EDITION: December - February 2014

Reiki - A Healing Touch

Text: Cat Weisweiller
with the practitioner in place merely to act as a conduit between the client and it. There are three levels (degrees) of training in Reiki: level 1 is designed to equip the trainee with the tools to treat themselves, friends and family; level 2 is for those who may wish to practice Reiki professionally; level 3 is the Master level, for those looking to expand their understanding of the system and teach others.
As a rule of thumb, the higher the level attained by the provider, the more profound the experience for the recipient. However, there are always exceptions to this rule and, rest assured, Reiki can do you no harm, whomever’s hands it’s in. So, if you’re going for a Reiki appointment, ensuring that your practitioner is at least attuned to level 2 is important, but the rest is just a case of following your heart and soul to wherever they naturally lead you.
A session will range from 30 – 90 minutes, depending on the practitioner, and the client’s individual needs. You’ll remain fully clothed, and be treated either sitting or lying down. Most commonly, Reiki energy will be channelled into the client with a series of hands-on, or hands-off, positions across the body. Everyone’s experience is unique, but it’s not uncommon to see a spectrum of colours, or experience warmth or tingling at the site where the practitioner’s at work. What is never in question, is the deep sense of calm and relaxation you’ll feel throughout the session and beyond… •