Reiki FAQ

If you have never had a Reiki treatment, these frequently asked question will provide you with some answers to the most common questions. Please feel free to contact me if there is anything else you would like to know.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing system, developed by a Japanese scholar Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century. During a treatment, the natural healing energy is transferred from the Reiki practitioner to the client, where it brings about balance and reinforces the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Reiki supports, and enhances, other forms of treatment, and as such is a complimentary therapy.

Reiki is taught by Reiki Masters who pass the teaching on in person, from Master to student. Students go through a process of initiation/attunement to the Reiki energy. They are then able to treat themselves and others, not only from a healing perspective, but also as an aid to personal development and spiritual growth.

Is Reiki safe?

Yes, it is safe for everyone. It’s a non-invasive complimentary therapy with no reported side-effects. Reiki is offered as a complementary therapy to cancer patients by the Barts Health NHS Trust and also at many hospitals in the USA.

What about Reiki and religion?

Reiki is not a religion. It’s a form of energy healing with no religious affiliations.

Many Christians who practice Reiki, say it creates a closer connection for them with God. Jesus said in John 14:12 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

I have Christian clients who pray before receiving a Reiki treatment and ask God to bless the treatment and my hands so that they might get from Reiki what God wants them to receive.

If you wonder about Christianity and Reiki, you might be interested in the collaboration of Rev. Victoria Lovell and Reiki Master Danielle Groth who are redefining ministry by blending reiki and faith together. Read more about them here.

What does Reiki feel like?

The Reiki experience differs from person to person, but common sensations you might become aware of while receiving a Reiki treatment are warmth or cold at some points along your body, you might see colours or visions, have a tingling sensation, feel a vague “pulling” sensation from your head or your feet, slight pressure, or a floating sensation. Reiki can also sometimes cause a release of emotions. You may also feel absolutely nothing. Or all of these. Whatever you feel, or don’t feel, is absolutely perfect for you. Reiki works whether you “feel something” or not.

The Reiki Stories page is filled with examples of Reiki experiences my clients have had.

The most significant effect that Reiki will have is deep relaxation. So even if you don’t have a physical sensation, you can rest assured that your energy field is becoming balanced, which starts the process of self-healing and leads to a greater sense of calm and stress relief.

If you ever feel uncomfortable during a session, just open your eyes and ask me to stop.

What can Reiki treat?

Reiki has the ability to reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal itself at all levels, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. This means it can alleviate pain and aid in the healing of injuries and post-surgery soreness. Reiki can aid in detoxification of the body and improve overall health. On an emotional level, it can be used to treat anxiety, stress, grief, sleep problems, release emotional blockages. On a mental level, it can increase concentration and provide mental clarity.

Please remember that Reiki is a complementary therapy. As such, it should not be used in the place of medically directed treatments or medicines.

What should I do before a distance Reiki therapy session starts?

Get ready for the session at least 5 minutes before. I will send you a text message to remind you that we will be starting in 5 minutes. This notification can be your cue to lie down or find a comfortable seated position. Try to relax in these 5 minutes.

Take off your shoes, but you can keep your socks on.

Close your eyes.

Make sure you will not be interrupted, though if you are interrupted during the distance Reiki session, that’s okay. There is no need to let me know that you have been interrupted. Reiki will still flow, and I will probably intuitively pick up that there has been a disruption and will reestablish my energetic connection with you. Once the interruption has been dealt with, just close your eyes again and return to the present moment.

What should I do after a distance Reiki therapy session has ended?

You may wish to stay seated or to lie down to just soak up the wonderful sense of calm. Enjoy it!

I will send you a message 5 minutes after our session has come to an end. You can then decide if you would like to speak to me about your experience, or not. It’s totally up to you. Some people need a few hours or a few days to process what they felt.

After a session, drink plenty of water and to avoid caffeine and alcohol for a day or two. Try not to be too active after Reiki therapy, as your body will need some time to adjust to the rebalanced energies. Take it easy to help you get the full benefits of the treatment. 

Can I listen to music while I get a distance Reiki treatment?

Yes, you can! I would recommend staying away from music with lyrics, though. Nature sounds or any meditation music will help you relax and block out external sounds that might distract you.

If you are stuck for ideas, this is an excellent album of relaxing Reiki music.