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Frequently Asked Questions: Reiki

Your Questions, Answered

If you’ve never visited a professional Reiki Healer before, you’re bound to have lots of questions or concerns. Below, you’ll find a list of several frequently asked questions from my patients. Connect with me today for more information.

 

What does the word ‘Reiki’ mean?

In the most basic term, it means life engery. Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things.

What does a typical Reiki session involve - what can I expect to happen at a first session and how long will it last?

In a full session of about an hour to an hour and a half, you would lie fully clothed on a massage table. You would feel hands laid gently on (in some styles slightly above) your body in a series of positions on the head, abdomen, and back. Legs and arms might also be treated. You might notice that the hands were hotter in certain positions.  You might go to sleep, and would almost certainly feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Maybe you would notice a reduction of pain in certain places or a clearing of some mental or emotional confusion. Occasionally people notice old symptoms surfacing in what is known as a ‘healing reaction’. This passes quite quickly and is seen as a good sign, indicating something is moving.

How often would I have to have the treatment to feel a benefit?

It is not uncommon for a practitioner to recommend a series of 4 consecutive sessions as a start to tackling any chronic condition.
Otherwise, or after this, one a week would be a good program. Some benefit is usually felt right away, but of course, long-term conditions are likely to need longer.

What is Reiki used to Treat?

Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation. Many people use Reiki for wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings.

Does your mind have to be open to it in order for it to work?

No. But probably someone with a completely closed mind wouldn’t ask for treatments!
Probably those drawn to explore Reiki would have a general sense of there being ‘something more’ than physical matter.

Does Reiki drain the practitioner?

No. In fact giving a treatment can be as energizing as receiving. We are not using our own energy, neither are we diagnosing or directing it. We are simply allowing this Universal Life Energy to flow through us into the recipient, going to wherever it is most needed. However, it is important for the person giving to make sure they are physically comfortable, as they need to remain still in each position for some time.

As a practitioner, do you ‘pick up’ negativity from someone you are treating?

No. Since we are neither directing nor controlling the energy, there is no personal involvement. In fact the less investment we have in the outcome, the more effective the session seems to be.
Occasionally we feel a passing twinge in our own body, indicating where we need to place our hands. A very sensitive person might feel the emotions of the person they are treating, but this does not last.

What are the five principles of Reiki?

Dr. Usui gave these to his students, perhaps to teach them that physical healing is not complete without the healing of a person’s whole life. In their most usual version in English, they are:


Just for today, do not worry,


Just for today, do not anger,


Honor your parents, teachers, and elders,


Earn your living honestly,


Show gratitude for every living thing.

Does Reiki involve any spiritual or religious beliefs?

No. Individuals from all kinds of religions and belief systems practice Reiki and get treatments

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Frequently Asked Questions: Massage

Your Questions, Answered

If you’ve never visited a professional Massage Practitioner before, you’re bound to have lots of questions or concerns. Below, you’ll find a list of several frequently asked questions from my patients. Connect with me today for more information.

Must I be completely undressed?

For the most part, massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear.


You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. It is help to know that the areas of your body that are in most discomfort benefit more effiently from direct contact i.e neck, back, shoulders, legs, arms.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

If you choose a full-body session your massage/bodywork session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands,neck, shoulders, and scalp (if requested).

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session.


During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm).


Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session.


If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.


After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session.


During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm).


Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session.


If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How should I prepare for my first treatment?

Enter your answer here. Be thoughtful, write clearly and concisely, and consider adding written as well as visual examples. Go over what you’ve written to make sure that if it was the first time you were visiting the site, you’d understand your answer.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people.


However, there are time when extra precautions must be taken. As well as, time when massage is not as beneficial.


When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

  • Fever

  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem

  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication

  • Recent operations or acute injuries

  • Neuritis

  • Skin diseases

  • A Massage Practitioner can massage but extra considerations must be taken by the practitioner:

  • Varicose veins

  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps

  • Pregnancy

  • Bruising

  • Cuts

  • Abrasions

  • Sunburn

  • Undiagnosed pain

If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required. It is best to have massage approved by a Physician if these conditions apply:

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)

  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner

  • Oedema

  • Psoriasis or eczema

  • High blood pressure

  • Osteoporosis

  • Cancer

  • Nervous or psychotic conditions

  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers

  • Epilepsy

  • Diabetes

  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves

  • Gynecological infections


That's why it's imperative to complete you intake form fully.

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