Reiki is an energy-healing therapy that treats the whole person—emotionally, physically, and spiritually—through the transmission of universal life energy to balance and strengthen the body’s energy centers, or Chakras, based on Eastern techniques.
Japanese for “universal life force” or “the energy inherent to all creation,” Reiki is a healing art and science. This non-manipulative, hands-on healing technique helps to stimulate immune system function and maximize an individual’s innate healing potential.
This modality uses hand positions on or above parts of the body that correspond to the major organs and energy centers, such as the heart or adrenal glands. The purpose of Reiki is to increase the self-healing power inherent in all, to directly connect an individual to universal life source energy.
Some of its benefits include helping patients heal faster with less pain; reducing stress and improving mental attitude; increasing appetite; and helping to reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical procedures. Practitioners and clients report help with stress, headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, sprains, and other minor conditions. Energy work also promotes psychological healing, including release of anger, fear, worry, sadness, and other unhealthy feelings, and replaces them with self-worth, confidence, and tranquility.
Becoming increasingly popular with the medical community, Reiki as a standard part of hospital care in more than 800 hospitals across the United States.
Below, Coach Laura Richer, CHt, performs Reiki on a client.
What to Expect
To make sure that you have the best possible experience, take the time to find and choose a practitioner with whom you feel comfortable and who meets your standards. At Richer Healing, Coach Laura offers a complimentary consultation for new clients to ensure that we are a good fit to work together.
Laura’s office has dedicated space for Reiki, where we play soft music during the session as a way of masking ambient noise; however, if you prefer silence, that is acceptable as well. During your session, you will remain fully clothed, lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably in a chair.
Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. Additional placements on the arms or legs can be done as needed (e.g., if there is an injury or condition that would benefit from additional focus on that area). The experience of a treatment is subjective and can be subtle or profound. You could experience heat from Laura’s hands, or sometimes her hands feel cool or even cold.
Clients often comment on how relaxing they find Reiki to be. Others report feeling that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness while still being aware of their surroundings. Some people fall into a deep, sleep-like dream state. The experience of Reiki can be dramatic; however, for some people, the first session in particular might be uneventful, although they feel better afterward.
The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation. If you become uncomfortable, you can adjust your position at any time. Be sure to ask for anything that will add to your comfort, such as additional support under your knees or a blanket. This time is for you, and we are here to help. Receiving energy work treatment is a passive experience. You don’t need to try and relax or control your thoughts; just let Reiki relax you. Feel free to daydream, listen to the music, focus on your breathing, or simply enjoy the sensations of the therapy.
Reiki is cumulative, and even people who don’t notice much the first time usually have deeper experiences if they continue with the therapy. You might notice other changes occurring as the day goes on—perhaps a sense of relaxed well-being, better digestion, and deeper sleep. People typically leave an energy work session feeling refreshed; many notice feeling more tired than usual in the evening or slightly more emotional. This is not an adverse reaction, but rather the body’s natural healing response. Honor whatever wants to be healed, and be kind and gentle with yourself after a treatment.
How can Reiki help me?
Energy work helps to bring the mind, body, and spirit into alignment with one’s highest potential. It puts the body into a state of relaxation where healing can happen. Receiving Reiki helps alleviate physical pain; detox the body; reduce stress; manage anxiety; process feelings of sadness, grief, or loss; and promote general well-being. Reiki can help clients find peace, clarity, and purpose.
What is a Chakra?
Chakra is Sanskrit word that means wheel. There are seven chakras in the body that each correspond to different body parts and emotions. They are the second part of the energetic system that is important to Reiki. Often, blocked energy in our seven chakras can lead to illness. Reiki works to clear those blocks and assist energy in moving freely through the body.
What should I do to prepare for Reiki?
You don’t need to do anything to prepare for a Reiki session. Just wear comfortable clothes and arrive ready to relax.
What will happen during my session?
Every Reiki session is different. You might experience are a sense of deep relaxation, sense colors, experience childhood or past memories, or release emotions. Regardless of how you experience a Reiki session, you will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.
How quickly will I see results from Reiki?
In most cases, the relaxation and stress-relieving benefits of Reiki will be immediate. Clients often will see significant result within 3 to 5 sessions. Those addressing more complex physical and/or emotional issues might require more sessions. Many clients incorporate Reiki as part of their weekly or monthly self-care regiment.
Watch a Client Testimonial on Reiki