to be in a private room or area and the Reiki treatment will be performed while you lie on a massage table. You will be asked to wear very loose fitting comfortable clothing and to remove jewelry. You will have a sheet or blanket for cover and be offered pillows to ensure your comfort. The practitioner should have relaxing meditation type music playing and there may be incense or some form of aromatherapy being used.
The practitioner will ask permission to touch you. If you are not comfortable being touched, be sure to tell your practitioner as Reiki is just as effective without touch.
The practitioner will then do a scan of your body to get a feel for your energy and where you may have issues that need energy healing work. The scan is done by simply moving the hands over the whole body without touch. The practitioner will probably ask you questions while doing the scan. Communication with your practitioner is important; don’t be shy about interacting with your practitioner.
After the scan the treatment will begin. The practitioner will place their hands gently on your head or shoulders. Reiki is a light touch treatment so the touch will be very gentle with minimal pressure. The practitioner will move through the treatment hand positions until they have covered your entire body. During your treatment your practitioner may blow on you or give a sharp hand clap. This is generally done when working to remove a blockage and is part of the treatment process.
It is important to know that a Reiki practitioner should never touch you directly in any private area. If this happens you should leave the session as the practitioner is not behaving in a professional or acceptable manner.
While receiving your treatment you will begin to feel very warm and relaxed. Many people enter a light meditation state. You may experience a variety of sensations during your treatment. You may see colors, feel tingling sensations, experience intense emotion, have flashback memories, smell different scents, or any combination of sensory perceptions. Communicate what you experience to your practitioner.
After your treatment lie still as long as you need to. Do not try to get up too fast as many clients feel intoxicated for a little while. You may also feel dizzy, light-headed or very euphoric. Relax and take your time.
During the week or so after your treatment you may go through a detoxification. Reiki will release blocked energies on all levels of your being and any physical blockages released need to be eliminated from your body. You may have symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, low grade fever, sweats, or other symptoms. This is normal after a Reiki treatment, but if it persists for more than a day see your physician as there may be another medical condition causing the symptoms.
Reiki works on all levels of being, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The Reiki energy goes to any area needed and begins the healing process. You may need more than one session to accomplish the healing needed. I am sure that you will want more treatments as a Reiki treatment is such a positive and euphoric experience.