- Questions and Answers -
Q. What is the meaning of the word "Reiki"?
A. "REI" is the Higher Intelligence that guides the creation & functioning of the Universe, the wisdom that comes from the Universe, which is all knowing & understanding the need for & cause of all problems & difficulties & how to heal them. "KI" is Life-force Energy that flows through every living thing – plants, animals & people. When these words are put together the meaning 'REIKI' is simplified as 'Universal Life-force Energy' a spiritual energy guided by a subtle wisdom to balance, heal & harmonize all aspects of the person, body, mind, emotions & spirit.
Q. How often do I need to have a Reiki treatment ?
A. Although even one Reiki session can make a difference, it is usually more beneficial to have a course of regular treatments. This may be weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on the needs of the individual. A treatment plan will be discussed with you, and reviewed as necessary. This will always be subject to your own preferences, and can be changed at any time according to progress.
Q. How is a Reiki treatment given?
A. In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the client's body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and the feet. Other more specific positions may be used based on the client's needs. Each position is held for 3 to 10 minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs in each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.
Q. What does a Reiki treatment feel like?
A. What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. However, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. As the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state of peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.
Q. What can be treated with Reiki?
A. Reiki has had a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvements in ones physical and psychological condition are what most experience.
Q. Is it safe for pregnant women?
A. Since Reiki is guided by the Higher Power, the Reiki energy will know the condition of the client or student and adjust appropriately. Reiki can only do good. Many pregnant women have received treatments with benefit to them and their unborn child, it has also being used during childbirth.
Q. What about babies?
A. Babies love Reiki. It is very healthy for them. Do not worry about it being too strong. Reiki automatically adjusts to what the baby needs.
Q. Can Reiki treat animals and plants?
A. Animals love Reiki too. They seem to have a natural understanding or what Reiki is and its benefits. Once a pet has received a Reiki treatment, they will often let you know that they want more. Plants also respond well to Reiki.
Q. Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?
A. Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by the Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes, a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is a good sign.