What to Expect

If you've never experienced Reiki, you probably have a lot of questions about what goes on during a session.  When I began my studies, I had no idea what to expect.  I'll admit that I was a bit nervous about the entire thing, but my mind was quickly put to ease by the simplicity of the session.  Although each session is different, this page offers a very general guideline to what you can expect.

In-Person Sessions

When you come in for an in-person session, don't be nervous!  The process is super simple.  First, we'll just chat for a few minutes.  I'll ask you a few questions like why you chose to have a session, what areas you hope to work on, etc.  I might ask you about any physical ailments you have or what treatments you are currently undergoing. Don't worry, everything is completely confidential.  I'll probably also ask you to fill out a form of basic information as well.  This is only for my records, and again, is totally confidential.  And I will ask you if you are comfortable with gentle touch on your head, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, stomach, legs, feet, and back.

A typical Reiki session is done on a table, so I will ask you to make yourself comfortable on my pretty purple Reiki table.  There is absolutely no clothing removal during a Reiki treatment, with the exception of your shoes.  But even that can be worked around if the need arises.  If you are physically unable to get on the table, or simply uncomfortable with it, it's not a problem.  You can sit wherever you are comfortable and still receive treatment.

After you are settled in, I will ask you to close your eyes and relax.  I may lead you on a short guided meditation to help ease you into a relaxed and centered state.  If you gave me permission to touch you during the session, you will feel my hands in various positions on your body.  I may also pull my hands away from you.  Don't worry, I'll tell you when I'm done.  At some point I may ask you to roll over on to your stomach if you are able to.

The actual sensations that you will feel are a bit harder to describe.  Each session, each person, is different.  You may feel my hands heating up.  You may experience a gentle current of energy throughout your entire body or in one particular area.  You may daydream, or have visions, of beautiful healing things.  Or you may simply feel your body relaxing in a deep and soothing way.  Whatever you feel, it will be what you need.

In some cases, emotional issues can bubble up during a session.  This is completely normal, and it signals to you that you need healing in that particular area.  If you feel the sudden urge to laugh or cry, let it out.  We will work through it together.

After the session is over, I will give you a few minutes to gather your thoughts on the experience.  Then we will sit and chat again about anything that came up during the process.  This part is very important!  Not only can it help you understand things that might have occurred, but it gives you time to return to the present.  I certainly don't want you rushing out of the door half dazed!

And that is a traditional Reiki session!

Admittedly, I do not practice strictly traditional Reiki.  I blend Reiki with Shamanism and other techniques.  But Reiki will always be the primary focus of a session.  If you are open to other possibilities, and if the need arises, we will discuss them.  Typically this involves a powerful guided meditation, called journeying, that can supercharge your healing.  This is especially potent for emotional scars.  If you'd like to learn more about the techniques I sometimes use, click here.

Distance Sessions

Reiki energy is not hindered by time and space like physical matter is.  Whether you and I are inches apart, or continents apart, the Reiki energy will still flow between us.

When you contact me for a distance session, we will establish a time for the energy to be sent.  If you need it sent at a specific time, say while you're at the dentist having a tooth pulled, that can be arranged.  All you would need to do is open yourself up to the energy.  For example, just as you sit down in the dentist's chair, say to yourself "I accept the healing energy of Reiki being sent to me".  And that's it!  The energy will do the rest.

But what if you don't have a specific time in mind?  Maybe you have Thursday afternoons to yourself and would just like the energy to help you unwind.  That can be done as well!  If we've settled on a time frame together, all you need to do during that time is get comfy and relax.  Open yourself up to the experience and enjoy!  Pay attention to any sensations you feel during the session.  Even the smallest thing can prove to be very important!

Again, the specifics of what you will feel will vary from session to session.  You may feel a current of energy flowing throughout your body.  You might tingle all over or in one particular area.  You may simply feel relaxed.  Or your experience could be totally different!  Whatever happens, it will be what is needed.

After your session, I will email you with a detailed report of the session and anything that came up during it.  After you've had the chance to read over it, feel free to ask any and all questions that you might have.  I may also recommend techniques for you to try, like meditations or energy exercises.

And that is it!  It really is that simple!

If you still have questions, or if there was something you didn't quite get, please don't hesitate to contact me!  You can email me at laurie@empyreanreiki.com or fill out the short form on the contact page here.

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