What to expect during a Reiki healing session


A Reiki healing session is very simple and easy for both Client and Practitioner.  For the Client it is as simple as being relaxed and open to the healing without any expectations. For the Practitioner it is about connecting to the Reiki and allowing it to heal what needs healing, again, without any expectations. Just being Reiki, without forcing it, or steering it.


The 'Universal Life Energy' is far more intelligent than we are and it knows what level of a human being needs healing first.  You may be asking, 'why no expectations'? Well because expectations block us and stop us from moving forward.  When a Reiki Practitioner starts a healing session she is giving you the space to heal, you are actually healing yourself along with the 'Life Force Energy', and the Practitioner is simply a channel for the energy.


If the Practitioner practices Reiki on a daily basis, both self-healing and regularly on others, then they become a very good channel for the Energy, a stronger channel, than a Practitioner who does not work regularly with Energy.

The information below is to simply inform you of what you can expect during a typical healing session, where you would be laying on a therapy bed. 


A Reiki session typically lasts an hour, allowing an extra 15-30 minutes for a consult at the beginning and time to slowly come round at the end.    On your first visit you will have the opportunity to discuss any health concerns, illnesses or injury.  You will be given a couple of forms; a Disclaimer that needs to be read and signed and a Reiki Session Form, that needs some basic information filling out; your contact details and any current/past health issues that you feel you would like to inform the Practitioner of. These forms are used by all good Reiki Practitioners, as part of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice.  Notes will be made after each session by the Practitioner and these will record any sensations felt by both Practitioner and Client and this information can be used to monitor progress for any future sessions.  Information is kept strictly private and confidential.  

Next you will be invited to lie down fully clothed on a therapist bed, taking off glasses, jewellery if it would get in the way, especially metal, as this can affect the energy, making the Practitioner feel sensations that could be mistaken for the 'Byosen' (a frequency emitted from any ill or injured body part).  If lying on a therapist bed is not an option for you, treatment can be given sitting in a chair or lying on the floor.  You will be made comfortable on the bed and usually a blanket will be laid on you to keep you warm during the session.  You should be advised that if at any time you need to move during the session, that this is absolutely fine as it is important to be as relaxed as possible.  

Before the session starts you may be asked to say to yourself "I am open to healing", you may even be asked to say to yourself "I am open to receive everything that I need at this exact moment in time".  This is called setting your 'Intent' and it has a very powerful effect on aiding the healing.

A healing space is then provided by the Practitioner by placing her hands gently on/or above your body, typically starting with the shoulders.  The reason we start here is initially to help the Client to relax, this hand position may be held for 5 to 20 minutes.


After the Client has relaxed, the Practitioner may move onto the head.  A typical Western style treatment covers more hand positions than an Original Japanese Reiki, as intuition is used more here, and a recognition that the energy will go to where it is needed most.  The Practitioner needs to get his/her head out of the way and let the Universal energy (higher intelligence) do the healing along with the recipient.

A lot of illness starts in the head/mind, anxiety, stress, depression, and then moves down to the neck and then moves down to the shoulders.  Once tension reaches the shoulders it builds up, and then moves onto other parts of the body lower down, if it is not dealt with.  So we treat the shoulders, head and neck first, aiding relaxation and easing tension, which helps the flow of energy to the rest of the body.   Each hand position will usually be held for several minutes, areas needing more attention will be held longer.  If there is a serious illness, it is possible to remain on that one area for the entire session and subsequent sessions until the Practitioner feels that you will now benefit from her moving onto other areas of the body.  The longer a position is held, the deeper the healing goes.

During the session, the Client and the Practitioner may feel sensations such as heat, cold, tingling, throbbing, or even pain, this is nothing to worry about, it is a sign that the energy is moving things, up and out for your good, healing is taking place.  You may see colours, get visions, or you may feel very little.  It is common for your tummy to gurgle as you open up to the Reiki healing.


Next the Practitioner will likely move onto any areas of concern, illness or injury to the physical body, spending a large portion of the session on these areas and then finally moving to the feet.  If the Client has come for general well being, a top to toe Reiki session is fine, spending approx. 10 minutes on several hand position.  At no point should the chest of a lady or her private parts be touched, if there is any concern with these areas, regarding illness or injury, then hands must be held above the body, never on.  The same obviously goes for when treating the private parts of a man.


