Your instructor will cover this topic in great detail. Here are some basic points.
• First create an environment as quiet, comfortable and soothing as possible for treatment.
In the home, set aside a room or designate a small area to be regularly used for client treatment. This “Reiki space” will become familiar (and thus psychologically comfortable) for clients who require successive treatments and also becomes charged with the nature ofReiki itself, (hereby facilitating the healing experience.
Wear comfortable clothing thai won’t interfere with the treatment positions.
For male patients: remove glasses, vest, jacket, tie and belt, shoes, have the pockets emplied.
For female patients: remove glasses, shoes, belt, scarves and jewellery around the neck; no girdles or tight pantyhose.
No terribly snug pants m either ease.
• Most treatments by first degree practitioners are hands-on. Remote or absentee healing is taught in second-degree Reiki.
However, occasionally it may not be possible to touch the patient directly due to severe skin infection/lesions or second/third degree burns, or thick layers of clothing or plaster cast. Or you may wish to treat an infant and don’t want to disturb his shallow sleep.
Know that Reiki finish does require direct physical contact with the skin, though.
• Insist on proper hygiene for yourself, just as you would expect from any medical professional.
Always have clean hands, washing hands with soap before treatment and afterwards for 20-30 seconds in cool running water to break the energy (low is required. If in an emergency situation water is not available, form the hands in the “prayer” position with fingertips together and press firmly for 30 seconds.
• Place a box of tissues and a sheet or blanket within easy reach.
The tissues are for eye treatment and certain ailments; the covers for the client’s comfort.
• Have the client lie down, if possible, so that gravity can aid in pulling Reiki into his body.
Place a pillow under his head; another under his back, another under his knees to relieve pressure on the lower back. Employ the sheet or light blanket if the client complains of chills.
And don’t neglect to ensure your own needs either. Remember the comfort of yourself and the client is the next most important thing to Reiki itself during a treatment.
• Make sure the client’s feet are not crossed; this tends to ‘short circuit’ the energy flow.
• Tell the client he may feel worse after the first or second treatment, either due to severe imbalance in an organ (or the body generally) or because you may stop treatment just as the illness has been brought back from the chronic stage to its acute stage before eventual release.
If this happens, a minimum three, preferably four, consecutive daily treatments will be required unless healing takes place after the first or second treatment.
“The disease must return from where it came”, is the basic Reiki tenet.
• Ask the client about ailments irritated by touching; also enquire about any major surgery.
• “Notify people what you’re going to do”, says Samdahl with a grin, “so you don’t scare them to death.”
• “Treat HEAD, FRONT and BACK, and hold anything that hurts and anything can’t go wrong.”
“Think of the front (neck to waist) as the ‘Master Motor’ of the body.”
• Keep your fingers together, otherwise energy is scattered. Curve the fingers just slightly to rest upon the contours of the body rather than making them stiff and flat.
• Begin by spending 8-10 minutes on each position.
As you practise Reiki and your bio-sensory system becomes more attuned to the universal life energy, you will sense a varying rhythmic rise and fall of energy under your hands. Your power to channel Reiki will also increase, and treatment time will shorten. Extremely diseased centres will probably need prolonged placements.
Your hands will tell you through its sinusodial partem when to break. Do so at the end of the first cycle of peak-to-ebb flow, just as the energy is about to rise again. That completes one energy cycle for that particular organ of the body drawing in the most Reiki.
Each period will differ, depending on the organ and its condition.
• If the client has organs missing due to surgery, treat as if they are present anyway. Reiki can help set up an energy pattern within the body to balance the body as if that organ were physically present, and will release adhesions if they exist.
• A cold spot indicates a dysfunctioning organ or impaired circulation. Hold the area until warm.
• “There is no such thing as a partial treatment because the body is all linked in, as you all know.”
For instance, ifa person has diabetic blindness you are not going to cure the eyes until you cure the pancreas —because the pancreas is what manufactures insulin and a lack of insulin is what creates diabetes and diabetes is what can create diabetic blindness, etc. So, until the pancicas is healed, nothing is going to happen to diabetic blindness.
• So besides emergency situations, always give the whole body treatment before focusing on particular ailments for additional Reiki. As you an- giving your time, the client should be equally agreeable to give Ins lime lor a proper treatment. The client has given you the aulhoi ity by requesting a Reiki treatment, so be firm about what you know must be done.
If partial treatment must be done, treat the solarplexus and adrenals. (This isalsogood loi energy rcvitalization and “bringing things back to life”.)
• Reiki is pulled through the body at a rate corresponding to the need of the client
• The more the energy needed to regenerate, rejuvenate and revitalize the injured body, the longer the healing will generally take.
• “At the end of 10 minutes, almost every organ has all the Reiki it needs.” Samdahl instructs as a guideline.
• TEAM TREATMENTS: Divide points on FRONT and BACK positions. Treat front simultaneously, then treat back simultaneously.
Simultaneous treatment on the torso and head is also very beneficial. Also when possible, have one healer hold the soles of the client’s feet as a means to boost his energy field.