Reiki, pronounced ray-key, is a Japanese healing technique used for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. "Rei" means universal and "Ki" means life energy. Life energy plays an important role in everything we do. As long as something is alive, it has life energy circulating through it and surrounding it. If your life energy is low or if there is a restriction in its flow, you are more prone to illness. Ki nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. The Reiki healing system is both powerful and gentle. It has a long history of use of aiding the healing of virtually every known illness and injury. It is always beneficial and works in harmony with all other kinds of treatments.

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1. Schedule Your HEAT Reiki Appointment
Whether scheduling your appointment online, by phone or in person you'll want to discuss any health issues with your practitioner. Your Reiki session is always catered toward your deepest healing, so focus on what your intentions are prior to the session and feel free to share them with your Reiki practitioner.

2. Before your session
Relax + reflect
Give yourself some time prior to the session to sit and reflect, particularly checking in with how your body is feeling and anything you are noticing with regards to emotions, thoughts or physical sensations. 

Eat and hydrate
Avoid eating a heavy meal beforehand, but eat enough not to be distracted by hunger.

3. Attend Your Reiki Session
While each Reiki professionals practice is unique, there are some basics to Reiki sessions or treatments.

Your practitioner will greet you and if it's your first visit you may be asked to fill out a confidential health questionnaire. Your practitioner will lead you to their office where your Reiki session will take place. Reiki sessions are done fully clothed. There may be soft music playing, please let your practitioner know if you have another preference. You will be invited to get comfortable on a cushioned Reiki table—let your practitioner know if you need any additional pillows or blankets. Reiki works best when you are completely relaxed and comfortable.

Reiki is typically, but not always, a hands-on technique and can be done without touch if you prefer. The practitioner will use multiple hand positions and placements during the session to guide energetic healing.

Your Reiki practitioner will signal the end of your session and they may either remain in the room or leave to give you a moment to yourself.

4. After your session
Many of the treatment benefits can occur as soon as after the session is over. To further the benefit of your Reiki treatment find somewhere quiet and relaxing to integrate what may arise. For 15-20 minutes after the session, try going for a walk,  napping or take it easy in general. 

Be sure to drink 1-2 glasses of water after your session. 

Choose a healthy snack or meal afterward if needed. Eating can also help ground the body. 

Capture and explore any insights  you had during and immediately after the session. Find an activity that connects you to what you experienced. Consider capturing your self-reflections in a journal.

5. When to Contact your practitioner
Reach out to your practitioner immediately if you experience any overly challenging emotions, physical sensations or issues after your treatment.