About Reiki….. by Marcia Welch, Reiki Master Practitioner


About Reiki …

As a Reiki practitioner, I often am asked about the practice. Although becoming more mainstream—a number of hospitals now make it available to patients—Reiki does not lend itself to a simple explanation. As I understand it, Reiki is conscious energy that is provided through a hands-on healing technique. Some would say that Reiki has been shown to reduce stress and improve well-being. Others might say it’s a matter of faith. In any event, the proof is in the pudding.

My own experience after receiving several Reiki treatments in the early 2000s was that my aches and pains and chronic anxiety significantly lessened. I was feeling better. I was coping better. Those improvements were enough to persuade me to enroll in my first Reiki class and led to the realization that I wanted to share this gift with others.

Since that time, I have continued receiving and sending Reiki. The clients, family, and friends I have sent Reiki to tell me they, too, are feeling better—many a lot better.

Perhaps you have heard of Reiki and would like to know more about it. I offer the following to introduce you to the practice and let you know what to expect if you experience Reiki for yourself.

What is Reiki?

While a precise translation from Japanese to English is difficult, the word “rei” refers to spirit and/or universe. “Ki” means vital or life force energy. A basic understanding of Reiki is that this universal life force energy can be accessed and channeled to support healing. Reiki energy promotes relaxation, diminished stress and pain, and healing at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Also known as the Usui System of Natural Healing, Reiki is believed to be an ancient practice, which Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered in Japan in the early 20th century. A Japanese-American named Hawayo Takata brought Reiki to the West after extensive training in Japan.

What happens during a Reiki session?

When you first arrive for a 60- or 90-minute Reiki session at Flourish Counseling & Wellness Center, I will ask you to complete a brief intake form. The information you provide will acquaint me with any health concerns you may have, specific areas you would like me to focus on, and what you hope to accomplish from the session.

During the Reiki session, you will lie down, fully clothed, on a comfortable treatment table. A blanket and pillow will be available to provide added comfort. If you wish, soft music will play in the background.

I will lightly place my hands in a series of positions on or just above your face, head, front and back of your torso, and on your arms, legs, and feet. Be sure to let me know if any hand positions are uncomfortable for you and I will hold the position a few inches above you. Reiki energy can flow to you whether or not the practitioner’s hands rest directly on you.

You may notice a warm or even cool sensation coming from my hands. Sometimes, a client will notice tingling or even a twitching muscle. Some clients might not notice anything. All of this is completely normal. Although the Reiki experience is most often a subtle one, you likely will find yourself more relaxed and feeling less stressed. Some clients fall asleep during their session, which is perfectly fine. Others will experience an emotional release, which can also be part of the healing process.

What can I expect after my Reiki session?

After the session, you will likely feel more relaxed and centered than before. You also could feel a burst of energy, or you might find you sleep better than you have in a while.

Reiki’s effect may be dramatic, or seemingly uneventful. Some clients report an “aha” moment a day or two later when they discover a chronic pain has subsided, or a recurring aggravation is less irritating than before.

Over time, clients have reported that Reiki has helped them to think more clearly, reduced or eliminated their chronic pain, and alleviated their anxiety or depression.

If you are ready to give Reiki a try, I offer 60- and 90-minutes sessions at Flourish on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. I look forward to sharing Reiki with you!

Marcia Welch
Reiki Master Practitioner

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