What is Reiki and How Does it Work?

Updated: Apr 5



Reiki is not a magic ritual that someone performs on you. It is something that you do to heal yourself. Practitioners are trained to help your body use the energy that surrounds us and flows around us and through us at all times, to flow where it is intended to, as it is intended to for your highest good. Rei means Universe or Life Force and Ki or Qi means the physical energy of the body. Together Reiki translates to: Universal Life Force and that is the energy that is being guided with intention during a session.


A practitioner moves through levels of training to learn symbols that connect energetically and intuitively to their client. The symbols themselves hold no power but they represent very powerfully the purpose behind the intention: connection, emotional release, balance, transformation, healing, harmony, intuitive wisdom etc. In order for a person to become a practitioner, they must be trained and then receive "attunements" from their Reiki Master. These attunements are more than graduation certificates, they are energetic blessings that deem the practitioner ready on a soul level. They are like an energetic cleanse.


Preparing for the Reiki Session?

Even before the session, there are a few things that should have happened. First you"ll want to give some relevant information to your practitioner. Most likely they have an intake form, just like other care providers and they will have some standard questions about your health: physical and mental. Reiki is not intrusive. Fill out only what you feel comfortable with. There are some things that will obviously be helpful for them to know and some things that are really unnecessary unless you choose to share.


I have the bare minimum on the intake form I use. I prefer to talk to my clients about what is going on. One thing is a must: consent. You must give permission for someone to enter your energy. This might be done on a form, or it might be done verbally, but make sure that you give your permission for the session to begin.


Prior to the session, you can expect to have a brief conversation about any specific goals or issues and an explanation of what to expect.


During our first session, I spend some time explaining how your chakras work and what they represent. Check out more about them in this newsletter: From My Anahata to Yours .


Reiki can be done either by distance or in person.

If the session is in person then you can expect to be:

  • fully clothed

  • lying down face up, with a pillow under your head

  • a blanket to stay cozy

  • dimness in the room - a small light or candle

  • relaxing music

  • light touch over the clothes (with permission)

  • communicate with me if you are uncomfortable and

  • reposition as needed

If the session is remote I will ask that at the appointed time you:

  • mute your phone/computer etc.

  • ensure you have privacy for the duration of the session - lock your door

  • lay down in a straight line, comfortably

  • you have a blanket handy in case you need it

  • dim the lights in the room

  • set the timer for when the session will be over - eg. 45 minutes so we can debrief at the end (sometimes people fall asleep)

  • have music playing if you choose to

  • reposition as needed

What Happens During a Reiki Session?

Prior to the session, I will have prepared myself to be a channel for the Universal Life Force and my Reiki guides for your highest good. At the beginning of the session, I assess each of your 7 main chakras. I will tell you which are open and which are closed and will place my hands above you, and lightly on you. All touch is non-invasive, starting at the crown of your head and moving over the chakra centres of your body. Touch can last in each location for 3 - 5 minutes and sometimes areas will be revisited more than once. I will also move my hands down your limbs and around your torso.


You may feel heat, or cold, or tingling or nothing during the session. If at any time you feel discomfort or uncomfortable you should speak up and we can either reposition or stop depending on the situation. You are in control of the session. Some people feel intense relaxation and fall asleep. Some feel intense emotion and it is not unusual to cry during a Reiki session. Emotional release of stored negative energy and limiting beliefs is a therapeutic benefit and can be from current circumstances, old wounds, generational or even past life experiences.


It is not uncommon to have the experience of feeling a presence during a Reiki session. People often report the sensation of someone at their feet while I am at their crown or vice versa.or of a sensation of warm or cold. During the invocation (my part at the beginning, before you arrive), I've asked for your Guides, Angels, Spirits of light with an intention for your highest good to impart wisdom and healing.


At the conclusion, I will recheck each chakra to ensure that they are all open and you are in harmony. The session can take between 30 to 45 minutes depending on the situation.



What Happens After a Reiki Session?

