Reiki is an energy healing modality that acts on physical, mental and spiritual levels through the channeling of lifeforce energy. It can be received several ways: as an element of a massage session, as a series of treatments to address a specific issue, or as an individual Reiki session to experience its deeply relaxing and rejuvenating nature.
In a typical Reiki session, the client is made comfortable on the massage table with blankets, pillows, and bolsters. Soft music and gentle aromas are often used to encourage relaxation. Sometimes Reiki practitioners hold their hands just over the surface of the body, though most often rest them with gentle pressure on one or many energy points on the client. The practitioner acts as a conduit for lifeforce energy directed toward the recipient.
Except when received as a part of a traditional massage session, a Reiki recipient is clothed during the session. It’s a good introduction to bodywork for those who are timid about undressing for a traditional massage. Reiki can also be received while seated or reclined, and is an excellent alternative or complement to massage for those with physical challenges that make table massage uncomfortable.
Many recipients of Reiki feel a physical sensation like warmth, coolness or tingling; some have experienced colors, visions, sounds or smells. It is common for these sensations to continue after a session, as Reiki seems to stimulate healing and sensitivity to energetic surroundings for a varying time after the actual session.
HOW TO BOOK: Book an Integrated Wellness Massage to experience Reiki with Rachael DeCosta (Reiki II Therapist), Pauline Diaz, and Tonya Lumphrey. The Reiki Principles Reiki’s founder, Dr. Mikao Usui, specified five principles to guide recipients and practitioners of Reiki in living harmoniously. Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings. Just for today I will not worry. Just for today I will not be angry. Just for today I will do my work honestly. Just for today I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
About Energy Therapies There is an aspect of intangibility with energy work. Working with energetic life-force is much different than receiving medical or surgical treatment. It requires the active participation of the client and an honest desire to receive. Practitioners of therapeutic energy work are not figures of authority empowered to remedy any dysfunction or imbalance with their magic touch; at best they are compassionate guides with the training and ability to be present and attentive with their clients.
In a typical energy balancing session, a variety of visualization exercises, guided meditation, gentle stroking or hand positions are used to encourage energetic balance. Unless received as a part of a traditional wellness massage, clients typically lie fully clothed on a massage table while receiving energy work. Energetic therapy practitioners are able to scan a client’s energy centers (referred to by some as chakras) and pathways (often called meridians) to locate potential imbalances in energetic flow. Practitioners are trained in a variety of techniques to clear blockages, encourage healing of leaks and stimulate or calm energetic flow. Many massage therapists are also able to integrate energetic techniques into a traditional massage session.