SO YOU HAVE some questions about reiki. Most people do. That’s precisely why I created this reiki faq. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact me using the form at the bottom of the page. Make sure to include “Reiki” in the subject line. If you were wanting to book a distance reiki session and wound up here accidentally, you can schedule your reiki appointment here. Now let’s get on with our Q & A, shall we?
Q) How in the world do you pronounce reiki?
A) It is pronounced ray-key.
Q) What is reiki?
A) Reiki is a form of energy work from ancient Tibet that was rediscovered and popularized by Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki helps facilitate healing and promotes well-being of the body, mind and spirit in the client. The easiest way to explain it is like acupuncture but without any needles. The reiki practitioner serves as a conduit and helps channel energy through the client concentrating on areas where the reiki practitioner finds imbalances, blockages and/or injury.
Q) Awesome! so does that mean I don’t have to go to the doctor? Can I just schedule a reiki session instead?
A) Nope. Sorry, Charlie. Reiki is not a substitute for regular medical care. Reiki is a wonderful form of ancillary care though, which means it can be used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments. Think of it as a massage for your spirit.
Q) Are there any contraindications for reiki? Is there any reason why someone would not be able to receive a reiki treatment?
A) There are no contraindications for the application of reiki and it can be applied to anyone, anywhere at any time.
Q) How does it work?
A) The reiki practitioner connects with the client’s energy and locates blockages, injuries, and areas of imbalance. The reiki practitioner then helps the client clear the blockage to increase/improve the flow of energy throughout the body by channeling energy into the client.
Q) What can I expect during a reiki session?
A) Whether a session is conducted face to face or over a distance, I like to have the client lie down or sit quietly and be as comfortable as possible. All the client needs to do is close their eyes, breathe and just be. People experience different sensations during a reiki session. Some people see colors, some people experience warmth, lightness or a floating sensation, deep relaxation, tingling, a sense of wellness or being centered, some people just fall asleep and some people report feeling nothing at all. Every person experiences the energy differently and no one way is right or wrong. At the end of the session I discuss my findings with the client and they are then free to ask questions or provide input. That’s it!
Q) How can you conduct a reiki session without the client in the same room? That seems crazy, impossible, etc!
A) I know…it sounds crazy, but it’s true. I didn’t believe it until I experienced it personally. Since the reiki practitioner is connecting with the client’s energy and not their body, it is not necessary for the session to be conducted in person.
Q) Is reiki associated with any religion or religious practice?
A) No. While reiki practitioners come from all walks of life and religious backgrounds and some practitioners may incorporate their personal religious beliefs into their reiki practice, reiki itself has no religious affiliations whatsoever. My reiki practice does not incorporate any religious practices or beliefs and is open for anyone of any background or belief system to enjoy.
Q) Are there different levels of training for reiki practitioners?
A) Yes, there are. There are three different levels/degrees of training.
*Level I means the reiki practitioner is attuned/trained in the basic use of reiki energy. The reiki sessions must be conducted with both the practitioner and client physically present in the same room.
*Level II means the reiki practitioner is trained in distance healing and can address mental/emotional blockages in addition to the physical. These reiki practitioners are able to connect with the clients energy from a distance so the client does not need to be in the same physical location as the practitioner.
*Level III, or Reiki Master, means the reiki practitioner has mastered Level I and Level II and has undergone Level III training. A Reiki Master is able to attune students to reiki energy and instruct them in the use of reiki energy.
Q) So if you’re a reiki master and reiki masters teach, do you offer classes?
A) I am not offering classes right now…but that may well change. If you are interested in learning reiki/receiving a reiki attunement, by all means shoot me an email (you can use the email form at the bottom of this page) and we can discuss it. Please note that instruction cannot be done from a distance and the master and student must be present in the same room for the attunement and training.
Q) How long have you been a reiki practitioner?
A) I have been a reiki practitioner for 13 years and a reiki master for 7 of ’em (as of 2015).
Q) So are you psychic, intuitive, medium, witch, Satan worshiper, etc.?
A) Satan worshiper? Hahahaha! Uhhhh, no. Like I said, reiki is not related to any religious practice, be it Hinduism, Christianity, Wicca or Satanism. I’m just Alli and this is just reiki. Now as far as the rest of the question: I am an intuitive medium, yes. I will very often, though not always, pick up on or see information regarding your life, current situations, past events and the like. This often comes in the form of random snippets of information that I “see” which have absolutely no meaning to me, but will usually have meaning to you. There are even occasions when people from the other side might stop by and let me know they are with you. I cannot stress enough that I can’t see your deep dark secrets. Your mind, your energy, your higher self will never provide me with or allow me to see information about your private life that you want to remain private. Believe it or not your subconscious, spirit or whatever name you want to call it, is in control of what information I receive. So if you are worried I’ll find out some deep dark secret, it will never happen. Your higher self will never betray you like that. So don’t let that be a deterrent. I do not advertise these services nor do I accept appointments solely for them as they’re not the current focus of my practice. The only intuitive service I currently offer, apart from reiki, are tarot card readings. I might offer more intuitive services in the future, but not right now. If you want to schedule a reiki session but do not want to know any of this additional information, you can always let me know before our session and I will exclude it from our post-session consultation.
Q) I think your full of sh*t.
A) Ok. That isn’t a question, but I’ll address it anyway. It’s ok if you don’t “believe” in reiki. You don’t have to believe in gravity either, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I know what I know through my own experiences and while I can’t tell you exactly HOW it works, I know it does…as do such esteemed hospitals as MD Anderson Cancer Center, who has offered reiki workshops to patients and Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut where a research study found that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86 percent, reduced pain by 78 percent, reduced nausea by 80 percent, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94 percent. So for those who are still skeptical I would suggest developing an informed opinion by trying it before dismissing it. Either way you can feel free to take it or leave it. I am not here to change your mind and I have nothing to prove. It’s cool. I still love you.
Q) Do I need to tell you what my issues/goals are before the session?
A) Nope. I actually DO NOT WANT YOU TO TELL ME what your issues are. Not a single one. The less I know about you, your issues and your life the more effectively I can work and the better your session will be. Telling me about your indigestion, arthritis, or ear infection can actually prevent me from following the energy. Basically, knowing what your issues are before I begin can cause my conscious mind to lead the energy instead of the other way around. Reiki energy knows what you need better than I do, so it’s best not to let my conscious mind get in the way. If, however, you want to tell me about your goals that’s a horse of a different color. Feel free to tell me you want to clear some emotional blockages and want me to focus more mental/emotional work. You can certainly tell me you would like me to stay out of your head completely and to only focus on the physical. Just please don’t tell me you have a chronic toe-ache that started when you were 8 when you stubbed it while running around a wave pool at a water park. The less I know the more effectively I work.
Q) I need to cancel my appointment. What are your cancellation policies?
A) You can find all my reiki cancellation policies right here. I strongly suggest you read it before booking just so we’re on the same page…it’s kind of important.
If you have any questions that weren’t addressed in this faq please feel free to contact me using the email form below. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have to the best of my abilities.
Still on the fence about reiki? Check out what my clients have to say about their sessions with me by reading their reiki testimonials. They loved their sessions and I know you will too. I look forward to hearing from you.
Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick