It is vital to discuss first when to conduct a healing session and when NOT to conduct a healing session. NEVER conduct a healing session on a client when a bone is broken and has not been set by a doctor. Performing a healing session in this instance will cause the bone to reform in a skewed position and lead to future breaks. NEVER conduct a healing session if medical attention is needed first. For instance, if I person is bleeding profusely from an injury, it is always advised to seek a medical professional first to close the injury/stop the bleeding, and then perform reiki upon the already closed wound. Last but not least, NEVER conduct a healing session if you instincts tell you not to. A client came to me suffering from severe nerve pain. For whatever reason, I just couldn’t bring myself to perform a healing session for her. Later I found out that this client had major blockages in the arteries in her neck. Had I performed the healing session, there would have been an increased chance that I could have knocked one of those blockages loose and caused a stroke. In this instance it was important for her to see medical attention prior to healing session.
Now that we’ve discussed when not to perform a healing session, healing sessions can take place at any time, any place, and for practically any ailment. Healing sessions take place with the client fully dressed while sitting, standing, or laying down. The client has the choice as to whether practioner lays their hands on top of the clothes, keeps their hands two inches above the clothes, or distance treatments when the client and (level 2 or master level) practioner are not in the same room. Treatments can be focused or full body and can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 1.5 hours. There is no right or wrong way to perform reiki.
The last thing to remember is that reiki is smarter than the practioner. The universe’s life energy will always go to where it is most needed. If the client is only comfortable with the reiki practioner laying their hand onto of the client’s hand then the practioner will feel the reiki power “cycle” as the energy is sent to various areas of the client’s body where it is most needed.
There is no right or wrong way to perform reiki. Every practitioner will have their own distinctive style on where and how they place their hand. In addition to that, every practitioner will have their own distinct way of detecting the location of any trauma or blockage.
Practitioner One is an extremely formal practitioner that believes in setting up the massage table, placing gentle glowing tea lights about the room and have soft music playing during the session. Practitioner One feels that this really adds to the healing atmosphere for both the client and the practitioner. During the session, the practitioner will follow all of the major and minor chakra pathways. The practitioner also has the ability to see the organs and bones within the body with their third eye, to detect where the traumas or blockages occurred. After the lesson, Practitioner One tells the client about the broken arm as a child, the three c-sections during child birth, and then proclaims that the lower three chakras are blocked because the client put their needs aside for the needs of others. They need to start focusing on their own needs, nurturing themselves, and setting their own boundaries.
Practitioner Two doesn’t own a massage table, so they have their clients lie on the couch or sit in a chair to perform reiki. There are no tea lights or music playing, but the practitioner will cast a healing circle before beginning. During the session, the practitioner will follow all of the major chakra pathways. This practitioner has the ability to detect chakra blockages because the chakra “looks dark” or “is clouded”. It’s not an ability they feel that they can really explain. After the session, Practitioner Two tells the client that the lower three chakras are blocked because the client put their needs aside for the needs of others. They need to start focusing on their own needs, nurturing themselves, and setting their own boundaries.
Practitioner Three doesn’t practice reiki formally, but will perform reiki on their family members in need. The practitioner prefers to perform reiki while the “client” is sitting in a chair. Since the practitioner is very close to their own family members it makes it unusually difficult to detect chakra blockages or traumas as being too close to someone can cloud the vision. Because of this, Practitioner Three specializes in traumas to the body. The “client” will come to ask for a reiki session for various pains such as twisted ankles, carpal tunnel, or virus/bacterial infections and illness, so the practitioner is already informed of the location of the problem. Practitioner Three will lay their hands on or in the general area of the trauma and perform a localized reiki treatment. In this example, Practitioner Three is treating a twisted ankle. The practitioner feels the reiki energy go through multiple cycles of “high flow, low flow, high flow” which tells the practitioner the reiki energy is flowing to multiple sections of the body and not just the ankle they are treating. During the treatment, the “client” informed the practitioner that they felt the energy flowing not only at their ankle but swirling in their stomach. The practitioner informs the “client” that they probably put their needs aside for the needs of others. They need to start focusing on their own needs, nurturing themselves, and setting their own boundaries.
Whatever the reason the practitioner has decided to take up reiki, reiki is perfectly adaptable to everyone’s style and personal abilities. There is no right or wrong way to practice reiki. Reiki should be given with love in one’s heart and free of attachments.
I’ve personally given reiki to people at barbeques while sitting in a chair because they wanted to know what reiki was, to family members not living the same state but suffering from a trauma, to clients who would like a formal reiki treatment and to my plants to encourage growth. Sometimes I will also perform reiki on jewelry for myself or my client to wear so that the healing energy will continue to resonate within the stones and heal whoever was wearing it.
Whatever the reason you find yourself drawn to reiki, it is probably one of the most useful skills you can have as you may find multiple uses for it in your life. As reiki is not bound by a particular practicing style or ability, it will work well with any personal belief system.
Full body treatment
The full body treatment generally lasts from 45 to 90 minutes. The client lays fully clothed face up on a massage table while the reiki practioner delivers healing energy to the major energy pathways of the body called Chakras. The practioner will spend several minutes on each chakra started from the crown chakra and working toward the feet. This process will be repeated two more times with the client laying face down and face up.
The focused treatment can last from 10 to 30 minutes. If the client has a particular problem area that needs extra attention, shorter and more frequent duration healing sessions can take place to treat the area of concern. For instance if the client has knee surgery and would like to speed up the healing process post surgery, then the practioner can spend 15 minutes applying reiki to the hip, knee, and ankle areas for improved healing.
The distance treatment is conducted when both the client and practioner cannot physically be in the same room together. The practioner and client can then set up a 30 minute time block during the week when the client can sit or lay quietly in the comfort of their own home. The practioner will then use a surrogate such as a teddy bear or pillow to stand in for the client, and sent the reiki energy through the surrogate and into the client.
The hands of the reiki practioner will follow the chakra lines starting at the crown chakra of the client. The reiki practioner will place their hands on the client in roughly the following sequence. Variations to this sequence exist because no two reiki practioners are alike.
Both hands on the crown chakra
Both hands lightly covering the face
Both hands on either side of the neck
One hand on the left shoulder, one hand on the left elbow
One hand on the left elbow, one hand on the left hand
One hand on the right shoulder, one hand on the right elbow
One hand on the right elbow, one hand one right hand
Both hands on the sternum covering the heart chakra
Both hands either cupped over the solar plexus or one hand on each side of the solar plexus
Both hands covering the belly region below the belly button (aka “squishy insides”)
Both hands raised two inches above the pelvic bone
One hand on the left thigh, one hand on the right thigh or left knee
One hand on the left knee and left ankle
One hand on the right thigh, one hand on the left thigh or right knee
One hand on the right knee and right ankle
Both hands on both feet
Repeat sequence down the back and front of the client during the full body treatment.