A Reiki treatment can take place in a number of ways dependant upon the client's mobility, personal preferences and location.
A client doesn't have to be in the same place or even in the same country to receive a Reiki treatment from me. A treatment can be offered 'one-to-one', i.e. with me and the client being in the same room or, it can be offered as a 'distance' treatment, i.e. with me and the client being in different places and us communicating beforehand via SKYPE, telephone or email. Some of my regular clients live overseas in the USA and we have never actually met in person yet we enjoy very productive distance sessions. We speak beforehand and then again after the session and the outcome for the client is exactly the same as if we were meeting in person. It's so wonderful to be able to share the calming and transformative benefits of Reiki around the world wherever it's needed.
Reiki is not 'given' by one person to another - rather Reiki is about the client connecting with whatever level of energy they need and desire at that particular time.
Every client, and every treatment, is different and I am always mindful to treat clients with respect, with courtesy and without judgment.
Confidentiality and complete 'one-to-one' attention are guaranteed at each and every treatment and I will always endeavour to create an environment of calm, of safety and of total relaxation to enable the client to take what they need from their treatment.
If we are doing a 'distance' treatment, I will speak to the client beforehand to advise them how best to prepare themselves so as to enjoy and appreciate the maximum benefits of the session. I will then also follow up with them after the treatment giving my feedback either in writing by email or 'face-to-face' by SKYPE or telephone.
If we are doing a 'one-to-one' treatment, the client may lie down (facing front, facing back or both) on a specialist Reiki couch or they may be seated, whichever is most comfortable for them. The client remains fully clothed at all times. No special clothing is required, just something comfortable and easy fitting.
Pre Treatment Consultation - The client and I will discuss the client's reasons for wishing to receive Reiki at that particular time (together with any relevant medical/personal background information) and the options for the day's treatment. I will make written notes at that stage and those notes will be retained, securely and privately, upon the client's file.
Then, jointly, the client and I will discuss and set 'intentions' for the treatment and the treatment will begin. The treatment will comprise of me gently touching the client's head, torso and limbs with my hands with a very light touch. I will sense intuitively where to place my hands and for how long. Hands do not always need to be placed on the body and in some cases treatments can be offered 'off' the body. Reiki is safe touch and I will never touch any private or sensitive parts (these and other issues will have all been discussed at Pre Treatment Consultation time). I will always be very clear about protecting a client's personal and cultural boundaries.
Reiki isn't a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. It can be offered as a 'standalone' treatment or as a complement to conventional therapies to help to maintain health and well-being. A Reiki treatment is therapeutic rather than diagnostic in that it aims to support a client's self healing and well-being, rather than to alleviate a particular issue, although often a client will be very satisfied with improvements in specific and general conditions.
Reiki is gentle, non-invasive, painless and stress-free. Most importantly, Reiki is offered to the client for them to take as much or as little, as they need at that time. The client is always in control of the treatment and I am merely a facilitator for their own self healing and relaxation
The treatment may be accompanied by soothing music, incenses, fragranced sprays, tingshas, singing bowls or just perhaps beautiful silence - whatever the client chooses at the time.
Reiki energy, whilst being both powerful and gentle, provides a relaxing and enriching experience and many clients unwind to the point of nodding off during their treatment as stresses and tensions are released from the body.
Pleasant feelings of warmth, tingling and reassurance are often experienced during a treatment and many clients refer to a glow and to a sense of comfort afterwards, particularly where the treatment may have assisted them to release past emotions and past hurts.
It's also not uncommon for clients to occasionally feel tearful or to experience strong emotions during or after a treatment and this is absolutely nothing to worry about and is a natural part of the process. I will be with you to guide you and to support you at all times throughout the treatment, and following the treatment, should any queries or concerns arise.
A Reiki session usually lasts for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (and this includes the Pre Treatment Consultation and a Post Treatment Review).
When the treatment has finished the client will gently, and in their own time, get up from the Reiki couch and will then be offered a beverage. The client and I will then have a Post Treatment Review and the session will conclude.