FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki is an ancient healing modality with roots in the idea of life force energy. All living things operate at a certain vibrational frequency – the higher the energy or frequency, the more favorable. The word Reiki is comprised of two Japanese words – “Rei”, which means “God-like Energy”, and “Ki” (or “chi”), which means “Life Force Energy”. The concept connects the two to create a spiritually-guided, healing force of energy.
Reiki is considered a non-denominational, spiritual practice. It is not tied to any dogma, and no prior beliefs are required in order to benefit from Reiki. It is a simple, natural and non-invasive form of spiritual healing that heals beyond the physical body – it integrates into the emotional, mental and spiritual body as well. It may also be used to complement other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects, injuries and promote a faster recovery.
WHAT DOES A REIKI SESSION FEEL LIKE?
Each person may receive and feel Reiki differently. Often, those who have received Reiki have stated they feel a certain “glow” about themselves in the time after their session. Feelings of peace, relaxation and security are often experienced. Many Reiki recipients feel a sense of clarity, or as though a weight has been lifted. Some even assert that physical pain has been reduced, or even eliminated after a series of Reiki sessions.
HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM REIKI?
Though a person can reap the benefits of a Reiki session even if they do not “believe” in its concept, the idea that receiving Reiki, or “good Chi”, is often supported by the idea that one can heal whatever they’d like about themselves. The mind is a very powerful part of the human body and experience – it is the central part of how we think, act, do and feel. By allowing yourself to receive supportive, universally omnipotent energy, you are creating the experience of your choosing and manifesting your desired experience.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS PEOPLE SEEK REIKI FOR?
Reiki can benefit anyone, for anything – it is the universal positive life energy. However, those seeking spiritual healing may be looking to solve for a specific problem. These may include past traumatic experiences, past-life experiences, prior injuries, past or present emotional trauma, manifesting abundance, love, or happiness, or general spiritual wellness. Please note, seeking treatment from a Reiki practitioner should not be used as a substitute for treatment deemed necessary by a medical professional.
HAVE A QUESTION THAT WASN'T ANSWERED?
Though it has been used in Eastern Medicine since the early 1900's, Reiki has only become recently widely known in the US. As such, people often don't have a lot of context for which to compare. If you have any other questions, or wish to learn more about it before a session, feel free to send an email.
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH YOGA?
The art of practicing yoga helps in aligning an individual's mind, body and soul. It brings together physical flexibility and mental discipline in order bring peace to the body. Yoga has been shown to help manage stress and anxiety while it promotes physical strength and fitness.
DO I HAVE TO BE FIT TO BE GOOD AT YOGA?
No! Yogis of any skill level can enjoy yoga. Flexibility develops with more practice, but the mindful benefits are available to all. No one starts out as an expert at yoga - though I've spent years weightlifting in the gym, I developed new muscle strength I didn't know I had, depending on different asanas practiced. The same can happen with you. Fitness helps, but is certainly not a requirement to start.
I'M NOT SURE WHERE TO START - I'M TOO SHY TO JOIN A LARGE CLASS.
Private lessons are a great way to learn the basics while maintaining your privacy. You'll receive one-on-one attention, detailing proper alignment, posture and gaze.
WHY SHOULD I MEDITATE?
Studies have shown that meditation can lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety and depression, as well as reduce symptoms of PTSD. Meditation is a positive way to reinforce mindfulness, attentiveness to ones' own body and prioritizing health, both mental and physical.
Saeed, Sy Atezaz et al. “Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Benefits of Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation.” American family physician vol. 99,10 (2019): 620-627.
I'VE NEVER MEDITATED - I DON'T KNOW HOW. WHAT DO I DO?
I'd highly recommend checking out my Guided Meditation offering - it can be done in a group setting, one-on-one, or over Zoom in the comfort of your own home! You can learn the basics of breathwork, clearing your mind, visualization and other techniques. I am also CTAA-certified in EFT/TFT technique (tapping), and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), which can be a helpful healing modalities both on their own, or supportive alongside a treatment protocol directed by a licensed healthcare professional.