1. Can you describe what happens in a Reiki session?
Every session is uniquely guided and tailored just for you. I do my best to create an atmosphere of calm and serenity. There is usually quiet, meditative music in background. At the beginning, you and I will sit across from each other and I will ask you what your intentions are for this Reiki session and how you think/hope Reiki energy can support you. From your answers, techniques are chosen by me and we begin the body work portion of the session.
You remain fully clothed with shoes removed and lie on the Reiki table (looks much like a massage table). If you are not wearing socks, I will provide you with a clean pair for the session. If you are chilly, I will provide a blanket. I will place my hands gently on your body in different areas. You and I are both guided by a higher wisdom and the Reiki flows through my hands and knows where to go. The Reiki is doing the healing – not me.
Remember: Vibrational-based healing arts sessions do not replace medical treatment, prescriptions or diagnoses from medical healthcare providers. Reiki has no contraindications and will not interfere with medical treatments.
2. How fast will I see results?
The immediate effects of a session can last several days. Reiki works best through cumulative sessions. Receiving sessions regularly provides deeper balancing and longer-lasting benefits. Many clients book weekly sessions at first and then book sessions for once a month, seeing me regularly in this way. If you’re dealing with a specific issue or health challenge, consider booking three sessions as a starting point. I will create a treatment plan just for you. Chronic issues tend to take longer for balance results to show up.
3. How/When/Where did Reiki begin?
The Reiki System of Natural Healing was developed in 1915 by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist monk. Master Usui originally taught Reiki as a Spiritual practice. From this practice, hands-on healing gradually evolved. As the word of Usui’s spiritual development and healing practice spread in Japan, he attracted more and more students, some of whom were medical doctors.
Through the efforts of Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who became a Reiki teacher, Usui’s teachings of this natural healing practice was codified in the mid-1920’s into a system of hands-on techniques and protocols. This is what we know as the Reiki system in the West today. Reiki first came to the West in 1936 through Hawayo Takata, one of Dr. Hayashi’s students. She practiced and taught in Hawaii, British Columbia, and California from 1936 until her death in 1980. Her dedication and commitment opened the door for the Reiki system to expand and reach people all over the world.
There is an increasing acceptance for use of Reiki in hospitals, hospices and medical centers throughout the western hemisphere due to the obvious results it produces. In these spaces, Reiki is used as as an adjunct to allopathic treatment to help manage side effects, support the transition from curative to palliative care, as well as sustain patient adherence to advice. Additionally, Reiki is often offered as part of staff care to reduce stress and burnout.
Hospices include Reiki treatment to improve quality of life and ease the end-of-life process.There are many non-profit organizations that support specific centers who offer Reiki treatment as part of their services to cancer and/or HIV patients.
4. What are the benefits of Reiki?
Most people find Reiki sessions deeply relaxing—whether in body, mind, or spirit. Reiki accelerates the body’s natural healing processes in trauma situations, and supports general overall wellness. Regular Reiki sessions can help reduce stress, alleviate or ease pain, improve immune system functioning, calm emotional distress, soothe mental disturbance, as well as enhance clarity and creativity. Many people choose Reiki sessions to facilitate their personal and spiritual growth.
5. Legally, what is required of a Reiki Practitioner to have an established Reiki practice?
Legalities vary from state to state, but most states do not require a license or registration for the following reasons: the Reiki system is spiritual healing and has no known contraindications. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose and recipients of Reiki remain fully clothed.
In the State of New York, the Reiki System of Natural Healing is classified as Spiritual Healing and does not require a license to practice. If you are practicing or wish to practice in another state you must research that state’s requirements.
6. Who can learn Reiki?
Anyone can learn the Reiki System—the entry level of training is open to all. As someone progresses in their personal practice of Reiki, they may decide to go on to professional and/or public practice. A few will go on to become full-time Reiki teachers, in addition to maintaining a personal, professional and/or public practice.
I highly recommend Reiki classes because it’s an empowering, easy way to take care of yourself. A unique aspect of Reiki is that it is very easy to learn and you can practice it on yourself. Once you’ve learned some easy techniques, you’ll have the ability to give yourself a mini-Reiki session every day, contributing to your own healing.
7. For Musicians: How would Reiki help me with my music/voice?
Reiki balances acute and chronic issues. Reiki provides clarity and calms emotional distress. You do the math. As musicians and performers, one of our jobs is to maintain an internal healthy outlook as best we can during the tumultuous audition season or during a performance or the preparation for one. In performances, we are to create and hold an atmosphere of calm for the listeners since they are there to enjoy themselves.
Musicians must keep a grueling practice schedule. Reiki can help maintain balance in the physical body as well as in your psyche. We can get lost in our heads sometimes…lost in our “story” where we can get in our own way of freely expressing the best artistry we have inside. Reiki helps to free this. Reiki balances and can help alleviate unhealthy thought patterns we may have picked up along the way and help to free your musical voice (whether you sing or play an instrument) in ways you never thought possible!