What happens in a reiki treatment

What happens in a reiki treatment

Your Guide to Experiencing a Reiki Session

In a world that demands so much of your attention, time and energy to the point where it dimes out the whispers of your inner self, finding a deep feeling of peace within can be a transformative journey. Amid this busyness of modern life, Reiki healing offers a pathway to inner calm and a place to retreat and be supported. If you’re new to reiki or curious about what to expect during a reiki session, let this guide illuminate your path towards inner calm and peace.

Preparing for your reiki session

There are no special preparations for a reiki treatment. The invitation is to arrive with an open mind, especially if it’s your first reiki treatment. Ensure you have a smooth transition into your reiki treatment by:

  • Reflect on your intention for the session. What brings you to reiki healing? Is there an area in life where you wish to feel supported? Is it to purely experience it for yourself?
  • Allow plenty of time to arrive at your appointment without rushing, so you can transition from the hustle and bustle of your day with ease.
  • Switch off your phone or put it on silent mode before stepping in for your session.
  • Share any concerns or questions before the session begins.
  • Abstain from alcohol on the day of the session
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The Reiki treatment experience

I’ll guide you through your reiki session, starting with witnessing what brings you to a reiki treatment and where you desire support. You can share with me any injuries you may have or even any questions about reiki. These moments allow you to arrive and settle into the space, especially if it’s your first reiki treatment or your first time meeting me.

What can I expect during a Reiki session?

As you settle onto the treatment table with a blanket covering you, relaxing music will be played to support your relaxation. You’ll remain fully clothed, simply removing your shoes and glasses to enhance your experience. The treatment space is prepared to foster a sense of calm and readiness.  

During the session feel free to adjust your body to honor the subtle cues of your system. You may find a tilt of the head, a movement of an arm, or a gentle stretching of the legs helps you relax deeper. Falling asleep is a common occurrence so let your body move into deep rest. It’s your chance to heal, recharge, and rejuvenate.

I’ll guide my hands to different positions from the head to your feet, sometimes lightly touching the body and sometimes keeping my hands at a certain distance from the body.

Each person is very different in how they feel and experience reiki energy. Common feelings include tingling, warmth, and a deep relaxation that sends you to sleep. It’s a deeply personal experience, so whatever you feel is suited to you at that moment, trust the process and your experience.

As we wrap up the session, we’ll gently bring awareness back to the present moment. This is a time to share your reflections and experience. 

No two Reiki sessions are the same, as you are everchanging. As you leave the session, you can consider how you would like to carry the experience from your session into your everyday life.

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FAQ: Addressing Your Curiosities about Reiki

Q. Is it necessary to remove any clothing for a Reiki treatment?

When it comes to reiki treatments, what you wear is about personal comfort. You remain fully clothed. However, you are welcome to remove your shoes. Some people prefer to remove items such as ties, glasses, or bulky jewellery, which may enhance their comfort during the reiki session. Whether you come in your favourite comfy sweatpants or straight from the office in your suit, you will still receive the benefits of Reiki. Wear what feels best for you, and let Reiki do the rest.

Q. How does the practitioner use their hands during a Reiki treatment?

During a Reiki treatment, the practitioner uses their hands in a very intentional and non-invasive way to facilitate the recipient’s process of healing and balance. My hands are gently placed on or over various parts of the body such as the head, shoulders, abdomen, legs, and feet. There are traditional hand positions that many practitioners begin with, where they move from one place to another every few minutes. However, many may be intuitively guided to place their hands in specific areas that they feel need healing and attention. 

Q. Will I be lying down or sitting up during the Reiki session?

During most reiki treatments, you are invited to lie down on a treatment table similar to those used in massage. This allows you to be supported comfortably and allows for easy placement of the practitioner’s hand on or over various areas of the body during the healing.

However, the treatment is adjusted to your needs. If lying down is uncomfortable for you for any reason, such as back pain, mobility issues, or pregnancy, you can receive reiki while you are seated. The main thing is your comfort during the treatment, so remember to communicate your needs.

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Q. Are there any side effects or aftereffects I might experience from Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle yet powerful healing practice that is non-invasive and has no harmful side effects

Reiki is usually described as relaxing, and for the majority of the time it is, yet it is also healing, so sometimes you can experience emotions releasing, awareness around your thoughts, or a slight intensification of symptoms. This is all normal during a reiki treatment. 

You can share with your reiki practitioner any conditions you have or any concerns you might have. Remember, reiki supports your nervous system to move gently into ‘rest and digest’ so the healing always supports your body. Your body is deciding how it receives the energy, so often during treatments you are learning to trust your body’s healing capacity.

Q. How often should someone receive Reiki treatment for the best results?

It depends on the person and their circumstances. Some people find one session meets their needs, whereas others require multiple sessions to truly feel the impact. It’s not uncommon for people to attend reiki treatments more often when they are moving through something challenging in life or are seeking a nurturing and supportive space. I recall a client who shared, ‘I wouldn’t be without it’,” a testament to the value they found in regular treatments.

As always, it is important to listen to your body during and after your sessions and overtime, you’ll notice when you need another reiki treatment. You never need to sign up for a preset number of sessions unless you choose to. In general, once you start feeling and seeing the benefits of reiki in your life, you can extend the time between treatments.

Q. How long do the benefits of Reiki last?

The lasting benefits of Reiki depend on your body’s response to the treatment. Usually, it’s good to have regular sessions when you first come for support and less often as you start to notice the benefits and feel better grounded and centred in yourself and life. I’ve also witnessed people have profound shifts after their initial session. You decide your path and your practitioner can act as a guide.

Remember, the more you receive Reiki, the more you’ll feel better. It’s like attending yoga—going to one class, you feel a lovely space in your body, and if you keep going, that feeling becomes a normal part of life. With Reiki, even though one session can support powerful change, having sessions regularly is like having a sacred space to go where you can relax, receive, be supported, and listen to what your heart is saying.

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Q. Is anything else used during a reiki treatment?

While Reiki stands strong on its own, some practitioners may incorporate complementary therapies. It’s about personal preference and experience. There’s a common misconception that more is better, but there is something special about being immersed purely in reiki. It creates a powerful space for clients to relax deeply within themselves.

Feel free to try blended modalities and also try a pure reiki treatment so you can experience its benefits.

Q. I don’t have any specific problems. Can I still attend reiki treatments?

If you are in doing well in life, you can still benefit from a Reiki session. You don’t have to be unwell or experiencing challenges to benefit from reiki. Reiki works in harmony with your body. I’ve yet to meet a person who is ‘too relaxed’ from the stresses and drains of daily life.

Q. Can I receive a reiki treatment if I am on medication?

Reiki is always totally complementary and, therefore, will work alongside any medication or medical treatment you are receiving. Reiki is being used in many hospitals worldwide alongside conventional medicine.

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Q. Can Reiki be performed from a distance, or does it have to be in person?

Receiving reiki healing online from the comfort of your own home has all the beautiful benefits of in-person treatments. Spiritual energy, or Reiki, works beyond the constraints of time and space and can be shared remotely. Although, at first, this concept may be a little hard to grasp, over the years, my clients have booked distance healing for themselves, for their loved ones, during times when they needed additional support. You receive the same benefits during a reiki treatment online as you do in person.


A Reiki session offers relaxation and much more. So take the first step towards self-care and inner peace and book a Reiki session. It’s time to give yourself the gift of deep relaxation and the opportunity to listen to what your heart is whispering.

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