Frequently Asked Questions
You may have heard of the word, “Reiki,” but it’s common that it ends there. The following are questions people ask me often; I hope they’re helpful. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, feel free to ask me directly at [email protected]. You can also read about my Why Reiki? page to learn more.
What does the word “Reiki” mean?
Reiki is a Japanese word. In the Japanese written language, we use two syllabaries (hiragana and katakana which is used to describe Western words) and adopted Chinese characters (kanji). Pronounced Ray Key, it’s written as レイキ (although Reiki originated in Japan, many forms that are practiced there today are imported back from the West) in katakana or as 靈氣 (old written style) or 霊気 in kanji. It compounds the words “Rei” (spirit) and Ki (energy). The Japanese language can be complex with many homophones and different levels of meanings in a word. It’s a good idea to seek a definition from its context when translating. Reiki is commonly interpreted as universal life energy.
What is the history of Reiki?
Mikao Usui 臼井甕男 (August 15, 1865 - March 9, 1926) is regarded as the founder of what is known to be the Reiki System of Natural Healing today. Usui Sensei (Master Usui) was a lay monk with a wife and two children, and he’s said to have had a variety of occupations throughout his life. His teachings are one of the main foundations of Reiki that’s practiced around the world. Although there are only a few documents which accurately illustrate a clear picture of Usui Sensei and his life, the text on his memorial stone in Tokyo written by his students gives us a glimpse into his spiritual quest. It explains Usui Sensei experiencing the great big burst of Reiki energy into his head on the twenty-first day of his intense fast and meditation. He not only became enlightened but also received the Reiki System of Natural Healing on Mount Kurama in Kyoto. This most likely happened in 1922. During the last four years of his life, Usui Sensei traveled around Japan, offering his teachings to over two thousand students. And sixteen of which were trained as Reiki Masters. To this day, his teachings are passed on from Master Teachers to their students all over the world.
What are the benefits of Reiki treatment?
Here are some of the commonly reported benefits of Reiki treatment:
- Brings deep relaxation, feelings of peace and improved sleep
- Reduces stress, tension, and anxiety
- Alleviates or eases pain, aches and physical discomfort
- Compliments any medical treatment
- Aids recovery process from injuries and surgery
- Supports substance abuse recovery
- Improves digestive, immune and circulation systems
- Brings clarity to mind and improves focus
- Improves self-esteem and confidence
- Facilitates a sense of being centered, grounded and creates a deeper connection to purpose
- Improves sense of boundaries and self-respect and enhances personal awareness
- Releases old patterns to promote healing and change
- Supports life and career transitions
- Releases emotional blockage and suppressed feelings
- Cleanses the body from toxins
- Improves energy levels
- Supports grieving process
What are the common misconceptions about Reiki?
Here are statements that clarify some of the common misconceptions about Reiki treatment:
- Reiki treatment is not a religious practice
- Reiki treatment is not a replacement for medical care. It complements medical treatment.
- Reiki treatment is not a cure for a disease or illness or the answer for all. It’s not a quick fix to a problem either.
- Reiki treatment is not a massage. It does not involve physical manipulation of the muscles.
- Reiki treatment is not harmful or invasive.
How is the session structured?
Our session begins with a conversation. So that you can feel comfortable with me as your practitioner, as I explain my process and answer any questions you may have. You can also use this time to tell me about you and whatever else you want to share with me. After our conversation, I will ask you to lay on the massage table face up, fully clothed without shoes. I will practice Reiki by gently laying my hands on your body in various hand positions. I often ask my clients to turn over and lay face down after a while. Each session is different as it is catered to you and your needs. Feel free to reach out with any questions; I’m here to help.
What do I do during the treatment?
Short answer – nothing. Receiving Reiki is a passive experience. All you have to do is to make sure you’re comfortable while lying on the massage table. Please don’t hesitate to let me know your needs, before, during and after our session. No need to focus on “receiving” healing or even think about feeling better. Just be as you are and let the Reiki flow through you. Many people fall asleep, and that’s absolutely okay. Reiki is effective whether you’re conscious or not. And it may be your body’s way of better restoring balance.
