What to Expect
Your Reiki Session
The client is usually in a sitting or lying position, fully clothed. The Reiki practitioner places his or her hands slightly on or above the client’s body.
According to Reiki theory, energy is thought to automatically go to the parts of the body where it's most needed. The intention on the part of the Reiki practitioner is believed to help direct the flow of energy.
The Reiki practitioner may also use hand positions around the body to ensure that no parts of the body are neglected.
Each position is held for two to five minutes. The hand positions are usually palmed down with the fingers and thumbs extended.
People may feel a deep sense of relaxation after a Reiki session. They sometimes report a sensation of warmth or cold, tingling, sleepiness, refreshment, and/or a reduction in symptoms.
A typical session can last anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes. Although it’s considered to be its own therapy, Reiki can also be combined with other complementary/alternative therapies or with conventional medical treatments.
What might I experience?
"I feel very refreshed and seem to be thinking more clearly."
"I think I fell asleep."
"I can't believe how hot your hands got!"
"I feel more relaxed than even after a massage."
"My headache is gone."
These are some of things people typically say after a Reiki session.
The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner's hands, but sometimes the practitioner's hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner's hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body.
People often comment how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be. An interesting study reported that recipients frequently feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state. Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.
Reiki is cumulative and even people who don't notice much the first time usually have progressively deeper experiences if they continue. Besides the immediate experience of the Reiki, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the day goes on: perhaps stronger digestion, a sense of being more centered and poised and less reactive, and sleeping deeply that night.