Q: What is Reiki?
A: Many western practitioners consider traditional Reiki as being the Usui method developed in Japan by Dr. Mikoa Usui in the early 1900’s. The word itself translates as such:
“Rei” – universal, trascendental spirit, essence
“Ki” – Chi or life force energy, the energetic building block of life
It is a light touch (or sometimes no touch) modality that uses specific types of healing energies known for increasing relaxation. It is soothing, relieves pain, and helps balance emotions, all of which are aids to healing on every level. It is not a cure for disease or illness; since the body and immune system are most effective when not labored by stress, keeping the stress levels low can encourage an environment to better facilitate healing. Reiki is a great complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings around the world.
Kundalini Reiki was developed by Ole Gabrielsen, which Alice Langholt later (with permission) developed into Practical Reiki. One of the main differences between the two methods is that Practical Reiki combines the Reiki Energy (used in the Usui method) with Kundalini/Earth Energy.
Q: What is Kundalini Energy?
A: Kundalini Energy comes from the Earth. It helps us to ground and reconnect to the earth. It is also said that all living beings are born with a pocket of Kundalini Energy at the base of their spine. It lies dormant, but when released, it coils up the spine towards the crown and combines with Divine Energy. This process connects us with our intuitiveness and enlightenment.
Q: What do you mean by “intention” or “set your intention“?
A: An intention is a purpose we give to the energy. For example, we can ask the Reiki energy to cleanse a meal of negative energies and impurities or help calm an animal in distress.
Q: What does “charge” or “charging something” mean?
A: Similar to charging a cell phone or other mobile device, you can charge objects, food, and anything your imagination can dream with energy – Reiki or other. We can ask the energy to fill or infuse the object for various uses and intentions.
Q: What is the difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue massage?
A: Swedish massage uses a combination of basic strokes concentrating on the first couple layers of muscles and connective tissues. Benefits include improved circulation, relaxation, pain relief, and overall maintenance of health and well-being. This modality is usually associated with lighter pressure, but firmer pressure can be requested without changing the technique or goals of the massage.
Deep Tissue massage techniques use fingers, thumbs, or elbows that apply direct pressure or friction across the grain of the muscles. These techniques aim to work deeper into the muscles and connective tissues, below the superficial layers, and treat chronic pain, injury, and inflammation. This modality is often associated with very firm pressure, but lighter pressure can be requested while still using the same techniques for the same goals. If it is your first time or you have not had bodywork in several months, it may be best to use light to mild pressure so your muscles can acclimate to the work being done.
Q: What should I wear during a session?
A: Energy and Reiki sessions are performed fully clothed. I suggest wearing something you’ll be comfortable lying in for at least 1 hour.
Skin to skin contact is traditionally recommended for more therapeutic benefits during massage sessions. However, your comfort is extremely important – please dress down to whatever your level of comfort may be, as you will always be appropriately draped throughout the session. You may want to wear comfortable clothing so that you’ll feel less restricted after your session.
Q: Is there a place for me to disrobe in private (for massage sessions)?
A: After you are introduced to the therapy room and we discuss your needs, I will step out of the room so you may get ready in private.
Q: What is a typical massage session like?
A: Typical areas of the body that I work on include scalp, face, neck, shoulders, back, arms/hands, the gluteus area, and legs/feet – not necessarily in that order. Pressure is to your request, as well as any areas you would like avoided or extra focus.
Q: When should I not get a massage?
A: It is recommended that you consult with a physician before receiving any bodywork. This is especially important if you are pregnant or have a condition that requires approval or clearance from your doctor. Please always let your therapist know of any medical or physical conditions, including cold or allergies, pregnancy, skin irritations, headaches, etc.
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Courtney Ginn is a certified Reiki Practitioner in Sacramento, CA. She combines her Usui and Practical (Kundalini) Reiki training with various modalities to create personalized sessions for her human and animal clients alike.
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