Today, more and more people are beginning to step into their calling within the healing field. It is truly amazing! For it provides greater access to many different healing modalities like acupuncture, sound healing, aromatherapy, and Reiki! However, with so many people practicing, how do you know who is the best fit for you and your health? Never be shy when it comes to your care and healing. Here’s your quick “what to ask” guide!
Author’s Note: Since I am a Reiki Master, I will focus on this healing modality specifically.
How Did They Know They Wanted to Practice Reiki?
I often discuss my personal Reiki story with clients. It tends to come up naturally and shows that practitioners are human too. Finding a Reiki healer who is authentic, open, and able to connect their story with yours, may help provide a safe space for you to open up and be heard. After all, healing is deeply personal.
What Level of Reiki Attunements Have They Received?
A Reiki practitioner can start treating clients after they complete Level II Training. However, some students go on to complete the Reiki Master training, which is the next and highest level.
Reiki is a system of healing, that is channeled through the palms of the hands. This level of channeling can only be done properly after the student is given their “attunements”. An attunement is a seated meditation where a Reiki Master Teacher will imprint the sacred symbols into a student’s energy field (into their crown, palms of heads, etc.). It is a highly respected and honored process done at the completion of each of the three Reiki levels.
After a student completes the Reiki Master Training and receives the final attunement they will have full access to Reiki. However, do not let this get in the way of seeing someone you are intuitively guided to. I have personally met strong Level II practitioners with tons of expertise in the field! Going beyond Level II Reiki training is an individual decision, unique to one’s process and own healing journey.
Light Touch or a Floating Hands Technique?
It is my personal experience that most clients prefer touch healing. It can feel super safe and comforting during treatment. However, if a patient is uncomfortable with the light touch method, they may want to ask if the therapist uses a floating hands technique. Many practitioners use a combination of the two styles. You might feel their hands physically at the crown of your head, your feet, and other areas. But then they might hover their hands for energy balancing around your throat, sacral chakra, and other sensitive areas. As the patient, it is essentially to trust that the energy balancing is ultimately working either way. It is just a matter of preference to find what you are most comfortable with.
Are Other Healing Elements Incorporated into Sessions?
Some Reiki practitioners use other tools in addition to Reiki to get a client into a more relaxed state. Essential oils or even crystals might be used. Perhaps even sound healing with use of singing bowls for further chakra clearing. The practitioner is typically working intuitively and their unique style. But, do not hesitate to ask what elements are incorporated within the actual session. This way, so you can decide if the style will suit what you are drawn to!
Are They Able to Offer Realistic Self-Care Guidance?
Often in a Reiki session, there is an element of deeper discussion. A time where a client will elaborate on what they would like to work towards (less anxiety, pain management, spiritual growth, etc). Post session, they are also free to discuss what they may have felt from the Reiki (vibrations, temperature changes, jolts, colors and so forth). At this time, practitioners may provide intuitive guidance and provide self-care recommendations.
Some therapists may provide just the actual hands on healing itself and not allow much room for discussion. Again, it depends on what you are seeking. Are you solely seeking the Reiki portion to clear out heavy energy? Or are you needing guidance and coaching? Not everyone is ready to speak about deeper issues and that is OK. It is totally fine to ask your practitioner how the session flow will generally look like.
Do They Have Experience with Your Healthcare Concerns?
Every individual is unique and seeks Reiki for different reasons. If you do have a medical diagnosis such as cancer, or are seeking Reiki while you are pregnant, you may want to ask the Reiki practitioner about their professional experience.
For example, general knowledge is that a healer would not have you go face down after a certain point in your pregnancy. A cancer client may only be able to tolerate shorter session times and this should also be honored. Ultimately, the beautiful thing about Reiki is that it is a safe technique for any population (including children) as well as any diagnosis. It will only help speed up healing over time. It’s important to talk to your practitioner about your specific individual needs.
Where Do They Treat?
Do you need to be seen at home due to a certain medical condition or disability? Or do you prefer going to a safe zen space set up just for healing purposes? Needs are variable person to person. Do some research on the right setting for you. Some people prefer to go to an office where they can tune out any home drama or energy. Others prefer the comfort of their home. May seem simple but, convenience and environment can make a huge difference when it comes to how a person heals.
If you are new to Reiki, I recommend trying out different practitioners. It can be informative and fun to see different styles of healing practiced. You may also form deeper connections with support systems in the healing field. Have fun with the process, go with the flow, and always always trust your intuition when choosing your healing practitioner!