When you think about massage, I would bet you would think of a traditional massage therapist who performs their work by manipulating your muscles for relaxation and stress management. This is called therapeutic massage. Reiki massage provides the relaxation and stress reduction without having to manipulate and massage the muscles. In fact, Reiki can performed effectively without even being physically touched. And unlike therapeutic massage, during a Reiki treatment session the client typically remain fully clothed.
Benefits of Reiki
There are many wonderful reasons to use Reiki. It is a fantastic stress reducer. In energy healing, stress reduction is the key to healing many disorders and illnesses. Reiki can be used to treat:
- Emotional Trauma
- Release of a Bad Habit
So, What Is Reiki Massage?
Reiki is an ancient energy healing practice that uses the “life force energy” that is found in all things to harmonize the body and bring balance, health, and well being to the “receiver”. During a Reiki session, the practitioner will use their hands, either on the receiver, hovering over the receiver, or at a distance from the receiver, to manipulate the life force energy.
Manipulating the life force energy in such a way treats the receiver in a holistic manner: mentally, physically, and spiritually. The practice also uses a series of symbols to help in the harmonizing of the energy.
The goal of a Reiki massage session is to release blockages in the life force energy that have been caused by a unbalance of the opposing forces of Yin and Yang that make up the life force energy. Blockages result in dis-ease, stress, anxiety, emotional disorders, and other mental and spiritual issues.
Reiki massage can be performed with the receiver remaining fully clothed either in a horizontal position, such as on a massage table, seated, or standing. The horizontal position is the preferred method because it is the most comfortable for the receiver and it allows the practitioner to access all the key points.
The Reiki Master will likely do a brief scan of the bodies’ energy field, then they would begin to transmit the universal life force energy, or Qi, to the receiver. This is usually done using a light touch on key points of the body, but it is important to remember that a Reiki Master does not have to touch your body to transmit Reiki to you. They may hover, or hold their hands above you, at the same key locations a distance of about 4-6 inches away. This makes it especially practical of you do not like to be touched.
The length of the treatment will vary between practitioners, but 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 you felt during the treatment.
Where To Go For a Reiki Massage
Reiki practitioners are pretty easy to find these days. A quick Google search for Reiki within your city or town should return many options. Practitioners are usually located in natural healing center, holistic care offices, and possibly naturopathic doctor offices.
Many Reiki Master have their own professional offices or work from home. House calls are pretty common as well. Much like a massage therapist, Reiki Masters need no more than their hands and a good massage table to perform their services, so they can be pretty mobile.
Most major municipalities will have numerous Reiki Master to chose from. If you live in a smaller, less progressive town however, finding a Reiki Master might be a bit more of a challenge. You will most likely have to expand your search territory to find a practitioner or you might have to seek other options, like online Reiki training.
Interested in getting training in Reiki, but not sure where to start? Check out the Alternative Healing Academy’s Home Courses. They offer different courses for you current level:
Learn Usui Reiki Level 1 via Home Study at the Alternative Healing Academy
Learn Usui Reiki Level 2 via Home Study at the Alternative Healing Academy
Learn Usui Reiki Levels 3/Master via Home Study at the Alternative Healing Academy
Become a Reiki Master – Learn Usui Reiki Levels 1, 2 and 3 via Home Study at the Alternative Healing Academy
Using Reiki In Conjunction With Other Modalities
Some Reiki practitioners enhance their Reiki practices by incorporating other healing techniques with their Reiki practice. The use of crystals placed on the chakras is one such example. Because Reiki is so complimentary to other styles of healing, it is 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 administers 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 you 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 others style.
Another option are Reiki groups or Reiki circles. Groups of like minded practitioners set up a group healing as a chance to work together to bring Reiki to the public.
These groups often meet to exchange Reiki techniques and strategies with each other. They also 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 get some hands on experience with it. Anyone can learn to do Reiki. After you receive a Reiki massage and feels how relaxed and confident you become, you may want to become a Reiki practitioner.
Becoming a Reiki practitioner can have amazing benefits. It can be administered to family and friends, or self administered. There is no rule that says you must charge for Reiki or turn it onto a business. 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.