How is Reiki a Holistic Approach to Your Well-being?


Reiki is meant to work with any medical treatment that you are receiving. It is strongly recommended that you not discontinue any medications or session plans that your doctor or other holistic healer has deemed necessary, unless you speak with them. Because Reiki energy works in concert with all other forms of therapy, it is a wonderful complement to other treatments. We can all work together to get you feeling healthier, happier and more whole. This is the holistic approach. The Reiki energy goes to exactly where it is needed so a Reiki Practitioner never needs to diagnose nor prescribe – nor does ethics or law allow them to.

What Can Reiki Do?

This list has been comprised through anecdotal research. Clients have reported feeling more creative, more balanced, less emotional, less stressed, more relaxed, more vitality, more awareness, less or no pain, more ability to fall asleep quickly, more ease of movement. These reported benefits generally lasted at least three to ten days, and often the original problem did no recur. Reiki can help you to heal physically, emotionally and mentally.

What Happens During a Session?

A Reiki Practitioner can perform either “hands on” or distance healing. For a hands on treatment, you will lie fully clothed on a treatment table. The practitioner’s hands remain in a stationary position, gently on or slightly above the body through several positions from head to toe. The private areas are worked on a few inches above the body. There is no manipulation of the skin or tissue. Reiki is not massage.

Many individuals report feeling cold, pulsating heat, or a tingling sensation during a session. Most enter a calm, relaxed state. In some people, chronic or acute pain can diminish or completely vanish. Sometimes allergies and other infirmities completely disappear. It is different for each person.

It is important to remember that, whatever is troubling us, we didn’t get this way overnight, and we won’t recover overnight either. Reiki is not any more magical than any other modality or allopathic medicine. Healing takes commitment and it takes time.

What Can be Expected After a Session?

Directly after a Reiki session, you should allow yourself time to come fully back into your awareness. You may feel so relaxed that you are spaced-out. It is suggested to sit for 15 minutes and sip a cool glass of purified water. Becoming in touch with the soles of your feet and their placement on the floor also helps a great deal.

Over the next little while, you may notice that you are detoxifying the waste that has built up in your system. You may need to use the washroom more often, and that is normal. You should increase your water intake so that the toxins are flushed out more readily. You may want to rest more. Some people may notice that emotional issues are brought to the surface – if this happens and you need a little help, please contact your Reiki Practitioner or a good friend. If it seems overwhelming, contact a trusted therapist or even your doctor.

Most people feel an immediate improvement in their level of pain. Energy and alertness increase daily and a feeling of overall well being may be noticed.

How Many Sessions Do I Need?

To begin with, three or four sessions over ten to fourteen days are recommended to remove entrenched blocks in your energy system; then once a week or once every two weeks until the issue has resolved. You will begin to notice some improvement after the first session. Long standing health issues are usually cleared up in five to six visits. Disease generally begins in the energy field so if we keep our subtle bodies healthy with good nutrition and exercise, we should be able to remain active and whole.

Please note that every person, and every issue is different, therefore your practitioner will use their intuition to know how many sessions will be right for you. Also remember, that it is your body, and if you don’t feel that the treatment is working for you, you are always free to discontinue treatment. If anything ever makes you feel uncomfortable, please let your practitioner know right away so that a suitable solution may be found.

How Does a Distance Session Work?

Because Reiki works with energy, it is not always necessary to receive a treatment in person. A Distance session works very much the same as a session in person, but the Practitioner will use a “stand in” for you, or will simply hold you in their mind’s eye as they do a session. Energy knows no boundaries, and will reach you no matter how far away you are.