ALL ABOUT: REIKI

In this new series, The Still Point experts will take you behind the scenes of different services that we offer, to provide a deep dive into a treatment. Here we will discuss what the treatment is, why it’s beneficial to healing and wellness, how you can practice it at home, and who at The Still Point is an expert.

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WHAT IT IS

We sat down with our own Reiki masters Mary, Edwina, and Olivia, to discuss this form of energy work—what it is, why they love it, how it works, and who (and what) it’s good for.

Let’s start with the basics: energy occupies space in the body and can bind up and get "clogged," causing emotional and physical pain. Reiki practitioners are skilled at sensing blocked energy and are able to gently release the blockage. A Reiki session is experienced full clothed and the practitioner very gently places their hands either directly on, or just above your body.

"Reiki works with a person’s energy fields (Chakras) that control the flow from the energy field to the physical body to support their natural ability to heal." - Edwina Davis, massage therapist and Reiki master

From Aimee Falchuk, Understanding How to Move and Manipulate Energy, “we often complicate the word energy by trying to define it in scientific or mystical terms. All we need to understand energy is to get quiet and feel into ourselves or our surroundings. For example, when we feel present, our energy is grounded; when we feel attraction or repulsion, we may feel an energetic charge; when we laugh or cry, we may feel a discharge of our energy.”

“Reiki is an extremely versatile tool for a bodyworker. The energy field like the physical body collects tension, tightness, and injury. Reiki along with other energy modalities such as Healing Touch or Pranic Healing seek to release these blocks and smooth those connections.  It is something that I believe comes through in every massage that I give. I do not believe that the body is a sum of a parts, in every session I take into consideration the mind, body, and spirit of my clients. This may be as practical as a person who wants a massage, but is uncomfortable disrobing. It can also serve for more complex clients, those who are physically fragile due to illness or injury. These may be ailments of the body or the mind. For clients with PTSD, even 'minor' touching can be too triggering. Reiki and other energetic modalities offer non-touch options as an introduction to bodywork.  While it may begin as a completely non-touch session it can also include placing of hands in specific positions, or be included in the flow of a massage. It allows for a relationship of trust to be built.” - Olivia Dabe, Massage Therapist and Reiki Master.

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WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT

"A Reiki treatment normally consists of the practitioner placing their hands on various locations of the client’s body and channeling the Reiki into the client’s energy field. However, Reiki can also be given with the hands off of the body, and can even be sent over a distance." - Mary Gauker, massage therapist and Reiki master

From The Still Point’s Edwina Davis: someone can receive Reiki through various methods :

  • Full body Reiki (one on one in a private treatment room)
  • Seated in a chair
  • Remotely/from a distance
  • With more than one person providing Reiki at the same time
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WHAT REIKI FEELS LIKE

“While the Reiki experience differs from person to person, most people feel a deep relaxation, and they often drift off to sleep.” - Mary Gauker

“It varies from the client feeling nothing at all to a deep sense of healing or a massive emotional release, the most common is a radiating heat from the practitioner's hands.” - Olivia Dabe

We also really like what Jill Blakeway, author of Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing said about what Reiki might feel like for a first-timer, “I try to give people a realistic understanding of how long this should take, and one of the things that I like people to understand is that it’s not magical. The healers I met who appeared magical were often the most charlatan-like, and the healers who were doing really good work insisted on time and patience for real results. It takes a while to get your body reorganized. It’s complicated.”

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IS REIKI IDEAL FOR A SPECIFIC PERSON OR PARTICULAR SITUATION?

“My experience has been with people who have experienced trauma due to a death in the family, a romantic breakup, or stress.  It can be done near the end of life , or for people that are critically ill, and for people that are touch sensitive. I have had clients that have broken down into tears during the session and have felt some relief.”- Edwina Davis. 

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WHAT REIKI TREATS

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WHAT TO DO BEFORE RECEIVING REIKI? WHAT ABOUT AFTER?

