Q: What questions should I ask a Reiki practitioner before a treatment?
A: Before selecting a Reiki practitioner for a treatment, it’s a good idea to know something about what to expect from that person. Here are some questions that may be useful to you. Select those which you want to know and take it from there.
- How long have you been practicing Reiki? While this question may not be relevant to the person’s ability to give an effective Reiki treatment, it will reflect on the confidence and expertise of the person treating you. That could affect the experience. That said, a new practitioner needs experience, so you shouldn’t be put off by someone with less experience, just aware. The more a person practices Reiki, the more sensitive that person becomes to energy and the more comfortable with giving a session.
- Will you incorporate anything besides Reiki in the session? It may be useful for you to know whether to expect aromatherapy, crystals, toning, or acupressure during your session, which are not part of Reiki, but some people use them in addition to a Reiki session.
- How long will a Reiki session with you last? Some Reiki sessions are an hour, some less. It’s good to know what to expect.
- How much do you charge for a Reiki session? Of course, it is a good idea to know up front what fee the practitioner expects for his or her work! Most local Reiki sessions will cost about the same as a massage.
- Where do you give Reiki? Some practitioners work in a wellness center or studio, some out of their homes, and others will come to you. If they come to you, ask if they bring a massage table or where you would have the session. All of these factors should be within your comfort level, and you should expect a quiet and uninterrupted experience. If the session will be at your house, you may wish to be sure no one else is home (i.e. children), and you can have the phone ringer off so you’re not distracted. You want to be as relaxed and tuned in to your session as you can be for the most benefit (and enjoyment!).Other considerations:
- Referrals – you may wish to talk to others who have experience receiving Reiki from this person, to find out if they enjoyed their session.
- Ethics – Reiki sessions are done fully clothed. If the Reiki practitioner indicates otherwise….avoid this person.
- Confidentiality – you should be sure (asking is fine) that the practitioner maintains an ethical policy of confidentiality with clients.
- Reiki is a complementary practice, not intended to replace your medical treatment. A practitioner is not empowered to diagnose or treat any specific illness or condition.