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  • Writer's picturePauline Smit Reiki

Reiki; hand on healing, your first session explained.

Through the laying of hands on or near your body, Reiki allows your body’s natural healing capacity to function more strongly, and allows the body and it energetic systems to heal itself naturally, and release unnecessary and non-beneficial influences. It realigns and balances your energy systems to enable healing.

It is one of the most well-known forms of healing through balancing the flow of energy in the body.

What to expect at your first Reiki session?

The treatments normally last for about 45 minutes.

The only item you need to remove are your shoes.

You will be asked to lie on your back on a treatment table with a blanket over you. The blanket is there to keep you warm because as the Reiki takes effect, you become very relaxed and as your heart rate and blood pressure drop, your temperature will drop too.

The session takes place with Reiki music quietly playing in the background. With your eyes closed, just witness your thoughts with no judgement and relax.

On occasion, you may fall asleep for part or all of the session. An indication of how tired you are.

Placement of hands

The Reiki practitioner places their hands on or near your body and allows healing energy to flow through their hands into your body.

No hands will be placed on private parts nor will you be touched inappropriately at any stage.

Client safety and dignity are paramount in the practitioner’s professional manner.

Reactions during treatment

During the session, you may experience sensations of warmth, or a feeling of cold or coolness. You may start to tingle or feel sensations of lightness or heaviness. You may become very hot or very cold, often you become so relaxed that your body temperature drops.

You may feel energy running through your body and you may twitch and jerk as tension releases. You may even fall asleep and snore! It may bring up old memories, some painful, some not.

You may have no reactions at all, because your level of sensitivity may be affected by your condition or stress, or you are not yet used to this type of light, delicate energy.

If you feel nothing during a treatment, don’t assume that nothing happened, it has, and you can feel the results later.

Generally, the effects of a Reiki session can last initially up to 2-3 days.

People come to us for many reasons, including grief, trauma, illness and those suffering with emotional stress.

The process of Reiki can help through all life's challenges so if you have never had Reiki before, why not give it a try.


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