I’m often asked: “What should I do when receiving Reiki?”, “Or what does… mean?”

You don’t need to “do” anything when receiving Reiki. That’s one of the wonderful aspects of the practice.

There’s no “right” or “wrong” response to these 10 common questions, yet I hope they serve as a helpful guideline for you during your next Reiki session.

1. Where should I place my hands?

Place your hands wherever they are comfortable. By your side or above your head are both fine.

2. What should I be thinking about?

You don’t need to think about anything in particular. If certain thoughts or events come to your mind allow them to come and go.

At the start of the treatment you may notice that your mind is very busy. That’s okay. The Reiki treatment is letting you know that balance needs to be restored. We can go through deep breathing techniques that further help your mind to relax. They’re simple to implement during your day.

3. I felt my pain disappear. Is this common?

Yes, the physical pain that you’re experiencing, such as back or shoulder pain, can lessen during a Reiki session. It indicates that healing is taking place.

4. I felt my sadness lessen. Is that normal?

Yes, like physical pain, emotional discomfort that you’re experiencing tends to lessen during a Reiki treatment. This is a positive aspect of a Reiki session because it indicates that healing is taking place.

5. Should I meditate during my Reiki treatment?

Only if you wish to. Reiki tends to put you into a meditative state so you don’t need to intentionally start meditating.  You may wish to take a deep breath at the start of your Reiki session to center yourself.

6. I felt your hands get hot. What does that mean?

Heat where my hands are placed indicates that Reiki is needed more in that area compared to another. For example, if your mind is busy you may experience extra heat on your head, compared to your knee, assuming of course that you don’t have a knee condition.

Although it’s common to experience a warming sensation under my hands during a Reiki treatment the session is just as effective if you never experience this. Reiki meets your need. When receiving Reiki it’s best not to compare yourself to your friends or family members who have had different experiences to you. Rather than focusing on physical sensations that come and go during a Reiki treatment note how you are after a session. That is, “Are you more relaxed and balanced?”. In most cases you probably are.

7. I fell asleep. Is that okay?

Yes, healing and recovery from illness and injury takes place when you are deeply relaxed. Enjoy reading more about that here.

8. I felt your hands were still on my head even though you had moved to my shoulders. What does this mean?

It indicates that Reiki is still working on your head. Your entire system continues to rebalance and restore even after the Reiki treatment finishes.

9. I am tired after receiving Reiki. Is this normal?

Receiving Reiki or treating yourself with Reiki is rebalancing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  If you feel tired after a Reiki treatment it’s because you have been pushing yourself too hard and your adrenal glands have been overworked. The tiredness is encouraging  you to stop, practice self-care (which is an ongoing practice for natural givers), receive further Reiki sessions or practice extra self-Reiki.

10. I have a lot of energy after receiving Reiki. Is this normal?

Reiki balances your energy. So alternatively, if you experience a sudden burst of energy it’s because your energy was stagnant. Once your energy begins to flow smoothly and you feel more energised it’s a wonderful time to begin creative pursuits and start ticking things off your to-do list.

Have further questions? Feel free to email me here.

Further reading:

Receive Reiki

Learn Reiki

Reiki Meets Your Need

Is it okay to fall asleep during Reiki?

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