Reiki means "Universal Life Force" and is an energy healing technique that focuses on using that "Universal Energy" to balance chakras and help meridian lines be open to flow freely. Practioners ask that we may be clear bridges for this energy that we all are made up of, to flow to where it can do the greatest good. In sessions we will chat beforehand and the client may indicate any issues if desired.
The energy intuitively flows to where one needs it most, so we can trust that any issues will also be addressed even without our verbal acknowledgment. There is gentle "butterfly touch" as I like to call it, or it can be done with no touch if requested.
Prior to your arrival, there is an "herbal smudge" or "sain" used to spiritually cleanse the room, and to balance energy, as well as a sacred circle drawn to hold space. The smudge/sain can be done on your person as well, if you feel drawn, just ask. If you prefer no natural herbal scents, please advise beforehand.
If there is a need to move, we do so! Always be comfortable~ first and foremost! You are being held in a divine space of non judgement and any emotions that may arise are beautiful and necessary. Let them flow. If you feel a need to talk, do so, otherwise we remain in a most meditative state for the rest of the session.
The client will lie on the massage table, or for other sessions, a relaxing place to sit or lie down where there is possibly some peaceful music or just silence, and little to no distraction. For distance Reiki sessions the client may sit or lay down wherever most comfortable and just relax and listen to a music track or their breath.
Then there is often a Tibetan Bowl to start the session, I believe in sound healing and feel this is a great way to bring that focus and clarity into the session. After that, soft music takes over the sound aspect, or silence if preferred.
The practitioner (Me;) will lay hands on, or above, various chakra points and/or points where Reiki and instinct direct us. The client may feel warmth, tingling, pulsing or other sensations. There may be visual images that come to mind or colours. Feel free to keep these in mind and ask more about them after the session.
Sometimes I see intuitive images and ideas or words come to my mind. If you are open to that additional information, we can also talk about that after the session.
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.
In gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion.
Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain.
Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
The effects can be both exhilarating and deeply relaxing.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called "moxa" are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
Moxa is usually made from the dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort (Artemesia argyi or A.vlugaris), but it can be made of other substances as well.
Modern western practitioners generally hold a burning moxa stick close to, but not touching, the surface of the skin.
In this method, the moxa material is compressed into a stick or pole, looking not unlike an oversized cigar that can be lit and allowed to smolder, producing a unique form of very penetrating heat.
The smoldering moxa stick is held over specific areas, often, though not always, corresponding to certain acupuncture points. The glowing end of the moxa stick is held about an inch or two above the surface of the skin until the area reddens and becomes suffused with warmth.
It is not uncommon for patients receiving moxibustion to report a sudden flooding of warmth that quickly radiates along a specific pathway (usually corresponding with the jing luo channel that is being treated) away from the site of application. This is a good result, as it indicates the arrival of the Qi and signals that the flow of Qi and xue has been freed in the channel.