Is Reiki a religion?
Reiki is not a religion. That said, Reiki requires an openness and readiness to heal. Reiki is naturally spiritual but there is no belief one must have and the energy will move to where it's needed most.
Is there anything I can do to aid the Reiki healing process?
Reiki facilitates detoxing your physical and energetic bodies, so drinking plenty of water before and after your session helps aid this detox. You can also help this further by a sea salt or epsom salt bath after the Reiki session. Also, grounding your energy by sitting outside or going for a walk in nature. Try to arrange your Reiki session to allow for some peace and quiet after.
How is a Reiki treatment given?
Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but can also be given while seated or standing and the client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the client body in a series of hand positions from the head, arms, legs, feet, stomach, etc. Each position is held for several minutes depending on how long the energy is flowing. The whole treatment can last from 30-60 minutes.
How often should I get a Reiki treatment?
The answer is up to you and what you may be currently going through. Many Reiki practitioners act as counselors for their clients as well as working with your energy. If you are going through a significantly difficult time, visiting your Reiki practitioner every week or every other week may be auspicious to ease your movement through this current difficulty. Regular treatments at least monthly will keep your chakras and energy aligned and flowing. As you become accustomed to how your energy feels, you will know when it's time!
Is Reiki a massage?
No, Reiki is not massage. They both are very relaxing and you lie on a massage style table. Massage involves manipulating the muscles and Reiki does not. Some massage therapists are also Reiki practitioners but you need special consent for them provide you with Reiki while doing a massage. With Reiki, you are fully clothed. The Reiki practitioner touches your body in a series of different hand positions from your head to your feet and hovers over private areas like breasts and pelvis.
Is Reiki safe?
Yes, its safe. There are no known medical contraindications. Reiki energy can only do good, that said, an unprofessional Reiki practitioner could cause harm. Be sure to research your Reiki practitioner and find someone that suits your needs. If at any time you feel uncomfortable during session, speak up, that practitioner should immediately address your concerns. Remember, you should not need to remove your clothing and the practitioner should not be touching you in private areas or should not touch you at all if that is what you prefer