“The main requirement is to be open to receive. Afterwards they may feel the need to take it easy.” - Edwina Davis

“A Reiki session is a practice of stillness. I recommend avoiding stimulants or intoxicants before and after a session. The effects of the session can take time, and it is important to allow yourself the opportunity to notice them by moving more slowly and taking an inventory of your Self before and after the session. As a practitioner it is impossible to touch without being touched in return. I feel this is doubly true when it comes to energy work. As a Reiki practitioner I serve as a conduit for the treatment and receive many of the same benefits, feeling a greater sense of Self that is oftentimes calmer and more centered.” - Olivia Dabe

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FAQ

What is energy?

Energy medicine practitioners (including acupuncturists), work on the fundamental premise that all physical objects and psychological processes (thoughts, emotions, beliefs and attitudes) are expressions of energy. Therefore, all bodies are believed to be infused with a "subtle" energy or life force.

Can I do energy work on myself?

From Goop: “One effective way to work with energy—and my personal favorite—is to ‘run energy’ through the chakras,” writes energy healer Jakki Smith-Leonardini. She takes us through an eight-step meditation to clear out old energy and ground ourselves in the present.”

Can I do Reiki on myself?

“Reiki is a wonderful practice with an established infrastructure, however it is a closed loop system. One has to be attuned in order to practice on self or others. There are many lineages of Reiki that one can train with and receive an attunement to become a part of the community. While Reiki is probably one of the most well-known forms of energy work there are others that do not require an invitation to practice. They allow a layperson to become in touch with their own innate energy field through meditation and intention.” - Olivia Dabe

What does Reiki feel like for the practitioner?

Giving a Reiki treatment can be healing for the practitioner, as when you channel the Reiki for the client it also affects the practitioner and also gives them a feeling of deep peace.

How often should I do Reiki?

If you’re treating a physical energy or emotional trauma, you may benefit from weekly treatments, whereas monthly maintenance treatments can be helpful in managing chronic conditions or difficult life situations. 

“​​Reiki is something that as a practitioner I have incorporated into my daily life similarly to meditation and prayer.” -- The Still Point’s Olivia Dabe  

Is Reiki just something you can receive at a spa or spiritual center?

Reiki along with other complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies are increasingly being encouraged in medical settings as treatment for chronic pain. Here are two links that reference how the military is utilizing CAM therapies in their treatment of soldiers.

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WHAT IT IS

We sat down with our very own Reiki masters, Mary, Edwina, and Olivia to discuss this gentle form of energy work—what it is, why they love it, how it works, and who (or what) it’s good for.

Let’s start with the basics: energy occupies space in the body and can bind up and get "clogged," causing emotional and physical pain. Reiki practitioners are skilled at sensing blocked energy and are able to gently release the blockage. A Reiki session is experienced full clothed and the practitioner very gently places their hands either directly on, or just above your body.

"Reiki works with a person’s energy fields (Chakras) that control the flow from the energy field to the physical body to support their natural ability to heal." - Edwina Davis, massage therapist and Reiki master

From Aimee Falchuk, Understanding How to Move and Manipulate Energy, “we often complicate the word energy by trying to define it in scientific or mystical terms. All we need to understand energy is to get quiet and feel into ourselves or our surroundings. For example, when we feel present, our energy is grounded; when we feel attraction or repulsion, we may feel an energetic charge; when we laugh or cry, we may feel a discharge of our energy.”

“Reiki is an extremely versatile tool for a bodyworker. The energy field like the physical body collects tension, tightness, and injury. Reiki along with other energy modalities such as Healing Touch or Pranic Healing seek to release these blocks and smooth those connections.  It is something that I believe comes through in every massage that I give. I do not believe that the body is a sum of a parts, in every session I take into consideration the mind, body, and spirit of my clients. This may be as practical as a person who wants a massage, but is uncomfortable disrobing. It can also serve for more complex clients, those who are physically fragile due to illness or injury. These may be ailments of the body or the mind. For clients with PTSD, even 'minor' touching can be too triggering. Reiki and other energetic modalities offer non-touch options as an introduction to bodywork.  While it may begin as a completely non-touch session it can also include placing of hands in specific positions, or be included in the flow of a massage. It allows for a relationship of trust to be built.” - The Still Point's Olivia Dabe, Massage Therapist and Reiki Master.

