The following FAQs may help answer some of the questions surrounding this wonderful and somewhat mysterious healing practice.
Q: What kind of energy is being stimulated or moved in the body during a Reiki session?
A: The energetic body of the client is being stimulated. Each living thing has a physical form as well as an energetic signature. This is a very subtle type of energy, different from electromagnetic or chemical energetic signatures. Picture the magnetic field surrounding a magnet; our human energy signature is similar.
Q: Where does Reiki energy come from?
A: Reiki energy comes from Source. Each practitioner calls on his or her Higher Power to bring energy into themselves and then channels that energy into the client through their hands. This higher power differs for each practitioner. Some call on religious figures such as Jesus or the Goddess, others simply on the power of nature. The beauty is truly the in the mystery itself — Reiki lives on the edge of wonder. I am consistently amazed by the clarity and closeness Reiki allows me to feel with my clients, and I feel requiring a full scientific explanation would diminish that sense of awe.
Q: How does a practitioner feel what a client needs?
A: With practice and a training component called attunements, which physically expand the practitioner’s core of energy, a practitioner’s hands become more and more sensitive to energy excesses, blockages and deficiencies in a client’s body and chakras. Learning sensitivity takes time and is the single most difficult but effective way to help read what a client needs.
Q: Do I have to believe in a certain Reiki God for it to work?
A: No, you do not have to believe in a certain god. Reiki is a spiritual practice, not a religion or religious practice. The only thing a client needs is an open mind.
Q: What is the difference between Traditional Japanese Technique and other forms of Reiki?
A: Traditional Japanese Technique, or TJT for short, is a more intense, more personalized style of Reiki than other forms being practiced in the US and Canada, which are usually called Western Reiki. Western Reiki consists mainly of placing the hands on a client’s body in a set series of positions. It can be learned in a few hours and the certification process can even be completed online in some cases. TJT, however, takes at least a year of training — mainly because it is more diagnostic. TJT focuses more on finding and fixing specific issues with each client.
Q: What happens during a typical Reiki session?
A: The first session is called an intake session and lasts about 90 minutes. The client fills out a form listing their basic medical history and their wellness goals, then we have a chat about their physical and emotional health. I may ask questions such as, “How are things at home?”, “How often do you drink or smoke?”, “Do you have any past injuries?” and “How is your work life?” I try to gauge the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health of a client first.
After the intake chat, I have the client lay on a table in whatever position is most comfortable and begin what is called ‘scanning’. This involves running my hand over the client’s body, but a few inches away. Unlike a massage therapist who would be feeling for knots or tension, I am feeling for energy excesses and deficiencies, which can be sensed without touching the body.
After scanning for problems, I do a ‘general fill’. This involves pulling Reiki energy from Source and channeling it into the client’s body. I usually do so by holding my hands a few inches away from the client’s solar plexus.
The rest of the session is spent trying to soothe any pains caused by blockages and nurture the client’s own energy and chakras. I also aim to balance the client’s flow of energy, allowing the body’s natural healing abilities to engage.
Q: What happens in a Distance Healing session? How is Distance healing even possible?
A: Energy does not need to follow the same rules and parameters that physical matter must follow. Energy is more fluid and operates on the quantum level. Thus, I am able to put myself into a meditative state, focus on a person’s energy, and then connect with that energy from anywhere in the world. (Anyone can do this with proper training and practice!) Once I am connected, I can feel a person’s needs and work to heal their body, mind and spirit.
Some practitioners like to be on the phone or FaceTime with the client during a distance session; I prefer not to. I actually try to work when the client is asleep, so they are fully relaxed. I record what I do in writing or via a voice file and then send those notes to the client the next day.
Q. Can Reiki be used in lieu of medical treatment or medicine?
A: This is a tough question. The answer may be yes for certain simple problems, such as mild to moderate insomnia or something requiring pain relief, like a pulled muscle or headache. However, in the majority of cases, I believe Reiki to be complementary medicine. My personal beliefs are that Reiki should never be used as a substitute for antibiotics, SSRIs or other mental health medications, chemotherapy, vaccines or any other medication that a client’s physician deems appropriate. A healthy diet and adequate water intake are also important to a client’s overall health — Reiki cannot sustainably erase the problems of nutritional mismanagement.
Q: Do you take insurance?
A: Unfortunately, no. Reiki is not state-regulated the way acupuncture or massage are, so we are unable to contract with insurance companies.
Q: Can I pay with my Health Savings Account or Flex Spending Account?
A: Yes. I can take payments made through a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account (FSA).
Q: Do you offer sliding scale pricing?
A: Yes, I offer sliding scale pricing if the set rate presents a financial hardship. It’s very important to me as a businessperson to keep the principle that no one is ever turned away because of financial reasons.
Q: Do you teach people how to use Reiki?
A: Yes. Please click on my Classes tab to learn more about each class.