You don’t have to actually do anything, but I encourage you to tune in to your body. Use the sacred time of your session to go off-line with the world and on-line with yourself. Your body is full of information and wisdom that often goes unheard in the busyness of daily life. Use this time to listen.
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No matter how familiar or unfamiliar you are with the concept of “going within,” you do possess the ability to listen to your body. As with anything in life, all it takes is a little practice. My general instructions are: Relax. Breathe. Get Curious. Begin by using your breath. As soon as you begin a session or any practice, tap into your breath and feel its contact with your body. Work to deepen the breath by lengthening both the inhale and the exhale. In addition to focusing on the breath, you can also focus on the feelings you are experiencing during a session, approaching your sensory experience from a place of curiosity.
It is common to feel not only physical sensations but also emotions when experiencing energetic shifts. If you feel an emotion or an unexpected sensation during or after a session, well that’s great! This means you are relaxed and open enough to allow that to happen, and I encourage you to feel it, let it move and let it go, even if it feels awkward, uncomfortable or even a little bit scary. Make whatever movements your body is asking for. Make whatever sounds feel helpful. Do whatever you need to do, trusting that your body and being know how to move the energy. The alternative is to hold onto it, which is a surefire way to continue to hold onto unnecessary stress and even make ourselves sick.
I encourage you to work to your edge. By “edge,” I mean that you’re allowing yourself to move a bit beyond your comfort zone so that change can occur but not so far that you shut down and shut out the possibility of integrating new information into your system. In some trauma healing modalities, this is referred to as the “window of tolerance.” Work there.
Take care of yourself after your session; ask your body what it needs. Hydrate more than you normally would. If you are feeling tired from a particularly intense session, try and get some extra rest; maybe journal or take a hot bath.
Be consistent with your self-care between sessions. If you’re not sure what I mean by self-care, ask me what I suggest. The more consistent you are with your self-care between sessions, the better you’ll feel and the longer lasting the effects of your session will be. Plus your next session with me is likely to be more effective because you’ve kept the basic maintenance under control.
If you felt something significant after your session, whether “positive” or “negative,” I’d love to hear about it. Please let me know! This is great feedback for me that I can add to your file and take into consideration for future sessions.
Occasional sessions are terrific for relaxation. If you’re working toward relief from specific issues, however, more regular treatment is usually necessary, at least in the short term. The therapeutic benefits of any modality are cumulative, and the more frequently you seek it out, the more responsive your body will become as chronic patterns of stress and tension are released. If you feel you are in a crisis (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual), it will likely take a few closely spaced sessions to see lasting results, at which point less frequent maintenance sessions will likely help you move forward in a way that feels supported.
All of the sensations, feelings and emotions you experience during a session are full of rich information. I encourage you to write down what you feel, as new insight may occur with the reflection that comes with writing. In addition, you may find this information useful as you become more in tune with your body and start making unexpected connections. Some clients have found it helpful to bring this information to other health care practitioners, including physical therapists, doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists and mental health providers.
Reiki refers to the energy that makes you human, the essence of who you are. Reiki also refers to a system of practices that includes hands-on and remote healing sessions, which is often what people think of when they think of Reiki. The most common effects people report after a Reiki session are a decrease in stress and pain, but the possibilities are too many to list. Reiki healing sessions support overall balance and a connection to the energy that is your true self, impacting your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. I currently offer Remote Reiki sessions, and you can read more about them here. I also teach Reiki courses that emphasize direct experience as a tool to develop a stronger connection to your true self. Click here for Live Online Reiki Trainings
In short, Reiki can help with anything, as it boosts your capacity to heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Reiki sessions are often used to treat the following conditions.
- Pain (acute and chronic)
- Stress (acute & chronic)
- Chemo’s side effects
- Fibromyalgia and other autoimmune conditions
- Pre- and post-surgical prep and pain
1. Be on time. My schedule tends to be quite full, so being on time also allows me to provide you with your full session length. Please let me know if you’re running late so that I’ll be more likely to shift things and accommodate. However, I may need to cut your session short depending upon my capacity to shift my schedule.
2. Allow extra time for your first appointment. Depending upon how long we talk before and after your session, you may want to add an additional 10 to 15 minutes of padding to your appointment (especially if you’re a verbal person).
3. Please cancel or reschedule early. Because of the appointment based nature of this business, please provide at least 24 hours’ notice if you wish to reschedule or cancel your appointment. If you are not able to do so, you will be charged 100% of your appointment fee. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
1. Know what your goals and priorities are. Spend some time considering what you most need both the day of your appointment and longer term.
2. Tune in. Use the sacred time of your session to go off-line with the world and on-line with yourself. Your body is full of information and wisdom that often goes unheard in the busyness of daily life. Use this time to listen and get curious.
3. Communicate. Although I am skilled in working with people in a healing capacity, you know yourself best. Your input can provide valuable information that will improve the quality of your session.
4. Eat enough but not too much. Try not to eat a big meal right before your session, but also be sure you’re not going to be distracted by hunger during your session.
5. Stick with it. Occasional sessions are terrific for relaxation. If you’re working toward relief from specific issues, however, more regular treatment is usually necessary, at least in the short term.
Wear comfortable clothing. If you are engaging in a movement based session, be sure you can move well in your clothing; also, the looser the clothing, the more difficult it will be for me to see what is happening in your body.
The general rule of thumb is to eat enough but not too much. Try not to eat a big meal right before your session, but also be sure you’re not going to be distracted by hunger during your session.
Because of the appointment based nature of this business, please provide at least 24 hours’ notice if you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment. If you are not able to do so, you will be charged 100% of the appointment fee.
Because I work on an appointment basis, my schedule can be very tight. Being on time also allows me to provide the full session length, and you will walk into my office feeling calm rather than frantic. Worst case scenario, please let me know if you’re running late; we can work together to resolve scheduling conflicts.