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Reiki: What Is It And How Can It Help?

Updated: Aug 21, 2022

Authored by Lynn Salmon-Easter 7/19/2019

Photo taken by Emma Freeman

Reiki is a form of energy healing that has origins in Japan. The word Reiki comes from a Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy.” As a treatment, Reiki addresses healing on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Individuals that have not yet resolved their health concerns with other forms of treatments often benefit greatly from an energy healing session.

Reiki accesses healing on a subconscious, nonverbal and energetic level. Working in this way, individuals are able to let go of unwanted energies and negative ways that have kept them stuck and confused in their lives. Deep relaxation is one of the greatest benefits of a Reiki session. When our bodies deeply relax—they naturally heal and come back into balance and harmony. What will you experience during a Reiki session? My Reiki sessions begin with a heart-centered conversation about your hopes and wishes and how you envision Reiki fitting into your life and wellness plan. Working from our conversation, together we will set an intention which will guide the direction of our session together. An awareness of what you would like to ‘let go of’ or ‘bring in’ during your session aids and assists the movement of old stuck energy as well as helps to draw in the positive energies desired. During a Reiki treatment, you will remain fully-clothed and light hands-on touch is used throughout the session. Usually, I start at your feet and work up one side of your body to your head and then back down to your feet again. During the entire session, I listen intuitively to the unique energetic needs of your body. As a result, each session is unique and individualized. Clients often fall into a relaxed state between wake and sleep, which naturally fosters the body to recalibrate energetically, emotionally and physically. You may experience a warm or tingly sensation in your body during the session, this is the Reiki at work. At the end of the session we will spend 10-15 minutes talking about your experience, answering questions and speaking about the energies that were cleared away or new energies that were brought in while working together. This intuitive conversation is an important an integral part of the session and will help you to glean insights from our time together. I enjoy helping clients continue their work outside of our session by teaching simple tools to support their wellness when appropriate. What to expect after your session? Post treatment effects can vary according to the individual based on their sensitivity. Each person and situation is different in regards to the way they respond to a treatment. Most individuals leave feeling more emotionally and physically balanced, calm and grounded. Please know, Reiki and energy work can bring emotions to the surface. It can be helpful for an individual to continue working through their emotions at home by journaling, creating artwork, doing meditation or yoga. I often recommend easing slowly back into your regular routine on the day of your treatment. It is also best to drink extra water, possibly take an Epsom salt bath or take time to be in nature to ensure unwanted energies continue to release and clear. Follow-up sessions are highly recommended as Reiki sessions work by clearing old energies and traumas layer by layer. Most of us do best with a bit of time and space between our sessions. I usually recommend clients come every 3-4 weeks for treatment, unless there is an acute situation taking place. In this case, I would recommend treatments every 1-2 weeks until the situation is resolved. Packages are available for individuals interested in continuity of care. Is Reiki right for you? Although I believe anyone can benefit from a Reiki session, from my personal experience, it is those individuals that are highly sensitive and /or empathic that greatly benefit from energy healing sessions. A highly sensitive person feels things more deeply, is easily overwhelmed by hectic environments or crowded spaces and feels the need to retreat or be alone to recuperate and reset and rebalance. Are you wondering if you are a highly sensitive person? Please check out this article or this one to see if this temperament resonates with you. Empaths are highly sensitive individuals that have a keen ability to sense what other people around them are thinking and feeling. It is common for empaths to feel mixed-up inside, confused, out of balance and often emotionally exhausted. As an empath, you may have a hard time knowing what feelings belong to you and what feelings belong to someone else. Staying grounded in our bodies is one of the first and foremost steps for resolving this confusion. Reiki assists those of us that are highly sensitive and helps us begin to sort through our emotional and energetic confusion -- which has likely been with us most of our lives. If you are interested in learning more about being an empath, you can begin your journey here. Being a highly sensitive and empathic person myself, I have taken a keen interest in working with these individuals in my private practice. It has been my own personal experience that my health and wellbeing did not stabilize until I learned more about my highly sensitive temperament and how to properly support myself as an empath with energy healing and other tools. Please know being sensitive does not need to be a burden or exhaust you, you simply need to find ways to support your sensitive system. Here are three simple and important facts everyone needs to know about highly sensitive people:

  • being highly sensitive is a normal trait as well as a temperament

  • high sensitivity is a real and research-based characteristic

  • being highly sensitive comes with both strengths and challenges

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