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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1. Where does Reiki energy come from?

A. Reiki energy is a subtle yet powerful energy. It is different than electricity or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy. Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical world we are familiar with. When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioners head after which if flows through the body and out the hands. It appears to flow this way because of our perspective. However, the true source of Reiki energy is within ourselves. This does not mean that we use our personal energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a transcendental part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy.

Q2. Is Reiki a Religion?

A. Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.

Q3. How is a Reiki treatment given?

A. In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.

Q4. How is a Reiki treatment given?

A. In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes. 

Q5. What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

A. What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. However, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. As the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state of peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep or report floating outside their bodies or have visions and other mystical experiences. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.

Q6. What happens in a Shamanic Reiki session?

When shamanic techniques are utilized, shamanic practitioners work in collaboration with spirit guides. Shamanic techniques are very dynamic-- They follow a process of discerning what direction the guides want to take. It can look like traditional shamanic journeying with drum or rattle. It can also take other approaches such as singing, chanting, using crystals, moving energy, shape shifting, dancing, etc. For more Shamanic Reiki information click here.

Q7. What can be treated with Reiki?

A. Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. The side effects of regular medical treatments can also be reduced or eliminated. Reiki always helps, and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. For more Reiki benefits click here.

Q8. Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor in order to receive a Reiki treatment?

A. No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments (to view my credentials click here). Reiki energy works in absolute harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.

Q9. I have heard that Reiki can be sent to others at a distance or past or future. How does this work?

A. Energy knows no time or space. Think of a cell phone-- It’s not necessary to be in physical proximity to a caller to talk on a cellphone, as cellphones use electromagnetic radio waves to connect with other cell phones. Similarly, Reiki recipients do not need to be in physical proximity to Reiki practitioners to receive Reiki, just as practitioners don’t need to be near recipients to send it. This is also true for past events (like a traumatic memory or the onset of a disease or accident) or future events (major exams, weddings, births).

Q10. Can animals or plants receive Reiki?

A. Animals love Reiki too. They seem to have a natural understanding of what Reiki is and its benefits. Once a pet has received a Reiki treatment, they will often let you know that they want more. Plants also respond well to Reiki.

References:
Rand, W. (n.d.). The International Center for Reiki Training. Retrieved from https://www.reiki.org/

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Michelle Quiroga, LPC, RYT  / contact@michellequiroga.com

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