Reiki FAQs:

Is Reiki suitable for me?

Reiki is a very gentle, subtle treatment that is suitable for everyone, including babies and expectant mothers. Although Reiki is spiritual in nature, practitioners and those seeking treatment can be of any religion or none and no belief is necessary for Reiki to be effective. It can help bring deep relaxation, relief from physical pain and emotional suffering and promotes positive mental and spiritual connections and self-healing. It is a complementary therapy and not intended as primary healthcare, but can work alongside the care and treatment given by your doctor. If you have any questions about Reiki and its suitability as a treatment for you, please call me.

What can I expect when I come to see you?

Once we’ve discussed what has brought you to me, you will lay fully clothed on the treatment couch. If you find it difficult to lie flat, you can lie on your side or sit in a chair. In a standard treatment, Reiki energy is channelled through my hands into various places around your body. This includes around the head and shoulders, stomach and feet, and occasionally other more specific areas based on your needs. I hold each position for a few minutes, depending on how much Reiki is needed there. The whole treatment normally lasts between 30 to 60 minutes.
What will it feel like?

This varies from person to person, but most people feel deeply relaxed.  Some people feel a warm sensation or a glowing radiance that flows through or surrounds them, whilst others have reported out of body sensations, visions or other mystical experiences. Reiki energy encourages you to let go of negative feelings, emotions, anxieties and fears, reducing tension and stress whilst restoring peace and harmony to your body and mind. You should leave feeling refreshed, with a sense of renewed well-being.
How many sessions will I need?

You may need more than one or two sessions to fully benefit from Reiki, but this will be discussed with you fully before you commit to any course of treatment. You are welcome to try Reiki for just one session.
Are there any side effects from Reiki treatment?

Most people report feeling relaxed and energised by a Reiki treatment. However, Reiki energy can unblock tensions not only in the mind but also in tissues and organs, leading to a release of toxins into the bloodstream that will be processed by your liver and kidneys, which can result in a headache, stomach ache or general feeling of weakness. This is known as a healing crisis and is your body’s way of cleansing: part of the self-healing process. If this does happen to you, I advise drinking more water, eating lighter meals and getting plenty of rest.
Where can I find out more about Reiki?

You can find out more about Reiki, its history and its effectiveness by following these links:

The UK Reiki Federation

The Reiki Association

Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the research shows

Contact Details

Theresa Lindsay BSc, MAR, RCST
Birch Therapy Centre
Elms Avenue
CT11 9BW
Telephone: 01843 580 191
Mobile: 07957 666291