Once you are done you might feel very light as if you have put down a heavy burden. I will ask you about your experience and ask if you would like to hear any intuitive downloads that I may have received during the session. As an open channel during the session, I am more open to receiving inspiration during that time, as are you. This is not a time of diagnosis. Reiki is not a medical treatment and I am not a medical practitioner.


During Reiki there is a lot going on inside. Chakras that were once closed are now open. This means that a great deal of energy has been moving inside of you. You are apt to feel quite tired later in the day, maybe even exhausted, unless you take care of yourself. I suggest that you drink lots of water, just like you would anytime you expend a lot of energy. If you went for a run, you would know that your body needed to hydrate. You did just as much work in your Reiki session so eat a healthy meal, rest, and drink some water.


Depending on the chakras that were closed, we will talk about what other measures you can consider. Each chakra indicates its own set of needs: a closed root, for example, indicates a need for safety, security and a sense of belonging whereas a closed crown indicates a need for a connection to something bigger than yourself and spirituality.


What Does Reiki Help With?

You might be wondering if the goals and issues you have are ones that can be addressed with Reiki. I came to the practice myself after being diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia. These issues carried with them a whole whack of associated and not so fun side effects like brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, muscle weakness, pain, depression, and incredible fatigue. I honestly don't know how I had functioned for as long as I had: badly, I guess is the real answer. I had just kept plugging along like a robot until the robot couldn't plug along anymore. Reiki was prescribed by my doctor, along with a bunch of other stuff. I tried everything and Reiki, along with rest, and changing my diet helped the most. Me being me, I couldn't just be a client, I became a practitioner and am becoming a Master. It changed my life and I have, with a combination of life coaching and Reiki been able to transform the lives of others.


This article "What Is Reiki Good For in Conscious Panda https://consciouspanda.com/what-is-reiki-good-for/ is helpful in identifying numerous ways Reiki can be of benefit.



How Can I Find a Good Reiki Practitioner

Well look no further! Of course, I would love you to choose me. I am a Level II Reiki Practitioner and Intuitive Reiki Practioner and am becoming a Reiki Master. But, how do you choose wisely?

Reiki is a Japanese practice and the training is standardized to a point but not all Reiki practitioners do things in the same way. Some will ask you to sit, some will ask you to lay down, some do not speak at all, some give intuitive messages, some do not lay hands on, some do, some only do the front of your body, some ask you to turn over and also do the back, some check chakras, some do not. Be sure to find someone that describes the process and what they are going to do in detail.


Find someone who has been trained by a reputable source and practising for a while. During the pandemic, a lot of people decided to become Reiki practitioners just like a lot of people decided to become dog owners. There are just as many pandemic practitioners as pandemic puppies. Does that mean that the new folks won't be amazing? No, some of them will be. But, they have to put in the time and practice first. Reiki takes lots of practice. It is not a drive-thru, quick fix and it is not a drive-thru quick learn.


Are You Interested in Trying Reiki?

The benefits of Reiki are cumulative. You might begin by noticing relaxation, and then a reduction of anxiety or pain and gradually you find yourself feeling better and better. That is how it worked for me. It is also something that you need less and less of over time. In the beginning, my sessions were quite close together. I went every week for the first couple, but the better I felt the longer I could go between sessions. The idea is not to ever become dependent on Reiki. It is a practice that is there when you need it.


Reiki is amazing and I would love to offer you a chance to try it. As I said it is not a "quick fix". It is true that some people feel much more relaxed after one session. It is not likely that you will heal the issue or reach your goal from one session of Reiki. That is why I suggest trying a package of 5 sessions for the price of 4 to get a good feel for it.


Contact me to learn more about Reiki or to book a FREE 30-minute clarity session to discuss your overall goals. I'd love to connect with you to make your life into the best it can be.

Fiona Bennett, Intuitive Women's Life Coach, Educator, Energy Healer

Email: bennett.lifelearningstrategies@gmail.com

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