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WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT

A Reiki treatment normally consists of the practitioner placing their hands on various locations of the client’s body and channeling the Reiki into the client’s energy field. However, reiki can also be given with the hands off of the body, and can even be sent over a distance. - Mary Gauker, massage therapist and Reiki master

From The Still Point’s Edwina Davis: someone can receive Reiki by:

  • Full body Reiki (one on one in a private treatment room)
  • Seated in a chair
  • Remotely/from a distance
  • With more than one person providing Reiki at the same time
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WHAT REIKI FEELS LIKE

“While the Reiki experience differs from person to person, most people feel a deep relaxation, and may drift off to sleep.” - Mary Gauker

“It varies from the client feeling nothing at all to a deep sense of healing or a massive emotional release, the most common is a radiating heat from the practitioner's hands.” - Olivia Dabe

We also really like what Jill Blakeway, author of Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing said about what Reiki might feel like for a first-timer, “I try to give people a realistic understanding of how long this should take, and one of the things that I like people to understand is that it’s not magical. The healers I met who appeared magical were often the most charlatan-like, and the healers who were doing really good work insisted on time and patience for real results. It takes a while to get your body reorganized. It’s complicated.”

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IS REIKI IDEAL FOR A SPECIFIC PERSON OR PARTICULAR SITUATION?

“My experience has been with people who have experienced trauma due to a death in the family, a romantic breakup, or stress.  It can be done for people nearing the end of life, or people that are critically ill, or people that are touch sensitive. I have had clients that have broken down into tears during the session and have felt some relief.”- Edwina Davis. 

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WHAT REIKI TREATS

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WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO BEFORE RECEIVING REIKI? WHAT ABOUT AFTER?

“The main requirement is to be open to receive. Afterwards they may feel the need to take it easy.” - Edwina Davis

“A Reiki session is a practice of stillness. I recommend avoiding stimulants or intoxicants before and after a session. The effects of the session can take time, and it is important to allow yourself the opportunity to notice them by moving more slowly and taking an inventory of your Self before and after the session. As a practitioner it is impossible to touch without being touched in return. I feel this is doubly true when it comes to energy work. As a Reiki practitioner I serve as a conduit for the treatment and receive many of the same benefits, feeling a greater sense of Self that is oftentimes calmer and more centered.” - Olivia Dabe

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FAQ

What is energy with regards to Reiki and other forms of energy medicine ?

Energy medicine practitioners (including acupuncturists), work on the fundamental premise that all physical objects and psychological processes (thoughts, emotions, beliefs and attitudes) are expressions of energy. Therefore, all bodies are believed to be infused with a "subtle" energy or life force.

Can I do energy work on myself?

From Goop: “One effective way to work with energy—and my personal favorite—is to ‘run energy’ through the chakras,” writes energy healer Jakki Smith-Leonardini. She takes us through an eight-step meditation to clear out old energy and ground ourselves in the present.”

Can I do Reiki on myself?

“Reiki is a wonderful practice with an established infrastructure, however it is a closed loop system. One has to be attuned in order to practice on self or others. There are many lineages of Reiki that one can train with and receive an attunement to become a part of the community. While Reiki is probably one of the most well-known forms of energy work there are others that do not require an invitation to practice. They allow a layperson to become in touch with their own innate energy field through meditation and intention.” - Olivia Dabe

What does Reiki feel like for the practitioner?

Giving a Reiki treatment can be healing for the practitioner, as when you channel the Reiki for the client it also affects the practitioner and also gives them a feeling of deep peace.

How often should I do Reiki?

If you’re treating a physical energy or emotional trauma, you may benefit from weekly treatments, whereas monthly maintenance treatments can be helpful in managing chronic conditions or difficult life situations. 

“​​Reiki is something that as a practitioner I have incorporated into my daily life similarly to meditation and prayer.” -- The Still Point’s Olivia Dabe  

Is Reiki just something you can receive at a spa or spiritual center?

Reiki along with other complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies are increasingly being encouraged in medical settings as treatment for chronic pain. Here are two links that reference how the military is utilizing CAM therapies in their treatment of soldiers.

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