When giving Reiki, it is good to keep in mind that
you are in service to the person receiving it. Likewise, if you
are receiving Reiki you are in service to the one who is giving
it. It is both an honour and a privilege, an exercise in humility,
an adventure in healing and a glimpse of your own and another's
Check your Ego at the door.
Don't worry it will still be there when you come out!
Give Reiki with love in your heart and humility in your
Respect the recipient's choice to use Reiki as he/she chooses,
or not at all.
Always introduce yourself - whether practitioner or client.
Always ask permission if you are the practitioner and always
make sure you have given permission if you are the client.
Review hand positions with anyone not familiar with Reiki.
Always wash your hands before a treatment and keep your
While Reiki should be given with only a light touch, some people
prefer a heavier pressure. Make sure that the pressure is comfortable
if you are the client. Try to keep the hand pressure constant
if you are the practitioner.
When giving Reiki, try not to fidget or move around while your
hands are on the client. This can be most annoying if you are
the client. If you are the client, though, feel free to move around
as much as you like.
Some people like soft music in the background, or incense burning
to enhance the atmosphere. Just as often, silence is preferred.
It probably need not be said that Ozzie Osborne would be an unlikely
choice for music. But then, never say never.
Clients have the absolute right
to speak up if they feel uncomfortable for any reason
It is best to refrain from resting
your arms or head on the client's body.
Always keep at least one hand on the client's body until
the treatment is completely over. This maintains the connection
so the Qi may continue to flow. Breaking contact breaks
the Qi flow.
It is usually a good idea to close your eyes
and try to connect with yourself deep within, either your
body, your breathing, an emotion, whether you are the client
or the practitioner.
If you are the practitioner, try to keep
your focus on the client, especially when you are in the
Heart region. A teacher once advised that when in the heart
position it serves healing best to 'fall in love' with your
Try to connect with the Love that is in your
If you must open your eyes and look around the room to
see who just walked in, try not to disturb your client and
ask yourself why you are distracted.
Keep whispering to a minimum while treatments are going
Be considerate of your client by being a regular client yourself.
Only then, will you be able to appreciate how sensitive you become
to every small movement and sound. unless, of course, like many,
you have fallen into a profoundly deep sleep.
When the treatment is over it is a good idea to
stay with your client and help them off the table and if necessary
help them to a chair to sit for a few minutes.
A Reiki treatment can be a very profound and moving
experience, causing some slight disorientation getting off the
table. If you are the client, you might want to allow yourself
to be helped. For many this is an important lesson in receiving.
Reiki is a very special and sacred experience and
the tendency is to reverent silence. But you are not in Church,
so it is not wrong to laugh, be joyful, and have fun. Probably,
though, you might want to wait until you are outside the treatment
room before you start whooping it up.
Everyone approaches Reiki in their own way, so always
be considerate, have gratitude, share your experience if you wish,
or not if you don't, and honour each journey as you would wish
your journey to be honoured.
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