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Reiki FAQ

I'm receiving medical, psychological, massage, osteopathy or other treatment, can I receive Reiki?

Yes. Reiki can be combined with other complementary therapies very successfully. In fact, Reiki can enhance the effects of other treatments. It can also be used to complement the health care you receive in hospitals or with other health care providers.

Have clinical studies been done with Reiki?

Yes. In clinical studies, Reiki treatments have consistently been found to relieve stress, reduce pain and improve mood. Click here to read a summary of studies that have been conducted.

I can't attend in-person, can I still receive Reiki?

Yes. A Reiki Distance Treatment is a great option for those overseas, interstate, or simply unable to attend the Yemaya Centre in-person. Click here to read more about Reiki Distance Treatments.

Do I remain clothed during a Reiki Treatment?

Reiki is a laying-on of hands technique and does not involve the recipient disrobing. We explain the hand positions before the treatment. No personal areas of your body are touched, unless your permission is obtained. This usually occurs during the initial consultation, before the treatment begins, (e.g. in the case of breast cancer, permission is sought before directly treating the breasts). If you are uncomfortable with touch, an entire/or partial Reiki treatment can be effectively performed with hands 3-4" away from the body. 

Has Reiki ever been practiced in hospitals?

Yes! Reiki programs have been run in over 800 hospitals in the USA - before, during and after surgery, in Cancer Care, Palliative Care, and other areas. Reiki is believed to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Additionally, Reiki has much to offer in the way of increasing wellbeing and resilience. It is stress reducing, balancing and relaxing. Click here for a summary of clinical studies involving Reiki.

Are there any sensations during or after the Reiki treatment?

It depends on the individual. You might not feel anything, but this does not mean that Reiki is not working . On the other hand, you might have sensations during or after the treatment such as: heat, cold, tingling, buzzing, relaxation, sleepiness, or other. It may also happen that your symptoms worsen after the treatment, but just for a short period of time, after which you will feel improved. To receive the full benefits of a Reiki treatment, it is important to drink lots of water and abstain from toxins (i.e. nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, processed food etc.) for at least 48hrs after a treatment to aid the cleansing of the body.

Is Reiki a holistic treatment?

Yes. Holistic care addresses the PERSON who has the disease, rather than the Disease the person has. Holistic healing seeks to bring people to a state of wholeness in Body, Emotions, Mind and Spirit.

Is Reiki safe?

Reiki energy works only for the Highest Good of each person and can NOT cause harm. The practitioner does not use their energy to heal - they channel Reiki, which is Divine Life Force Energy. Reiki is safe for anyone and for any situation including pregnant women and children.

Is Reiki a religion?

No. Reiki is not a religion. It is very spiritual in nature, but there is no belief required in order to learn and use it. The beauty of Reiki is that it will work regardless of whether you believe in it or not.

I'm thinking of learning Reiki. Can I treat myself?

Absolutely. The foundation of the Usui Reiki System is personal and spiritual growth through self-treatment. Therefore, after completing Reiki First Degree, daily self-treatment is encouraged and recommended. 

What is a Reiki attunement?

Attunements are performed by a Reiki Master during Reiki Courses. Attunements are energetic transmissions used to pass on the Reiki frequencies of the relevant Reiki Level (i.e. Reiki First Degree).

Can Reiki be used with animals and plants?

Yes. Animals can respond faster to Reiki than humans. Plants also respond well, because they are living energy fields that can be out of balance. There is a growing number of Reiki Practitioners specialising in Animal Reiki.

How is Reiki different from other modalities? 

Reiki connects with the energy itself, rather than manipulating it. As such Reiki is subtle, gentle and suitable for children and during pregnancy.

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