Reiki is a form of energy medicine that is used to reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
Traditional Japanese Reiki is the system of Reiki practiced and taught at CCHW. Developed by Frans Stiene and Bronwen Logan (Stiene), who founded the International House of Reiki, Traditional Japanese Reiki is a system of teachings and practices for cultivating a way of being that is self-healing and healing of others. It is based upon research into the original teachings of Mikao Usui, the originator of Reiki in Meiji-era Japan over 100 years ago.
What are the benefits of Reiki healing?
Reiki is a gentle technique which has been shown to be effective in reducing pain, anxiety, and depression, as well as improving overall quality of life. It is thought that these effects are achieved by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, thereby measurably reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol, a stress hormone.
Whether experiencing Reiki with a practitioner, or learning and practicing Reiki as a self-wellness practice, people report experiencing many ongoing benefits which include:
- Reduction in pain, anxiety, fatigue
- Enhancement of overall well-being, calmness, clarity of mind
- Improved sleep
- More rapid, less painful recovery after injury or surgery
- Increased resilience with life’s ups and downs
What to expect during Reiki Treatments
A one-hour Reiki treatment session can feel like three or four hours of deep sleep. Reiki healing works well in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques. Some benefits may include shorter healing times after surgery, and improved ability to recuperate from stress and trauma.
You may enjoy a Reiki session in-person or as a distance healing. In combination with acupuncture, Reiki treatments can enhance the healing process. See below to learn more about these options.
In Person (Hands-on) Reiki Session
Come to your in-person session wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. You will relax on a heated massage table in one of our treatment rooms, with a blanket available if you wish. The session begins with a brief conversation to ask how you are feeling and if you have particular concerns for the session. Then, when you are ready, your practitioner will place their hands slightly above or gently touching you, guided by your energy as felt by your practitioner. Generally, areas of focus are head, throat, upper/mid chest, abdomen, hips, knees, ankles, and feet on both the front and back of the body. Please be sure to let your practitioner know if there are any areas that you feel uncomfortable about.
Common sensations during a Reiki session include warmth, cold, tingling, seeing colors, a feeling of peace, or a deep sleep.
Distance Reiki Session
Your distance healing session will be scheduled ahead of time with one of our practitioners, same as an in-person appointment. At the agreed-upon time, plan to be in a safe, quiet, comfortable place, preferably lying down. It’s good to have a blanket or covering handy in case you start to feel cold. At the beginning of your session, your practitioner will do a brief phone consult with you, so you can relay any information you feel is relevant to the session, and will then hang up and provide the distance Reiki. An optional guided meditation is also offered to help you ease into your healing session. Once the meditation is over we will hang up without disturbing you and continue to send the Reiki healing. Payment will be completed in advance of the session to allow for ease of treatment.
Acupuncture and Reiki Combination
The combination of healing Reiki treatment with acupuncture is an option that many of our clients find greatly beneficial. The session begins like a regular acupuncture treatment. The Reiki healing is delivered during the time that you are lying with the needles, usually the last 30 minutes of the session. In her article, “It’s All About That Ki,” Teri Calandra observes that the addition of Reiki to an acupuncture session seems to enhance the healing process, compared to using the needles alone.
For New and Returning Clients
We recommend new clients to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation before the first appointment. This gives you the opportunity to discuss your health concerns and learn how your practitioner will work with you to resolve them.