Can Reiki practitioners “catch” their client’s problems?

Q: Can Reiki practitioners “catch” their client’s problems?

A: Not under most circumstances. Of course, if your client has a communicable disease, you are always advised to use the usual hygienic precautions to avoid contamination. And if you are a professional, you should always wash all massage table linens between uses. But that’s not really what this question is about, right?

This question is referring to emotional or energetic issues, or even physical pain that your client is dealing with. You are sharing energy, although your own personal energy should not be involved as the Reiki energy flows THROUGH you to your client.

That being said, some practitioners are, or become, empathic, and may sense their client’s issues in a personal way. A practitioner may “feel” his or her client’s pain or emotions during a healing. This is the way that some people are able to become aware of their client’s issues and direct healing to those places specifically. But being empathic is also sometimes placing the practitioner in a vulnerable situation.

Some basic energetic protection measures are always prudent during any energy healing. Before giving Reiki, the practitioner should mentally ask for protection and guidance from his or her Guidance, angels, or Spirit, and/or any higher beings to which he or she feels connected. Alternatively, or in addition, one can intend that energetic boundaries be in place and enforced that do not let any negative energy that is released or in the client to penetrate one’s own energy boundaries. These are precautions, but the intentions to keep one’s personal energy separate are sufficient to ensure that even if one is empathic, the client’s issues do not become personal for the practitioner. There are additional simple techniques that can be learned and will be useful to anyone working with energy.

Energetic protection techniques are widely available for the searching. One simple technique involves visualizing a transparent “shield” around your own aura that will act as a barrier against negative energy. This can be activated by intention any time of any day, in any situation that you feel vulnerable in. It’s also useful for activating before giving a Reiki session.

There are many other simple and practical techniques available in the Energetic Protection Ebook here.

To learn more about Reiki, visit the Reiki Awakening website.

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About Reiki Awakening

Alice Langholt is a parent, author and teacher with Master level training in several Reiki modalities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development ( Alice is the author of the new Reiki resource, Practical Reiki TM: for balance, well-being, and vibrant health. A guide to a simple, revolutionary energy healing method, which won second place for Best Reiki Book in the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards. Alice maintains a local Reiki practice as an Associate at Insight Learning and Wellness Center in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In addition, she has authored eBooks in Distance Healing and Energetic Protection, as well as specific curricula in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers (approved by the Ohio Board of Nurses for continuing education units), and more. Alice spent a year volunteering at The Cleveland Clinic offering Reiki to patients and staff, and is a Group Leader with The Distance Healing Network ( She will teach Practical Reiki in Lily Dale, NY (August 2013), and gives workshops at holistic expos around the US. Alice is rated the #1 most influential person on Twitter under the category Reiki by Her husband, Evan, and their four kids know and use Reiki. As a teacher, Alice believes that close guidance and mentoring are essential elements for learning energy healing. She provides this support to each student, getting to know each and assist him or her in growing intuition and becoming confident practitioners. Receive Reiki, order pendulums, energy charged stones, and more by visiting Alice at
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