Frequently asked questions
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a safe and natural healing technique that treats the whole person, body, mind and spirit, to achieve balance and restore optimum health. Reiki originated in Japan with the meaning of "universal life energy" which sustains all of life. This energy is everywhere and is part of everything around us. It has been studied as a healing method for all sorts of pain, anxiety, fatigue and depression. The technique is based on the principle that the practitioner can channel energy into the patient by means of light touch or hovering of the hands to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being. When your "life force energy" is low, you're likely to be more susceptible to illness and stress. However, if it's high, the body will feel a happy and healthy energy that in stills a more positive well-being. Reiki always goes where it is needed the most.
who is reiki for?
Reiki is for everyone. It's the energy that flows through all living things. When the ‘Ki’ is flowing freely, the body and mind are healthy but when the energy is blocked or stagnant, physical and mental imbalances occur. Reiki can return the mind and body back to their natural, balanced and vibrant state. To give you a few examples, Reiki has helped people in all of these situations:
Stress dominates your life.
The demands of your life seem greater than your ability to cope with them. Everybody needs something from you, and you feel like you’ll never catch up. You’ve tried deep breathing and exercise, but that just adds more to your schedule. You’re becoming increasingly irritable, your sleep is lousy and you may feel anxious or depressed.
Challenged by illness.
You’re in treatment right now for something small, unknown or maybe it's pretty big. You’re in good hands medically, but the side affects are troubling. Maybe you’re in pain. And as good as your medical team might be, they can’t treat the worry about what this could do to you in the long run. Furthermore, you worry that your worry is impeding the healing process.
Grieving the loss of someone you love.
Maybe it’s a relationship gone sour or someone important to you has died. Either way, you feel lost and alone. You’ve tried support groups or talking to friends, but they can’t seem to soothe what feels like a big empty hole.
you seek a breakthrough in your career or higher purpose
You have a strong desire for something more than your current situation. You may be experiencing a lot of stress. You may be lacking joy and the courage and insight to move forward. Job opportunities are not surfacing because you are way off of your soul path. You need to heal first in order for your career path to meet your soul path.
Deepening your healing wisdom and spiritual connection.
Things are going okay, but you feel a nagging restlessness, a sense that there’s more to life than meets the eye. You know there’s a larger truth than the one we live day-to-day, but you don’t quite know where to look for it.
What can i expect during a session?
Healing is very personal. Everyone has had different experiences in their life which directly affect their energy system. Each Reiki session varies depending upon the individual and the healing that is being required. In general, Reiki sessions are very relaxing and comforting to people – almost like a very deep, meditative state. Muscles are relaxed and energy flow is unblocked. This helps reduce physical tension and pain. Anxiety and stress also are reduced, helping to unblock and release emotional pain. Although you may not be completely pain-free, you feel relaxed, refreshed, and better able to cope with your condition.
I do my best to create a safe, confidential and sacred space. After a brief introduction to Reiki and consultation, you will be asked to lay fully clothed on a massage table. You will be covered with a blanket and gentle music will be playing in the background. Since I am concentrating on your energy system I do not talk during a Reiki session unless you initiate it. Many people dose off into a light sleep during the session. Some people feel different sensations such as heat, tingly movements, waves, heaviness or lightness. Some people see colors & pictures or even have a thought from a long time ago. A Reiki session varies so much because it is personalized just for you. Most times, I will include sound healing using the vibrations and sound of various singing bowls. Since it is a loving energy source it is always working to heal you for your highest good. After the session, all of my clients feel at peace and blissful. Some have new pieces of wisdom or even profound moments, even days after the Reiki session.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Wear comfortable clothing, remove glasses, shoes and heavy jewelry. Since you remain fully clothed it is important for you to be completely comfortable.
Do I have to understand what Reiki is to work?
No, Reiki can be difficult to grasp, that is why experiencing Reiki sessions are the only way to better understand how it can help you. Just like you have a circulatory system and muscle system you have and “energy system”. The more you receive Reiki the more you energy system “remembers” to keeps the pathways clear and not hold on the emotions, thoughts feeling that are not naturally good for you. If you are open at least to trying it you will receive the energy on some level. There are many layers to the energy system. As an experienced Reiki practitioner I work to un-layer the system for best possible healing.
What ARE THE REIKI PRINCIPLES?
Physical healing is not complete without the healing of a person's whole life. The 5 Reiki Principles are guidelines that everyone can live by, to promote a healthy, loving way of living:
- Just for today, I will not worry.
- Just for today, I will not be angry.
- Just for today, I will be grateful.
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
Is Reiki a part of a religion?
Reiki complements other healing methods and spiritual practices. It is not tied into any religion or belief system. Since energy & love are universal so is Reiki. People from all religious backgrounds practice and receive Reiki.
Can Reiki help with mental & emotional stress?
Absolutely, Reiki has a huge impact on shifting our negative thoughts and emotions back to what is naturally good for you. It is important to understand that this would most likely happen over a series of many treatments and depends largely on what you are doing in between session to help with your own personal healing. Reiki can help with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, that gut-feeling to find a higher purpose and more. I treat many clients who have anxiety, depression and are trying to ween themselves off of medication.
Are there any scientific experiments that demonstrate Reiki works?
Yes, see Center for Reiki Research.
how often should i receive reiki?
It would be wonderful to receive Reiki on a daily basis, however, unless you get trained in Reiki that isn’t realistic. Like most practices that encourage better health (i.e. exercise, diet) it is best to incorporate Reiki as a part of your health routine. After an initial visit, I discuss with you how often would be best for them to receive Reiki based on what I felt and your goals. I encourage you to receive reiki every 2 weeks for 2 months at first to open up and begin balancing your energy system then discussing if you’d like them more spread out to about once a month or so. It really depends on you as you ultimately decide what is best for you!
how long is the session and how much does it cost?
Each session is for 1 hour and costs $100. I accept all major credit cards, Venmo, Paypal and cash.
do you accept insurance?
Not at the time, but check with your employer as Reiki may qualify as an HSA expense.
how can i make an appointment with you?
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message Pure Reiki Wellness via Facebook. My Reiki schedule has been filling up quickly and I am usually booked out a month in advance. It's always best to book at least 3-4 weeks in advance. I do, however, try to make myself available for urgent Reiki sessions.
do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, gift certificates are available for purchase and I provide a beautifully designed card and envelope or a digital gift certificate version if preferred.
do you have a customer referral offer?
Absolutely. It is an honor when my clients confidently refer me to their friends, co-workers and family. I offer $20 off your next Reiki session, after your referral has had a Reiki session with me.
what are others saying about their reiki experience with you?
You can read some of my client testimonials on my Pure Reiki Wellness Facebook page.