This week, I'll answer some common questions about Reiki. I find it fun to read up on a healing modality in conjunction with experiencing it, especially if I'm working with one that's new to me. Can you share more about what Reiki is? Reiki (pronounced ray-KEE) is both universal life force energy and a term used to describe a particular healing method developed in Japan. This energy is also known as the biofield, prana, ruach, qi, or the breath of life. During an in-person session, a practitioner will, with your permission, place their hands on or near your body in a sequence. There are different styles of Reiki you may come across, such as Jikiden Reiki. How might I feel during a Reiki session? Everyone reacts differently as the intentional energy is sent to their system. In majority of the sessions I've been a part of, the person receiving Reiki experiences calm. However, someone (this has been me!) could also feel restless or slow to relax. These are all experiences the practitioner will hold space for. Also, quiet or relaxation isn't required to receive the benefits of the session. Consider talking with your practitioner to co-create a session environment that works best for you. Is it draining for you as the practitioner? Offering Reiki is not energetically draining for me, though this is not true for all energy healing techniques. If I stand or hold a position for a long period of time, the physical part can be draining. Energetic protection is a part of my practice, so that helps, as well. If you're curious to learn more about Reiki, this research study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, spells out how it is utilized in a clinical setting. Please let me know your questions and how Reiki feels for you! Love and solidarity,
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