What Happens During a Reiki Session?

A reiki session begins with a conversation about what you want to be different. 

Reiki healing operates from the understanding that physical and emotional dis-ease can begin outside of the body. 

This means that during our initial conversation our attention may move to your thoughts or to somewhere in your past. 

Once what you want to be different has been established, a client then lies down on a massage table or other prepared space. 

The reiki practitioner then connects with reiki energy and sets the intention for the kind of healing that is wanted. 

It is understood that energy follows intention. In accordance with the clients stated desire reiki energy is channeled through the reiki practitioner into the body or the aura of a client. 

Reiki can be hands-on meaning a practitioner may place their hands gently on your body. 

Reiki can also be hands-off meaning a practitioner may hold their hands slightly above your body or even several feet away from your body. 

A reiki practitioner is always listening to and feeling the energies of your body and directing the flow of reiki accordingly. 

This means that a practitioner may move around your body throughout the whole session, or they may remain stationary for most of it. 

Where a reiki practitioner moves is guided by the healing intention, the energy of your body, and the energy of reiki. 

Sometimes the physical body responds to the energy being channeled into it with muscle twitches, spasms, and small movements of the limbs and head. 

There may be movement in the digestive system or a strong need to cough. 

It is not unusual for a client to experience an emotional release of some kind. 

For example: tears, big sighs, a swelling of emotion throughout the body particularly in the heart center, or even brief flashes of frustration or anger. 

During a session these moments are considered a good thing and evidence that the reiki energy is doing what we have asked it to do. 

Allowing an emotion to follow its natural course without trying to contain it or stop it is highly encouraged so that the emotion can move through you to completion. 

People often describe a reiki session as a safe container to experience an emotion that they otherwise would choose not to have. 

There may be a moment when a reiki practitioner asks you to pinpoint where in your body pain, anxiety, depression, or something like this "lives". 

This allows you as the client to track along side of the reiki practitioner the changes that are happening during a session. 

You may notice changes in the density, color, shape, and texture of the pain, emotion, or mental state. 

Typically the energy that we are focusing on will dissipate or move out of the body entirely. 

It can take more than one session for a thorough healing to be accomplished.

Relief of some kind is almost always experienced after a reiki session. 

In my experience, when clients reflect back on their healing journeys a reiki session is often considered the beginning point or the moment when a shift in trajectory was made.