Reiki is a hands-on healing which is done using the universal energy. Reiki practitioners work on the 7 main chakras that are situated on the head, the brow, the throat, the heart, the solar plexus, the sacral and the root. They represent imbalances on either an emotional/spiritual or physical level. Reiki is not related to any religion, so, whether you are Christian, Roman Catholic, or Buddhist, etc., it will not interfere with your religious beliefs.
The difference between 'healers' and Reiki healers is that Reiki healers go through a very special ceremony called an attunement where they receive the universal energy to be able to heal.
The Reiki healer will take a medical history and have a discussion on what you want from the treatment. They will ask you to lie on the couch (fully clothed), close your eyes and relax. Gentle music may be played in the background and a scented candle may be burning.
The hand positions are held for a few minutes at each chakra, enabling the energy to flow freely to work on the imbalance within that chakra. The sensations you will receive are varied. Some feel heat from the practitioner's hands; some feel cold; some, tingling. Some have seen colours. Some have had an emotional release. These are all quite natural. Reiki does not harm in any way and is carried out with the benefit of the patient being treated utmost. The overall feeling is of relaxation and peace.
If you do not like the idea of hands being placed on your body, then Reiki can be done with hands held over the chakras.
There is not anything that cannot be treated with Reiki, although, if you are on any medication, precautions are to be taken, as it may alter the need for the strength in dosage.
Stress, sports injuries, tension, long term pain, anxiety, arthritis, insomnia, low energy and depression, for example, can all be treated with Reiki. Reiki strengthens and harmonises the immune system; clears toxins; releases emotional blocks; and balances the organs and glands and their bodily functions.
Almost anything can be treated with Reiki. Those who are on medication are advised to have it checked as Reiki can affect the absorption of the medication. Diabetics are told to check their insulin as Reiki can also effect this.
Initially the first treatment takes between 1½ - 2 hours and then anything from 1-1½ hours.
Each person feels something different. Some feel tingling, some heat/cold, some see colours.
Here, again, depending on what the problem is, it varies from complete relaxation to a release of emotions.
No. The treatment is done fully clothed and if the patient doesn't like being touched then Reiki treatment can be done placing the hands above the patient.