What can I do to get the most out of the session?
Our session time is for you. Time for you to let go and relax, so that Reiki energy can flow for the healing to take place effortlessly. What matters the most is that you’re comfortable. So please don’t hesitate to communicate your needs before, during and after our session. I’m here to help you on your self-rediscovery journey.
Here are a few practical tips that may be useful to make the best out of our session:
- Dress comfortably. It’s a good idea to bring loose fitting pants if you’re dressed in tight jeans or a skirt on the day of our session.
- Remove belts and big jewelry.
- Eat lightly before the session. I don’t want you to be starving during our session or uncomfortably full.
- Give yourself enough time for travel and arrive 5 minutes before the session. So that you have enough time to settle in.
- I usually play music quietly during the session to create a soothing environment. And also to disguise noise (I do practice in NYC), but please let me know if you prefer silence.
- Make sure to let me know about any part of the body that you don’t want to be touched.
- Use the restroom before the session (but it’s okay if you have to go during the treatment, too).
- Feel free to adjust your position at any time during the session, if you become uncomfortable. It’s perfectly okay to scratch an itch, too!
- I usually don’t talk during the treatment so that you can fully relax and enjoy it, but please don’t hesitate to speak up if anything comes up.
What will I feel during the session?
The experience of receiving a Reiki treatment is subjective. Feeling heat or/and subtle movement from my hands, seeing colors or scenes and having emotional responses are some of the common reactions I hear after sessions. Slipping into a deep meditative state of peace and relaxation, where it feels like you’re sleeping yet are aware of your surrounding seems to be another common experience. It may feel like you’re traveling in a different space with no sense of time. If you had pain, you might feel less of it.
Each session is unique as every Reiki experience is personal: You may or may not notice sensations during treatment. It can be dramatic or subtle or even uneventful. Regardless, what’s most important is what is happening in your body by receiving a Reiki treatment – balancing within so that it can rediscover its ability to heal itself. For many people, it’s a deeply relaxing experience. And you almost immediately feel calm and relaxed. This is because your nervous system switches over to the “rest and digest” healing mode (meaning, the parasympathetic nervous system or PNS is relatively more active) from the “fight and flight” reactive mode (meaning, the sympathetic nervous system or SNS is relatively more active). Most people report feeling refreshed and relaxed. But you may also feel more tired after the session, needing more sleep, as your body responds to its natural healing ability.
Is receiving one treatment enough?
Reiki treatment can be beneficial in short term circumstances, and a single session may be sufficient. If you have long-standing physical or emotional conditions, a series of sessions may be helpful. It’s a good idea to receive Reiki treatment on a regular basis, as it can maintain your balance and well-being as well as supporting you through your self-discovery journey. Check in with how you feel and we can discuss individually, based on your needs.
What are the accepted payment methods?
I accept cash or PayPal payments. Payment is due at the time of treatment.
What is the cancellation policy?
I understand things happen. If you must cancel, please let me know via email, text or call at least 24 hours before the time of your scheduled appointment. Any appointments missed or not canceled with 24-hour notice will be charged in full.
To get the best out of your Reiki session afterward, it may be helpful to:
- Eat healthy food
- Go easy on caffeine and alcohol
- Be good to yourself and do things that make you happy
- Cuddle with animals; they love Reiki energy
- Relax and rest well. Sleep longer if you need to
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Reiki System of Natural Healing is a non-invasive, gentle, yet powerful method of healing technique. It never causes harm. Reiki practice is not a cure for a disease. It does not replace medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, but is a great complement to both traditional and alternative medicine. Reiki is widely practiced in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Reiki treatment is not a religious practice. It’s not a massage, either. So what is it? Please check out my Why Reiki? page or FAQs page to learn more. I’m here to help, feel free to email me at [email protected] or text or call at 347.509.6455 with any questions.