Almost always, the first question everyone asks with moderate skepticism and a hint of curiosity is “What is Reiki?!” I’m often surprised when someone doesn’t ask. First, I’ll give you the origination as quickly but detailed as possible, and if you hang with me long enough, I’ll paint a better picture of what Reiki is today and what you, as my client, can expect during a session.

Reiki (pronounced RAY-KEE) is a Japanese healing technique discovered in the early 1900’s by a man named Dr. Mikao Usui. The story goes that after being asked the question how Jesus healed others, Dr. Usui set out on a mountain top to fast and meditate for 21 days in an effort to know the answer to his student’s question. Frustrated and without an answer, he scaled down the mountain, fell, and injured his ankle. While sitting in pain, alone on the mountain side, a stunning white light entered the top of his head. When he placed his hands on his ankle he realized the pain dissipated. He stood on what was a previously broken ankle and continued his journey down the mountain without difficulty. He had received his answer. Through a series of intuitive ceremonies, using energetic attunement and sacred symbols, he began teaching this ancient healing art to others who desired to heal themselves and others.

Today, in modern society, practitioners still go through an attunement process with the intention of opening and clearing their channels of healing and intuition to allow the Reiki energy to flow through them. It is still said once the practitioner is grounded and prepared for a session the energy comes through the top of the head, down the arms, and out each hand connecting the Reiki energy to the client. The practitioner simply acts as a conduit and intuitively places their hands at various places on the body or within the auric field in need of balancing, clearing, or energizing. Practitioner styles can vary significantly, but a general rule is that at-least each of the seven basic chakras will be focused on during a session. Learn more about the chakra systems here.

A typical session involves my client lying on a massage table with relaxing music, getting smudged with sage, and smelling essential oils while I move my hands within their aura or place them directly on their body in areas of need. Reiki can be “hands-on” or “hands-off” with preference of the client. I’ll spend the last 10 minutes or so chatting with you about any impressions I received about the areas I worked on and listen to any experiences you’d like to share. It’s truly a fascinating practice, and I love hearing what people have to say about their experience.

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