What Happens in a Reiki Session?

At the start of a session

A Reiki healing session is very simple and requires nothing from the recipient, except to relax!

At the start of the session, I will have a quick chat with you to discover any relevant information, such as what is causing you concern. Don’t worry – you can tell me basic information, like ‘emotional problems’, or you do not

have to tell me anything at all if you do not wish to: Reiki does not require information to work, but it helps to give me, as the healer, a focus. I will talk you through the process first so that you know what to expect, and then I will ask you to either lie down on the therapy table or sit in a comfy chair, whichever is more comfortable for you.

What happens during the session

Reiki healing works by the practitioner placing their hands either on or just above the recipient’s head and body. The client is always fully clothed during the session. If you do not like being touched at all, that is fine – it does not impede the healing process. I begin at the head, sending the Reiki energy through my hands and into the recipient, where it works its way down through all of the layers of a person: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The energy works to clear, unblock and cleanse each of the chakra points, which in turn releases negative emotional energy, blocked mental energy, and helps the body to use its own resources for healing.

I work my way down the body of the recipient, cleansing each of the seven chakra points (top of the head, eyes, throat, heart, solar plexus, belly and just below the belly), and any other areas that I feel need healing on the body. I work on the front and the back of the body, spending as much time in each area as is needed, allowing the energy to flow freely and thoroughly.

Experiences during a Reiki session

People who experience a Reiki healing may have visions during the healing, see bright colours, feel sensations in the areas being worked on, or even have an emotional release: this is where long pent-up feelings may come rushing out, in the form of laughter, crying, shaking or screaming. This is a very rare occurrence, however, and I will support you through if it does happen. It is not harmful, just a release of emotions that need to be let out in order for full healing to occur.

Everyone experiences something different, and it's possible the client will not feel anything at all during the session. This does not mean that the healing is not working - sometimes the signs of the healing come out a few days or weeks later. This can be, for example, sudden clarity of thoughts and ideas, a calmness of the mind where before it was busy and constantly on the go. Or suddenly realising that the pain being felt is no longer there, or an opening of the heart - feeling compassionate and open-minded to other people. Every Reiki experience and Reiki healing session is as individual as the person receiving the healing.

The Reiki energy may give off a sensation of heat, cold or tingling. This is perfectly normal. The recipient may drift off to sleep – and wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed. Often, the mind feels clear and calm, leaving the recipient with a feeling of peace.

A session can last between 45-90 minutes, depending on how much healing is needed.


At the end of the session, I will have another chat with you to review how the healing session went, and to discuss any further requirements.

If you would like any further information regarding a Reiki healing, or you would like to book a Reiki session with

me, please use the details on the 'Contact Me' page.