Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Reiki?
A: Reiki (pronounced Ray- key) is the Japanese art of energy healing. Reiki, or Universal Life Force energy, is subtle yet powerful. It is used to relieve stress and promote healing. Reiki is an excellent energizer, stress reducer, and can assist healing on all levels including mental, emotional and spiritual. Pleasant and relaxing, Reiki is often used for personal wellness. Reiki will not interfere with conventional medicine and is frequently used as additional support. Although spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion.
Q: What Happens in a Reiki Session?
A: The client lies fully clothed on a table while the practitioner uses various hand positions on the body. The practitioner either places their hands directly on the body or a few inches above. The client usually will feel warmth or some tingling. There is no manipulation of tissue. A Reiki practitioner does not diagnose. A session lasts approximately an hour. Reasons to book a session–stress, difficulty sleeping, lack of focus, injury/illness, pregnancy, surgery, emotional issues, wellness care, and end of life care.
Q: What Is a Distant Reiki Session?
A. This is a technique taught in level 2 but really starts with the first level practices. Through breathing techniques and meditations we learn how to strengthen and expand the energy within, which begins to create the healing space without. This is more obvious in an Animal Reiki class as we learn right from the beginning to be with the animals in that healing space without touch, which is also “distant” Reiki even though the animal might be just a couple of feet away.
As we advance in our practice we strengthen our ability to connect “remotely” through meditation, intention, and visualization. Now we begin to recognize Reiki as a oneness practice.
Of course, this is a simplistic explanation of “distant” Reiki. Dedicated practitioners know that this experience goes much deeper.
When a person books a session we agree on a time when they will be able to stretch out on their bed or couch, turn off their electronics and put on some nice music. I suggest they reserve an hour even though the session is 30 minutes in order to allow time to gently return from the Reiki space. We make arrangements to connect at a later time to address any questions that may arise. During the session I sit in meditation, set the intention and connect with the person.
Reasons to book a session–stress, difficulty sleeping, lack of focus, injury/illness, pregnancy, surgery, emotional issues, wellness care, and end of life care.
Distant sessions for animals are similar. I suggest the person be present (though not necessary) to observe their animal friend during the session. Some of my long term clients don’t feel the need to be present and that’s fine, too. I remind them it is not play time or food time, though petting is nice if requested by the animal. I sit in meditation, set the intention and connect with the animal in that space. I also let the animal know they are free to turn down the session. Later, I touch base with the person for discussion.
Reasons for booking a session for your animal–stress, moving, boarding, illness/injury, surgery, behavioral issues, general wellness, and end of life care.
Q: What Happens in a Let Animals Lead® Animal Reiki Session?
A: In following Kathleen Prasad’s Let Animals Lead® method, the practitioner sits quietly with the animal creating the healing space through meditation and breathing techniques. The session may be entirely hands-off. The animal is free to receive in whichever way is most comfortable, sometimes coming in and out of the healing space several times. A session lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
Q: Where Is Reiki Being Used?
A: Reiki is being used in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice. Reiki is especially good for people dealing with cancer. Not only wonderful for people, Reiki is also excellent for animals and is being used at animal shelters and sanctuaries and in vet clinics.