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What to Expect During a Reiki Session?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018

Despite Reiki being an ancient technique many people are new to Reiki and are unsure what to expect during a session. Keep reading to learn more!



Each persons reiki experience is unique to them and each session for the same person can vary. Despite the differences between individuals and sessions there are some generalized similarities you can expect. The sessions vary because no two people are alike and each time you receive a session you have different blocks and imbalances within your chakra system.


Lets get down to the session


The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner's hands, but sometimes the practitioner's hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner's hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body.

People often comment how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be. An interesting study reported that recipients frequently feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state. Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.

After you session, do not expect a diagnosis, as that is not part of Reiki. It is recommended that you drink a glass of water following your Reiki session.

Although people typically leave a Reiki session feeling refreshed, sometimes they notice feeling more tired in the evening than usual. This is not viewed as an adverse reaction, but rather as the body's natural healing response, something to be heeded. People commonly report a sense of calm and mental clarity and sleeping well after Reiki.


Reiki is for Everyone

· Safe: No one can do any harm with the Reiki energy.

· Intelligent: The energy knows where to go and what to do to help you.

· Natural: No other tools or instruments are needed besides the Reiki practitioner, who channels the Reiki energy through his hands.

· Gentle: The practitioner places her hands softly on the body or just above the body. Practitioners don’t use massage or manipulation.

· Compatible with all religions or belief systems: You can receive or practice Reiki no matter what your religion. People of all faiths use Reiki as a system for relaxation and healing.



Spiritual you say?


Finding yourself can be one of your biggest struggles yet your biggest accomplishment.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it




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