No two people or the history and geography of their problems are alike, even if the symptoms on the surface seem the same. So no practitioner can tell you in advance how many sessions you will need. However, with both EFT and Reiki after the initial consultation a suggestion of how many sessions may be required for a particular issue can be suggested by the practitioner.
People have a wide range of responses. The body has a natural way of releasing or “off-gassing” accumulated stress and trapped energy from within the nervous system. During EFT sessions this off gassing may express as yawning, crying, laughing, tingling, burping, feeling waves of energy or heat coursing through the body.
Like acupuncture and acupressure, tapping is a set of techniques which utilize the body's energy meridian points. With EFT you can stimulate these meridian points by tapping on them with your fingertips. The tapping points are named after their location on the body; Top of the Head, Eye Brow, Side of the Eye, Under the Eye, Under the Nose, Chin Point, Collarbone, and Under the Arm. There is also the “Karate Chop” point which is on the outside edge of your hand, midway between the base of your pinkie and the top of your wrist. It’s the place you would use to “karate chop” a board placed on two stacks of bricks.
There is no wrong or right way to tap and the tapping points will be pointed out in the consultation session and following each session the practitioner will work alongside the client stating which points need to be tapped.
What makes our work transformative is that we team up together. When we are dealing with deeper traumatic memories, you were there once already – pain has been experienced already – having a practitioner, support, and guidance allows us to feel safe, comfortable and secure that when a painful experience shows up, we are not alone.
As an EFT practitioner, we facilitate your treatment, like a good coach. We help you to work through issues that you can’t or don’t want to handle yourself. We use questions, rapport, reframing, testing, and many other skills to ensure that your healing process is as safe and complete as possible.
There is no need for you to talk about your problem if you do not want to. There are specific ways of doing EFT that can be applied in these situations. The avoidance of retraumatising the client is a great benefit of these techniques and it is a regular occurence that relief can be achieved without any traumatising detail being discussed.
No. Placebo effects require some belief in the process and this is rarely the case for newcomers to EFT. Also, although EFT may appear to be distracting, it will not work if the client is, in fact, distracted. That is why the client continually repeats a reminder phrase after the practitioner which focuses on the issue that the client is wanting to work on.
A typical Reiki session lasts approximately between 45 to 60 minutes. The client will lay fully clothed on a therapy table (covered in a blanket, usually listening to soothing music) however, seated sessions are also available. Reiki treatments can also be given to people in wheelchairs as well as those in a hospital setting or under palliative care. Most Reiki practitioners will ask their client to remove their shoes, for the comfort of both practitioner and client.
A Reiki practitioner will place their hands lightly on or just above the client receiving treatment in a series of hand positions, including the - Head, Arms, Hands, Body, Legs, and Feet. Each position will typically be held for a few minutes, but sometimes a practitioner may linger a little in those areas that need extra attention before moving on to the next position.
Please know that safe touch should be practiced at all times, and a experienced practitioner will usually be able to sense what is or is not a appropriate touch for you. The consultation session will allow you to select a hands on or hands off session however be sure to tell your practitioner if you are uncomfortable at any time.
Everyone experiences Reiki in their own unique way, however most people report feeling profoundly relaxed after a session. Reiki generally feels like a gentle warmth, but some people also report that Reiki feels like a pulsing, tingly, or even wave-like sensation. Some people see colours or experience a sudden remembrance of traumas long passed, while others feel nothing at all.
Be assured that Reiki helps us to regain our health and restore us to a balanced state on all levels, physical, mental, and emotional, whether we feel it working or not. It is also common for clients to actually fall asleep during a treatment. After the Reiki session, some people might feel a little dizzy or 'spacey.' This is normal and will pass, just be sure to take your time getting up or off the table if you feel the need and to drink plenty of water following the treatment.
Distant Reiki sessions last 30 minutes and can be scheduled at a time that is most convenient for you. During the session, it is best if you are lying down in a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. At the time of your session you should be at home, relaxing, preferably in a room on your own (your bedroom would be ideal). Make sure no one disturbs you, and ensure that your phone is switched off. Just lie there, on your bed and close your eyes.
Reiki is more than powerful enough to work on you unaided, so you don’t need to help it. So, don’t do breathing exercises or meditation exercises. After all, if you were having an in person Reiki session you would do nothing, other than lie there and close your eyes.
During the session you will experience the same sensations that in person clients experience. You might see colours, you might feel warmth or even cold in different parts of your body. You might feel fine sensations of pins and needles. You will certainly feel very relaxed, and might even drop off to sleep. Everybody’s experience of Reiki is unique to them.
When the session is over, don’t get up straight away; make sure you lie or sit where you’ve had the session for a few minutes and to drink plenty of water. As most clients tend to fall asleep during the treatment an email is sent by the Practitioner regarding details of the session and if needed a phone/ skype call is scheduled for the following day.
Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. Practitioners and clients are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.
No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If you have a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that you see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including pharmaceutical drugs, surgery, psychological care etc. and will improve the overall results.
The word 'chakra' translates to “spinning wheel of energy'. There are seven main chakras of the body - Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral and Root. They are considered "energy vortices" and each chakra vibrates at a different frequency and therefore relates to a different colour. The energy from the chakras are channeled to various organs of endocrine glands that correspond to each chakra.
Each chakra reacts and responds to energy and can be blocked due to physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual stresses. If left untreated, this blocked energy may cause a variety of physical illnesses thus you may hear about the chakras when receiving a Reiki session.
Below, Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
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