When a person thinks of a massage they often think of a traditional massage therapist who works to manipulate the muscles for relaxation and stress management. A Reiki massage provides the relaxation and stress reductions without someone manipulating and massaging the muscles. Reiki is performed either hands on or hands over the body. During a Reiki treatment session the client may remain fully clothed.
Benefits of Reiki
There are many wonderful reasons to use Reiki. It is a fantastic stress reducer and stress reduction is the key to healing many disorders and illnesses. Reiki can be used to treat:
- Emotional Trauma
- To Release a Habit
Where Would Someone Go For a Reiki Massage?
A Reiki practitioner may be located in a business that provides traditional massage, or they may practice in a location that is strictly set up for their own Reiki practice. There are many Reiki practitioners who set up appointments for Reiki directly in their homes, or they may even come to the place the client wishes them to, such as the client’s home, or a skilled nursing facility.
What Is Reiki Massage?
If someone is new to receiving Reiki treatments, they may not know what to expect when they arrive for their appointment. Typically the Reiki practitioner will have them complete the release form asking for medical information and whether the client has any specific issues they would like to have worked on. Then they client will lie down on a Reiki massage table fully clothed and the practitioner will begin the treatment session. It is not necessary for the recipient to remain horizontal, such as on a table. This is the preferred method because it is often more comfortable for the client and it allows the practitioner to access all the key positions with ease. Reiki may also be administered to someone who is seated or to someone who is standing. Reiki may even be administered to someone who is across the room.
The person who is giving Reiki will likely do a brief scan of the bodies’ energy field, then they would begin to transmit the universal life force energy that is known as Reiki (pronounced – Ray Key)to their client. This is usually done using a light touch on key points of the body, but it is important to remember that a person does not have to touch the body to transmit Reiki to another person. They may hover, or hold their hands above, the same key locations a distance of about 4-6 inches away. This makes it especially practical for those people who do not like to be touched.
How Much Does a Reiki Professional Charge and How Long Will It Last?
Someone who is going to receive a Reiki treatment usually would want to know what to expect to pay for a Reiki treatment. Typically a Reiki session would cost approximately what a traditional massage therapist would charge for their massage appointments. The length of the treatment will vary between practitioners, but again the average time to schedule for an appointment would be about an hour. This includes time for a brief intake visit and a short exit visit to discuss how each person felt during the treatment.
Using Reiki In Conjunction With Other Modalities
Some Reiki practitioners enhance their Reiki practices by incorporating other healing practices with their Reiki practice. The use of crystals placed on the chakras is one such common additional practice. Because Reiki is so complimentary to other styles of healing, it becomes easy to blend personal styles. The use of essential oils and aromatherapy is another great way to add an additional layer of treatment. There are some Reiki practitioners who will work in conjunction with other treatment providers in order to allow the patient to have two healing sessions done at the same time. Great complimentary practices might include
- Reiki Massage and Traditional Massage – While the massage therapist massages the muscles beginning at one end of the table, the Reiki practitioner could begin to administer Reiki at the other end. There may be times when the person delivering Reiki stands just off to the side and sends Reiki to the person on the table.
- Reiki Massage and Cranial Sacral Work – Again each person would take a place and move along the body in the opposite direction from each other.
Whatever additional practice one might choose to have administered at the same time as Reiki, be sure that the providers are compatible in their practices so the dual practice moves along nicely, and they are able to compliment and accommodate each other’s style.
Check for local Reiki groups or Reiki circles. Often a group of like minded practitioners will set up a group healing as a chance to work together to bring Reiki to the public. These groups often meet, exchange Reiki with each other and work as a group on those who are not energy workers who come to receive the benefit of a group session. Sometimes these events are offered without charge. There may be a donation basket or a small charge to cover the cost of the venue.
The best way for someone to learn about Reiki is to stop wondering “what is Reiki massage” and find a way to get some hands on experience with it. Anyone can learn to do Reiki. After a person receives a Reiki massage and feels how relaxed and confident they become, they too may want to become a Reiki practitioner. If that happens to you, remember you do not necessarily have to have a career in Reiki. Reiki can be administered to family and friends only. There is no rule that says a person must charge for Reiki. So if you learn how to practice and do not want to open a practice to the public, be sure to at least offer it to your friends and family. They will certainly appreciate the offer.