What happens during a Reiki Treatment Session?
Reiki is best given withe the client lying clothed on a treatment couch, covered by a sheet or blanket. The practitioner's hands are then placed in various treatment positions around the head and body as the reiki is given. At times the hands are held over the client's body, working in their bio-energy field (or aura), and at other times the hands are lightly in contact with the client.
Because Reiki is a very gentle body therapy - there is no need for invasive manipulation of muscles and joints - it can be a treatment of choice for those whose health is currently fragile, the elderly or infirm. There is no age barrier to receiving a Reiki treatment. Reiki can also be given with the client seated in an armchair, if physical issues make lying on a couch difficult.
A Reiki session usually lasts about 1.5 hours, during which time many people enjoy a wonderful deep sense of relaxation, drifting in and out of consciousness, and losing track of time, so that an hour can seem like 15 minutes. I take it as the highest compliment if a client falls asleep during a Reiki session, as this means they felt comfortable enough to fully relax, and let the Reiki do its job.
Common sensations are to feel warmth or heat - sometimes coolness - from the practitioner's hands, and some clients describe seeing vivid colours through their closed eyelids.