Reiki Session Described


Reiki Session Described

Reiki session: Explained

Warning, there is no such a thing as a reiki    session protocol and everything can have variations depending on the client needs, the practitioner preferences, other energy tools utilized. Reiki can be administered by anyone who has training, which could be a professional practitioner, a health care provider, a friend or family member, or even you yourself if you have been trained in Reiki. Moreover, there is no unique setting: a quiet place is preferable, but Reiki can be done anywhere, no matter what else is happening either around or directly to the recipient.

What I will describe below is a generally accepted standard, though it can sound complicated. I personally try to keep it simple and find myself doing what to an onlooker will seem very basic, but it is equally or even more effective. Aka, the below is what in a Reiki class it is explained to the beginner practitioner.v

That said, there are 3 basic type of sessions

  • Self – Reiki: practitioner to oneself
  • Hands on: the client is in person
    1. Chair method (15-30 Mins)
    2. Laying down in a table method (45-60 Mins)
  • Distance Reiki: the client is not physically located in the room with the practitioner.

We are not going to talk about animal or objects reiki, though they are under the hands-on category, they require particular variations.

Walking into the session:

All Reiki sessions start the same way. As an opening, the practitioner will first ask the client if they want to share the reason or any specific “things” (pains, mental/physical or stress or just search for relaxation) that brought them to the session. This is meant to help the provider understand which areas to focus on more and be extremely attentive to particular aspects of the session.

Followed by clearly explaining how the treatment will is structured, clarifies doubts and concerns that might come up. This is especially important for individuals for whom it is the first experience. (or the other way around, explain first and ask later) this is meant to be a conversation. It is important to highlight that the actual experience is very subjective, but the more comfortable we feel with the process the more enjoyable it will be.

To finish the introduction the provider will ask for permission of the client or in absence of the client of the client’s higher self to perform the treatment. It is not ethical to continue without this step and it is not correct to assume the permission is implicit.

Getting the energy flowing:

Most practitioners will start by getting some soft and relaxing music going, helping the client center and guiding them to taking a big breath. For themselves as part of grounding, they will go into prayer/meditation mode, this will help them get the energy flowing. Some practitioners will request help from spirit guides, ascended masters, angels, god, saints, archangels, Dr. Usui or no one. It is up to each Reiki channeler what they need to do as preparation for a particular session and what does or does not align with their belief system. No two sessions are the same.

After we are all well and relaxed….Reiki session itself starts


Self Reiki

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Giving Reiki to oneself is recommended as a daily practice. To keep the chakras and other energy systems (Like meridians) balanced. Imagine the chakras as energy hubs and the meridians as highways through which the energy flows, if they are blocked or have road stoppers the flow will become unstable, weak, basically disturbed in ways that will manifest as discomfort, manifestation difficulties and even illnesses of sorts.

When attending class, the Reiki teacher will provide the student with a map of the most common hands’ positions (see picture #1) to use and will recommend holding the positions for 3 to 5 mins.

The standard hand positions are commonly between 13 and 17.  calculating a few numbers 17 positions*3 mins = 51 mins approx. Most people don’t dedicate an hour to their daily reiki session. The recommendation is to go through the 7 chakras for 3 mins = 21 mins or keep it flowing when you go to sleep or call on the energy while meditating or practicing yoga..etc

Hands-on Reiki session

Reiki hands othersIn a therapeutic table, they normally take 35-60 mins. There are standard positions (picture #2), but most practitioners after they gathered experience will modify them according to what resonates with them, the nature of the therapy, the client and any other techniques they can bring to the table. Some other tools most healers have are crystals, chakra cleansing, meridian tracing, aromatherapy, aura work..etc.

When the treatment is provided with the recipient in a chair the length tends to be shorter 15-20 mins. The reasons for using a chair can vary from environmental accommodations available to clients preference or injuries, you name it. The standard hands’ positions are in picture 3.

One little consideration; ”hands-on” does not mean that 100% of the time the healer will touch the recipient. The healer can work at aura level which is normally a few inches above the body of the client and is still called “hands on”. Why would someone choose this method? I personally like it because

  • I don’t like to be touched as a recipient (yep, we all have our crazy)
  • As the practitioner, I get more information from the Aura and the body when I’m hovering on top vs touching the client.

Distance Reiki

hon sha ze sho nenThese are slightly different because it has no space or time limitations. Exactly! You can send energy anywhere in the world and for any moment in time. Into the past, if you want to heal a traumatic event, the event does not disappear, it is not magic, the way we feel the event and the energy we currently have attached to the event is what it works on or the Future. For example, you might want to send some good vibes to an upcoming exam or job interview or house hunting..etc.

Geography is not a “thing” to worry about either, the recipient can be as close as the same room but don’t want a hands-on or as far as the other side of the world.

The key is to focus the attention and thoughts on the person that will receive it. A lot of creativity can go into how to perform these remotes events. As before I will start by giving you a generic version and will explain how I modify them for myself later.

  1. All the prep steps are the same. The sender will get comfy space if possible, turn on some music and/or light candles if it pleases them. Request permission from the higher-self of the person that will receive the energy, relax and get it flowing.
  2. Representation: most Reiki practitioners will use a signifier or representation of the recipient that will facilitate to concentrate the attention and focus the intention.
    • Substitute technique: This involves using a doll, pillow or even ourselves as a replacement for the person we are sending the Reiki. We give Reiki normally and project to the receiving person through the object you have chosen.
    • Thigh; The practitioner imagines that one tight is the front and the other is the back of the person receiving the energy and then continue as usual
    • Photography: Reiki a picture with the person and write the name of the person in the back.
  3. Send the energy: once steps 1 & 2 are in place, the practitioner will most likely start with the symbol Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen, which is the distance and time symbol and let it flow.
  4. Close the session.

My own system, as medium or representation I like to use crystals grids with the symbols and name/s written in the back and a picture if I have it handy. The crystal grid adds a little extra power and energy to the session.

If I want to perform a quicky for several intentions, objects and people at the same or don’t have the time for a lot of prep I use a reiki box .

Closing a session

A session can be closed in many different ways but it is an important step in the process. Reiki can leave a client and ourselves very open to the energy around us if we don’t close it properly because the recipient is so relaxed and balanced. Therefore, there are a few critical things we should do

  • The practitioner should seal the client’s aura and close the healing. I like using the infinity symbol, thanking for the session and declaring it closed.
  • Send the client off with a clearly-stated intention with focus on his higher good
  • Help the client become grounded before leaving the room.
    1. Give Reiki to the soles of the feet
    2. The client should take a final breath to come back to the room
  • Before leaving the practitioner should.
    1. Ask questions and feedback on the session
    2. Offer a glass of water and a small snack
    3. Remind the client to drink more water than often in the next 24 hours
    4. Remind the client that they might feel more tired than usual and to rest.

In distance Reiki is the same, the person providing the reiki will declare the session closed, be grateful for the opportunity and take it easy.

I hope this helped and find it useful,



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