Reiki

What is a Reiki session like?

A Reiki session involves a brief chat about your reasons for coming, your knowledge of Reiki, and what you can expect to experience during the session. You will be given the option to stop the session at any time.

Whenever you feel ready to begin, you will be asked to lie, fully clothed, on a massage table, or sit in a chair. You will be offered a blanket and made warm and comfortable.

I usually start at the ankles and then go to the top of the head and work down, scanning and working with whatever energies I am guided to use.

You will feel a very gentle resting of my hands on your head, face, torso, legs and feet. Sometimes I also work with my hands slightly off of the body.

You may feel warmth, tingling, coolness or sensations of energy moving through your body. You may also see colours or visions, and some people even report hearing sounds like water, birds, voices etc.

You will become very relaxed, almost to the point of falling asleep. (I often have people drift off on my table.)

After a session you may feel very “light”. I always ask people to sit and sip some water before they leave to make sure that they are properly grounded or “back down to earth.”

People will often have incredible bursts of energy following treatments. If they have been experiencing any physical pain it is can be reduced or even eliminated. Some report having deeper more relaxing sleeps after Reiki, and clients will simply feel less stressed and more able to cope with day to day events.

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How does Reiki work?

Reiki is Universal Energy. Reiki practitioners have been attuned by a Reiki Master so they can channel energy through their hands. The Reiki gently clears away any stress in the physical and emotional body. It then fills you with healing energy. This energy can then be accessed by whatever part of you that needs it. Your body will naturally take what is appropriate for itself.

Reiki essentially removes energetic disturbances and boosts you up with energy so your body, mind and spirit, can more efficiently repair and maintain themselves.

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What can Reiki help with?

Reiki helps with anything and everything. Be it physical, emotional or spiritual. It is a complementary therapy. Which means it will help and support you whatever you may be going through. Studies have shown that Reiki speeds up the healing process. Reiki is being used in some hospitals to help cancer patients with their recovery process.

Some clients will have dramatic results, and others will find that they simply feel better. They feel confident and full of life and vitality.

Even if you are already in good health, Reiki can give you energy to spare and feelings of inner peace.

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What does “Healing Crisis” mean?

“Healing Crisis” is a scary sounding term. I prefer to use the term “Releasing” instead. After any energy work a small percentage of clients go into a “release”. What this means is your body is trying to release toxins. Sometimes the release is physical and sometimes emotional.

  • A physical release could be anything from a headache, diarrhea, skin rash, or tiredness.
  • Emotional releases could be old memories surfacing, or unexplained irritability, sadness, or weepiness.

Releasing or Healing Crisis is a GOOD THING! This means that the Reiki is doing its’ job and getting rid of these unhealthy residues.

To support yourself through a releasing time, drink plenty of water to flush toxins from your system. Eat and sleep well, and try to find some quiet time. Don’t worry, releases are usually mild and brief, but if symptoms persist, or if you find them overwhelming, always consult a medical or psychological professional.

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Should I stop taking my medicine or treatment after a Reiki session?

NO!! Reiki is only meant to be a supportive experience. Please ALWAYS consult qualified medical personnel for any serious health issues. It is illegal for a Reiki practitioner to advise a client to stop taking any medical treatment, prescribe medications or make any kind of medical or psychological diagnosis. If you ever feel that you do not need to continue with other treatments, please consult with your Doctor, Naturopath, Herbalist, etc. before discontinuing your usual treatment.

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Where did Reiki come from?

Reiki was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui. However it is said to be an ancient healing system originating through Tibet, or possibly even through India via Egypt, that was rediscovered by Dr. Usui.

The Reiki story many know is that Dr. Usui studied for many years looking for a healing system. He was advised by a monk to go to the mountain top to meditate for 21 days. On the morning of the 21st day he was struck in the forehead with a ray of light and was given the Reiki system of healing.

He taught Reiki to others and it has been handed down from Master to Master and has evolved into the modern form of Reiki practiced today.

We now know that there is a more detailed history of Reiki and how Usui created the system. Further down the page you can find a list of reading materials to help you learn more.

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Is Reiki a religion? Will it go against my belief system?

Reiki is not a religion. It is “Universal”. There is no dogma or belief system that you must adhere to in order to give or receive Reiki. It will not go against any belief system that you hold. Reiki is simply sending loving energy with the best of intentions to another person, therefore Reiki cannot do harm to anyone.

Some people do find a sort of “enlightenment” through the practice of Reiki, but these feelings can be integrated with any of your existing practices. For example, I know Christian Reiki practitioners that say they feel closer to God when sending Reiki, and it feels like they are praying for Gods’ love to heal their clients.

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Are there any books you would recommend to help me understand more about Reiki and Energy Work?

Besides my own manuals, which can be found on the  Shopping page of this site, I also recommend some of the following:

* Traditional Reiki for Our Times by Amy Rowland
* Tapestry of Healing by Jeri Mills, MD
* The Spirit of Reiki by William Rand, Frank Petter and Walter Lubeck
* Energy Medicine by Donna Eden
* The Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

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Who Is Bonnie?

Bonnie Adam is a Registered Acupuncturist, a cupping therapist and a Reiki Master and intuitive healer. She also teaches a variety of workshops including Reiki and cupping therapy.

"Follow your healing pathway."

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