Reiki (pronounced "RAY-kee") is
an ancient energy healing art. It promotes physical and emotional healing,
stress relief, and pain reduction. It involves the transfer of energy from
the Universal Source of Life into the client, through the intention and touch of
A typical session will last about
60 minutes. The patient does NOT disrobe (although he or she will be asked
to remove shoes, large jewelry, eyeglasses, etc.), and may choose to either sit
in a chair or lie down on a table. The practitioner will place his or her
hands on or just above different areas of the body, front and back, until all
the major energy centers in the body (chakras--which are symbolized by the seven colorful little dots that are following your cursor!) have received healing energy and
are in balance. Some practitioners will also use symbols, crystals,
aromatherapy, or sound therapy as part of the session. You may wish to
discuss this with your healer in advance, especially if you have any objections
or are uncomfortable with some of these practices. Further down on this
page, I have printed a brief description of what you may expect from a session
What Reiki Is
Reiki is NOT a religion or a spiritual path in itself (although many
practitioners and clients alike say they feel a deeper spiritual connection
through Reiki). It is not a satanic practice, or a Buddhist practice, or a
Pagan practice , nor is it witchcraft or voodoo. Clients and practitioners
come from all walks of life, and have diverse spiritual beliefs. The
Universal Source of Life--from which Reiki flows--can mean different things to
different people. God/Goddess, Allah, Buddha, Shiva, Jesus, the Holy
Spirit, nature, angels, the universe itself--your belief is personal.
Healing energy EXISTS, no matter what we call it, and it is just as effective
for the Christian who believes it is the Holy Spirit as it is for the atheist
who believes it comes from little green men from Mars.
Reiki is generally calming and centering, allowing the client to relax
(physically and emotionally), which promotes healing. Reiki can also have
an energizing effect by promoting better energy flow through the body.
However, "healing" and "curing" are not necessarily the same thing. We've
all heard stories of people who were instantaneously cured of anything from
hangnails to cancer--and the reason these stories are newsworthy is that they
occur so rarely! I don't doubt their authenticity, but neither do I expect
this as the norm. Sometimes "healing" from cancer means being better able
to cope with the pain and the side effects of conventional treatment--it doesn't
necessarily mean complete and permanent spontaneous remission. "Healing"
from AIDS might be learning to accept and face one's mortality, and to come to
terms with any unresolved issues in one's life. "Healing" from chronic
neck pain might mean facing and expressing whatever feelings and emotions one is
bottling up inside, rather than a physical "curing" of the neck
What Reiki Will and Will Not Do...
In other words, if you come to me for healing, I won't promise
you that you'll walk on your broken leg in a week--or that your tumor will
disappear--or that your cardiologist will gasp in amazement at your next
physical--or that your relationships with your family, friends, and co-workers
will improve overnight. I only promise that Reiki will help you to relax,
center yourself, and allow the healing to begin from the inside out.
How much more will happen is between you and the Divine.
Every Reiki practitioner has his or her own methods, although the basic
treatment will be pretty much the same, whomever you choose.
never had Reiki before, I first explain a little about what it is, and
demonstrate on my own body the hand positions that I use. I do NOT touch
women's breasts, or the genital area or buttocks of either gender. If you
have any other areas that you do not want touched, please say so! I then
ask if there is a specific problem to be worked on (as opposed to a session just
for stress relief and relaxation), and, if I feel it's necessary, take a brief
history pertaining to the injury/illness/issue.
I start my sessions with
a prayer. I leave it up to the client as to whether this is a silent or
spoken prayer. If spoken, I try to keep it non-denominational and
respectful of all paths. I have no problem whatsoever if the client
prefers a prayer of his or her particular faith, as long as it is
respectful. If you have one you'd like to use, I encourage you to write it
down for me. You may or may not pray along with me--it's completely up to
you. Although I try to be as accommodating as possible, please note that
*my* spiritual walk requires that I start Reiki sessions with
prayer. If you are not comfortable with this, then I'm not the
practitioner for you (but I'll be glad to help you find one who suits your
If the client wishes, I may light scented candles or
incense. I love aromatherapy and dabble in it a bit, but I am NOT an
aromatherapist, and therefore will not use scent specifically as part of your
treatment. I also like to have soft music playing in the background,
unless the client prefers silence.
The client may prefer to lie down or
sit in a chair (a recliner works well for treating the front, but may be
uncomfortable for the back positions). Next, unless the client has any
objections, I draw or visualize the Reiki symbols over the body. (Although
I will not bend on the issue of prayer, I'm more flexible about the
symbols. If it makes you uncomfortable, I won't use them. Be aware,
however, that by the time I start a session, I will have already used the
symbols on myself. If you object to this, then again--I'm not the
practitioner for you; but I will try to find one for you who doesn't use
them.) I then proceed to treat the front of the body first, then the
back. Reiki flows naturally; I don't have to be silent or concentrate or
go into a trance! We can talk during treatment about anything--the
weather, sports, your life in general, or anything you'd like to get off your
chest. Do realize that a Reiki practitioner *is* a healthcare
professional, and anything you say that's more personal than "How 'bout those
Bengals?" WILL NOT LEAVE THE ROOM. Of course, some people prefer silence;
that's OK too.
I close with a prayer (the client may be asleep by this
time, so it's usually a silent one). If the client is asleep or very
deeply relaxed, I let him or her rest for a few minutes.
above, some practitioners use crystals, herbs, sound therapy, etc., as part of a
Reiki treatment. My use of incense and music is strictly for creating a
relaxing atmosphere, and is not intended to be a facet of the treatment. I
am neither trained nor certified to use any other therapies besides Reiki.
If you prefer a practitioner that uses these or other therapies in conjunction
with Reiki, I will do my best to find one for you.
I am NOT a doctor or a
nurse, but I do have a medical (veterinary) background. I will not
diagnose any injuries or illnesses, and if I think you need to see a healthcare
practitioner in a more conventional field (for either physical or emotional
problems), I will not hesitate to tell you