What to Expect
Your Reiki Session
Reiki is a full-body experience, each session lasting anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes. In your session, you can expect to be asked to take a seated or lying position, fully clothed. Once you feel comfortable and situated in your position, your Reiki practitioner will begin by placing their hands slightly on or above your body in various places. You are welcome to keep your eyes open or to close them, whichever feels best for you. Your comfort is a key component to your session. Blankets and pillows may be used to facilitate a more comfortable environment for your body.
Your practitioner will move their hands to different places on your body, and, the energy will automatically flow to areas where it is most needed for healing. The role of your Reiki master/practitioner becomes helping to direct and guide the flow of energy, oftentimes using multiple hand positions to connect more deeply with the energy.
Each hand position is held for two to five minutes, to ensure the energy is fully received in the area of the body that needs full expression.
Many clients fall asleep during their Reiki session, which is perfectly okay! Your practitioner will gently wake you when your session is over.
Reiki is considered its own therapy, however it’s also worth mentioning that it can and often is combined with other treatments to enhance and further compliment healing. These treatments include alternative therapies, holistic therapies, and even conventional medical practices.
What Might I Experience?
The Reiki experience is subjective and can be very different for everyone, but there are common things Reiki clients experience time and again. We’ll go over those here to give you a better idea of what you can expect from your session!
"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 the comments a Reiki practitioner typically hears after a session. Deep relaxation is often reached, some clients fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state. Clients even report a sensation of warmth or cold, tingling, sleepiness, refreshment, a reduction in symptoms, subtle pulsations where the practitioner’s hands are placed and/or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body. One study reported that clients frequently feel that they’re “hovering” in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings while also deeply indrawn.
A client’s response to Reiki is a very personal thing, and you’ll find your body and mind respond in their own way, which is exactly what we want. There is no right or wrong response to a Reiki session, and nothing you “should” or “shouldn’t” feel. For some clients, the experience of Reiki is charged and dramatic, with very clear feelings of release, refreshment, and clarity. For others, their first session may feel very subtle but still followed by feeling somehow better. As the day goes on, you may notice even more benefits surfacing as you go about your normal tasks. These can include stronger digestion, a sense of being more centered, grounded, and less reactive, and sleeping deeply that night.
It can be helpful to imagine the response you have in your first session building on itself as you continue your Reiki journey, as Reiki is cumulative and offers clients progressively deeper experiences as they continue.
Many clients find Reiki an incredibly comforting experience and find themselves looking forward to their next appointments, and I can’t wait to offer you a beautiful experience to look forward to on your own!