After the session, the Practitioner will smooth down the Clients Aura, by gentle sweeping actions above the Clients body, this is repeated 3 times.  The Practitioner would start at the head and end at the toes. This actions softens any edges of the Aura that have opened up whilst the healing was taking place.


On rising, you should be offered a glass of water, as Reiki acts as a detox and it is important to keep hydrated, healing does not end when the session ends, but the process may continue healing for some days.  So it should be recommended that you drink plenty of water over the next 24 hours to help your body adjusts to the new energies that have come in.


As you come round from the Reiki session, you should be given the opportunity to discuss how you feel, perhaps what you felt.  What is shared here is entirely up to the Client.  It is not important what the Practitioner felt, as it is the Client's experience and their healing.


Remaining calm, quiet and rested will aid further healing after the session.  You may feel very cold immediately after the session.  This is normal, as the sympathetic nervous system relaxes (fight or flight) and this leads to a reduction in the metabolic rate and a retreat of blood towards the core. For the same reason you may feel tired afterwards, this usually means you were tired already although you may not have realised this.


You should be informed, that on occasions Clients do have an emotional release after a Reiki treatment, it means old hurts are releasing and though it may not seem very nice at the time, it is always a good thing to rid your body of these negative emotions.  Reiki is not seen as good or bad, it just 'is'.  But some may struggle with that concept, and really in my mind it is a 'good' thing.  These old hurts may come up as anger or may come up as upset. They will usually only last a day or two, but if this happens and you are concerned, then get in touch with your Practitioner, as he/she should be able to help by sending you distance healing, giving you the opportunity of a further space in which healing takes place.  If you have any concerns at all let your Reiki Practitioner know.  Support and guidance should not end, when the session ends.


Every persons experience with Reiki will be different and it is different from session to session for each person too.  Usually less sensations/experiences are felt during follow up sessions and this is a good thing, it means the Reiki is clearing you, rebalancing the body and healing is taking place.  So usually by sessions 3 or 4 you would notice quite a difference in the sensations/Reiki, than what you felt when you had  your initial session. 

Many people experience a sense of well-being and deep relaxation or fall asleep during or shortly after a Reiki Session.  You may be wondering if the Reiki is working if you sleep through it and the simple answer is yes.  The body heals best when we are relaxed, so sleeping through a Reiki healing session is not a problem.   


The amount of sessions you have depends on you, you are the Client after all.  But trust your Reiki Practitioner and trust yourself, you know if you have a condition like arthritis that it's not going to disappear over night, so it may take several sessions before you start to feel the benefits of Reiki, but you should feel them!  Acute problems generally heal faster than Chronic ones.


Reiki Practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not offer any diagnosis, or prognosis.  But will always recommend you visit your GP if you have any serious health concerns.  Reiki will compliment any treatment you are undertaking with your GP/hospital.

Neurological conditions such as Epilepsy, MS, ME, severe Migraine etc, should not be treated head first, but often feet first, or perhaps avoiding the head completely for several treatments.  Practitioners can use Reiji ho, intuitive reiki and be guided as to where to heal.  Always inform the client at the start of the session that if they feel uncomfortable at all, to let you know so that you may move hand positions.

Healing does not have to be laying on a therapist table.  Healing can be given and take place anywhere, at any time.  For example, if you are sitting opposite a Reiki Practitioner, they can direct healing to you out of their entire bodies, if they wish, or feel it going from their eyes, or their heart, giving the person what they need at the time.  Intent and focus are everything in energy healing.   And of course we can do this equally well through a computer screen, or mobile phone, because there really is no distance, we just need to fold the person in our minds eye to connect, just like sending someone loving thoughts, or prayers.

Original Japanese Reiki is really all about healing yourself first, before you go onto healing others.  So we have many simple practices and meditations for students to use, to connect with this healing space for themselves.  If this sounds like something you would like to learn to do, simply get in touch.  Any questions please don't hesitate to ask.  Love and Blessings, Natalie Xxx


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2nd and 3rd Degree students 'relaxing and healing'.

A healing session may not be what you were expecting!  You don't have to lay down on a therapy bed to heal!

Church Stretton, Shropshire
Reiki Retreat March 2020 

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This space can be anywhere, and at any time, you just need to focus the energy.

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A tranquil healing space

Church Stretton, Shropshire Reiki Retreat March 2020