Frequently Asked Questions
What is Reiki?
Reiki (ray-key) in Japanese literally means Universal Life force energy.
Life force flows within our physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Reiki heals by flowing through the disrupted/blocked parts of the energy field and charges them with positive energy breaking apart negativity, nourishing the mind, organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions and balancing the energy within and out. Healing occurs as a natural consequence in an Alpha (relaxed) state.
How does Reiki work?
At a Reiki session, an attuned Reiki practitioner (a channel for this energy) transmits this energy via a gentle, therapeutic nurturing (direct or indirect) touch. Energy flows to wherever healing is needed first. Using crystals amplifies Reiki’s efficacy. Healing via Reiki is safe for use on adults, children, animals, plants and for spaces that we live and work in.
Will Reiki heal me?
Chronic conditions may require a series of sessions for homeostasis to occur. It is helpful to try and relax and not let expectations get in the way of healing. Reiki is one part of an integrative healing or wellness team that keep you healthy. It does not offer a guaranteed cure nor should be a substitute for medical/professional mind/body care. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions nor do they prescribe medicine or perform medical treatment.
Is there a science behind Reiki?
In the 1970s, bio-magnetic research showed that certain magnetic fields could stimulate the growth process in bone fractures that resisted healing. Soon after, the FDA approved Pulsing Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) for bone healing, in which wire coils placed near a fracture induce electrical current flows in the bone. The necessary frequency range is 7 Hz. Dr. John Zimmerman measured the magnetic field frequencies of Reiki and other energy practitioners, while they worked on clients. He found that the practitioners all emitted ELF (extremely low frequency) frequencies from their hands. The frequency measured most often from the hands of energy therapists is 7 Hz; the same frequency as the PEMF device approved by the FDA for stimulating bone growth.
Does Distant Healing really work?
"The Science Behind Distant Healing" (https://www.equilibrium-e3.com/images/PDF/The_Science_Behind_Distant_Healing.pdf) is an illuminating article that was published in the Reiki Times (2009).
Will Reiki interfere with my regular treatment?
Institutional settings from hospitals to hospices are recognizing and offering Reiki alongside traditional medicine/therapy to maximize patient care and minimize recovery time. It can also aid the healing or recovery process while patients are undergoing chemotherapy or are recovering from illness, injuries or surgeries or to even strengthen the body before and after these invasive procedures. The body cannot fight illness and heal at the same time. It must do one or the other.
How should I prepare for my session?
Having positive belief that your body is capable of healing itself to a degree greater than anyone has ever permitted you to believe, will go a long way toward achieving the goal that brought you here. Learning to reframe your thoughts is a valuable skill that will help you heal faster as it is our untrained thoughts & emotions that aid an atmosphere of dis’ease’ in the mind and body. (Reframing is offered as a separate modality under Life Coaching & Hypnosis and is not included in a regular Reiki session. Please ask for details).
Your privacy is respected. No information is ever shared unless enforced by law.
I would like to learn Reiki? Where do I begin?
In today's Reiki PROFESSIONAL world, your Reiki Master's lineage matters. While you can learn Reiki 1,2, advanced, etc for a fair price, if you want to teach, a Mastership is expected that can run anywhere $5000 and up and at least 6months apprenticeship from an establishment of good repute.
For working/volunteering a minimum Reiki 2 is expected. At most places you work, you will either have to give a percentage of what you make, work for a spa type place at salary, or both. If you start out on your own, you of course get to keep anything you charge but there are costs of rent, doing business and getting clients in through the door.
For general purposes to practice Reiki healing on yourself/family/friends, Reiki can be learnt from any practitioner who can confer attunement. Initially your Reiki practice will consist of placing your attuned hand chakras and intention in a pattern taught by your Reiki teacher. Only with lots of practice you can then begin to perceive for yourself what Reiki reveals to you (the advanced art of Byosen Scanning) i.e listening to the body of the client and the workings of the energy rather than relying on a specific pattern of hand positions to increase the effectiveness of Reiki and enhancing the outcome.