About Reiki- Understanding how it works and what to expect from a treatment

Most clients who come to me for treatment know about Reiki at least in a general sense. However sometimes when I mention to others that I do treatments then they will ask about Reiki and how it works. Clients too will sometimes ask me what they can expect to experience durring a session and so I have decided to write about Reiki and what to expect during treatment for my first blog post.

Understanding what Reiki is

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Reiki is a form of energy healing whereby a trained practitioner will place their hands above or on a person’s body in a series of hand positions. This practice uses “life force energy” or “the energy of the universe” which is channeled directly from source and it will be performed while the client is fully clothed. The hand positions typically follow the Chakra systems of the body although it can also be performed intuitively.

Reiki is a Japanese word which when broken down means “Divine wisdom or the higher self” (Rei) and “life force energy or breath of life” (ki). Through the transmission of life force energy or “Reiki” a person can become more attuned to their own internal wisdom (the higher self) or the wisdom of the universe.

What does a reiki treatment feel like for a client?

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This can vary from person to person. What a person experiences during Reiki can most often depend upon how sensitive they already are to feeling energy. Although one thing is for sure, Reiki is almost always very relaxing! Most often people will experience a sensation of calm or reassurance that all is well.

Other experiences can include the sensation of hot, cold or seeing colors. Muscle spasms or jerking can also occasionally occur during reiki treatments. This experience is somewhat uncommon although it is actually a very good sign. It is showing that the body is responding to the treatment by trying to release blocked or stuck energy. This is a sensation that I myself often experience during self treatment.

Another somewhat unusual experience is the sensation of multiple hands working over the body. Although the experience of this can undoubtedly be somewhat strange, again it is a good sign that there are spiritual guides or angels helping to assist the healing process. It can also be a sign that the practitioners etheric hands are moving inside the body of the client to aid healing within deeper tissues or organs.

However, If you do not feel anything at all then don’t worry! This can happen too and it is not altogether uncommon either. It does not mean that the treatment is not working. The more you learn to relax and become attuned to the energy then the more you will start to feel sensations that you will identify. It can sometimes take around 15 minutes for a person to relax deeply enough to begin to sense energy.

How to take care of yourself before and after a treatment

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Before your session you ought to take plenty of time to relax! This will help you to get the most benefit out of your session. 1-2 hours beforehand you might want to meditate or practice mindfulness, if you are familiar with such practices. If you have never meditated before then don’t worry, just try to stay away from stressful situations or environments and even other people whose behavior you find disruptive or toxic. It may also be a good idea to turn off your phone and spend some time alone, away from your computer or other technological distractions.

Before your treatment become aware of exactly what is going on for you emotionally and physically. Is there pain in the body? Do you have fear, anger or anxiety and if so where is it located within your body? Tell your Reiki Practitioner about these sensations in the body, emotional or physical, as it may help him or her to pinpoint exactly where on the body to focus during your treatment or what Reiki symbols to use on you to maximize your healing. If there are any other physical or emotional problems that you have suffered with, either that week or in the past, it would also be a good idea to make your practitioner aware of this.

Make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol or other recreational drugs 24 hours before and 48 hours after your treatment. It is extremely important to stay hydrated as this will help you to release toxins from the body, aiding your healing. Your sensitivity will also be increased after a treatment. This is why the use of alcohol or other drugs is really not recommended as it may make you feel slightly sick during or after your treatment. Should you choose to use such substances however, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that the treatment won’t work.

Other substances that you may want to limit or decrease your use of include nicotine and caffeine. You may also find that you are drawn towards eating certain types of foods that you wouldn’t normally eat. Take time to listen to your body and respond to what it is telling you. Do not force yourself to overdo it after your treatment. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Believe it or not your body really does know best and it is the greatest indication of what is going on for you. Trust in its Divine wisdom and inner knowing and it will never steer you wrong.

After your treatment it is also a good idea to reflect or meditate on the sensations within your body. What is different? Do you feel lighter like you have released old emotional blockages? Or maybe you feel physically different even with less pain in your body? It is not uncommon to feel emotional after a treatment and to experience things such as anger or grief. Believe it or not this is also a sign that the treatment has worked. Allow the process of feeling the emotions to unfold and as best as you can be present with them. Go towards these emotions and send them love enabling them to be fully felt and experienced. Trying to resist emotions such as anger or sadness or trying to bypass them to reach a more enlightened state will make it more difficult for you to heal.

Any worries or concerns?

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If you experience anything during or after your treatment that concerns you in any way then you can contact your practitioner to talk things over. Reiki is never meant to replace things such as medical treatment for mental health or physical issues but nonetheless it can work wonders for the emotional, mental and physical body. None of the practices listed here are compulsory but they are just listed as a way of enabling you to get the most out of your treatment and to stay healthy afterwards.

Anything else?

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I am glad that you have read my blog all about Reiki and I hope that you liked reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! If you have any questions or concerns about this article then feel free to comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out. If you have enjoyed reading this then please let me know or give any suggestions for future articles that you might like in the comments section as well. Thank you!

Stay safe and healthy and happy,


Alice Swan


2 Replies to “About Reiki- Understanding how it works and what to expect from a treatment”

  1. This was a very informative site, thank you for your time in this. I will bookmark and come back to it later.

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    1. I am happy that you found the articles on my website of use to you Dee. I am planning on publishing regular new content at least once a week so please do come back and visit the site when you can

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