Originally published on The Body Temple.
Reiki has numerous benefits. From helping alleviate pain to lessening feelings of anxiety and depression, this energy healing technique offers many different forms of relief and relaxation. The Universal energy channeled during a Reiki session is used by each receiver’s body, mind, and spirit in ways that are specific to their distinct situations. Reiki is effective for so many because the energy flows where a person needs it the most.
However, after more than 10 years of doing hands-on wellness work, I know that one of the most valued benefits of Reiki and similar modalities isn’t necessarily a direct result of the work. Rather, it’s the fact that visiting your Reiki practitioner – entering the room, listening to soothing music, closing your eyes and letting someone else take care of you for once – feeds our desire to “get away from it all.” It’s like a mini-vacation just when you need it, something to look forward to every month.
Trust me, I get it. When I was working with clients face-to-face, I loved the scented oils, the relaxing tunes, and generally calming environment, too. What I DIDN’T love: the noises from people at the front desk; the client snoring like a freight train in the next room; having to rush through sessions to stay on a spa or wellness center’s schedule. I outright hated having to drive through traffic to get there. And not being able to find adjust the temperature to my or my client’s liking – THE WORST! These things didn’t happen all the time, but when they did, I’m sure my clients found them pretty annoying, too.
When I started offering distance Reiki sessions last year, all of those unpleasant realities vanished. Even more importantly, many of my distant clients reported experiences that seemed far more powerful than what most of my hands-on clients had experienced. I don’t think this has anything to do with me as a practitioner… and honestly I’m not sure why anyone experiences what they do during a Reiki session. (I’d be lying if I said I did… but feel free to ask the Universe! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
My theory, though, is simple. It’s the magic of being in your own space, and it applies to both the receiver and the giver. When both people are in their own spaces, where they are already most comfortable, which are steeped in their own energies, and which they don’t have to rush or jump through hoops to get to, there is great potential that each will be much more open to the natural flow of Reiki energy. I think this is especially applicable when one or both people are introverted, shy, or socially anxious. As much as I love doing hands-on work, I have to admit, for some people, distance sessions seem to work better. (Though certainly, there are people for whom the opposite is true as well.)
Of course, whether you choose to have a hands-on or distance Reiki session should be based on what works best for you. Know thyself. Pay attention to what your body, mind, and soul needs, and provide that nourishment in the form of self-care that resonates. If you’re wondering whether distance Reiki could be right for you, rest assured – you don’t have to miss out on your “mini-vacation” to try it. Here are a few tips for creating your own sacred healing space in the comfort of your home.
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