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  • What is reiki?
    Reiki is an energy healing modality that promotes both healing and relaxation. Originating from Japan, reiki translates to “universal life force energy”. Reiki is primarily channeled through the practitioner’s palms of the hands and the energy flows into the client’s energy field, chakras, aura, and/or physical body. Reiki energy flows where it is needed for healing, not necessarily where it is desired, so clients may come in seeking healing for a physical injury but find they receive healing for an emotional, mental, or other physical injury. They always receive the healing for their highest good, and often walk away with new knowledge about the linkages between physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual ailments or imbalances.
  • What can reiki help me with?
    Reiki can help shift patterns of thought or behavior, remove feelings of stuckness or stagnancy, rebalance systems, move stuck energy, promote physical, mental, and spiritual health. It can help all your systems run more smoothly or in a more integrated way. I have worked with people to find healing and relaxation who are suffering from pain, insomnia, anxiety, migraines, vertigo, pregnancy complications, COVID-19, surgery recovery, auto-immune disorders, a sense of stuckness, challenging relationship dynamics or thought patterns, and much more. Note that while reiki can help all beings, I currently only work with adults aged 18+. If you aren’t sure if reiki will help or just want to talk things through first, you are welcome to contact me before booking!
  • What does a typical reiki session look like?
    First, we will talk briefly about what brought you in and anything you’d like to share that you think reiki may assist with. Then you lay down on the massage table fully clothed except for your shoes and jacket. I will move through a sequence of hand placements and small movements either on or hovering above your body, while channeling reiki energy. Focus is typically placed on the energy centers between the crown of your head and root of your spine though can also extend to arms and legs, as requested or as the energy calls. You do not need to “do” anything in order to receive reiki. Some clients may treat the session as a meditation and gently clear their minds of thoughts, while others simply lie still and keep an open mind. At the end of the session, you are welcome to share what came up for you or ask questions.
  • What can I expect to feel or experience in a typical reiki session?
    Since reiki energy flows for your highest good, no two sessions are exactly alike. Most people feel deeply relaxed during and after the session. Some even fall asleep during the session which is not a problem since the energy will continue to flow regardless of whether you are consciously aware of it or not. People may feel heat or chill in parts of the body, or tingling, buzzing, or pulsing sensations as the energy moves through them. You may have emotions come up as stuck energy, emotions or memories are released. I create a safe space, free of judgment, where you can experience and release those emotions or sensations as they arise.
  • I’m not comfortable with physical touch. Does reiki require touch to work?
    No, reiki can be provided with or without touch. If you prefer a fully or partially no-touch session, simply indicate that when booking the session or when you arrive. If you do not indicate a preference, the session may incorporate light touch which looks like the palms of my hands gently resting on different parts of your body such as heart, crown, or abdomen. There is no massage-like tissue manipulation in reiki.
  • If reiki is a Japanese healing energy, why is it practiced outside Japan or by non-Japanese practitioners?
    Dr. Mikao Usui discovered reiki on Mount Kurama in Japan in 1922. He established a school of reiki and taught over 2,000 students with the philosophy that “Reiki can never and will never belong to just one person, or one organization. Reiki is the spiritual heritage of all of humanity.” Though Dr. Mikao Usui passed away only 4 years after discovering reiki, the Reiki Masters he trained went on to teach others who began to share reiki outside of Japan. Ms. Hawayo Takata, who lived in Hawaii but was trained in reiki in Tokyo, is credited with bringing reiki to the U.S. after becoming a Master Practitioner in 1940. During and after the Allied Occupation of Japan (1945-1952), the U.S. influenced the creation of laws that sought to regulate traditional practices and businesses more broadly. In efforts to remain unregulated and uninfluenced by colonizer authority, reiki went largely underground in Japan by the 1950s. The school and organization that Dr. Mikao Usui founded (Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai) became a closed and somewhat secret society. Today, Gakkai member and Japanese reiki master Hiroshi Doi is working to spread the knowledge and use of reiki around the world and to revitalize it in Japan once again. Since the Gakkai is not set up to receive donations, I donate a portion of all proceeds to Japanese nonprofit projects focused on human health and wellbeing. I also contribute to Real Rent Duwamish, as Reiki Rain operates on unceded Duwamish land.
  • How do I know if I should come for just one session or multiple?
    Some clients come to resolve specific issues or during a crisis, while others come regularly as a strategy to stay clear, healthy, and spiritually aligned. While there is no wrong way to experience reiki, I suggest planning on participating in at least 2-3 sessions to start off. Reiki is a powerful but subtle energy, so while some experience positive change during and after just one session, others take more time to consciously realize the impacts of the work.
  • After a session, is there any integration support provided?
    Yes, a 15-minute integration call is available to all first-time clients after their first session. I also offer additional 30-minute Integration Calls for all clients which you can book through the My Services page. Though I will create a sacred container of reiki for us, this time will primarily be spent in conversation, discussing what has come up for you since the last session, any challenges or barriers in your integration, any referrals you might need, or anything else that is on your mind or heart. Please note that I am not a licensed psychotherapist or doctor so cannot provide medical advice or mental health counseling.
  • Can you describe the accessibility of the space?
    My studio is located within the Arboretum Professional Center, which is a hub for therapists and practitioners. It is a fully ADA-accessible building with the only exception of auto-opening doors (I am happy to come out and hold the doors open for you - just ask!). You can enter the building either with five steps up from the sidewalk or via a ramp. My studio is located on the ground level approximately 30 feet inside the front doors. Two gender neutral, single-stall, ADA-accessible restrooms are available on the ground floor. It is a generally very quiet space and the temperature is well-regulated. We have AC in the summer heat and I am able to keep the sliding glass doors open during a session if preferred. I sublet the space from another practitioner so cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. I use an essential oil diffuser in the space if clients enjoy that (typically lavender or bergamot oils); but can always refrain from using oils on the day of your visit. When booking a session, you can request that I avoid using essential oils. You may also request when booking that I wear a mask during our session. Clients typically spend the majority of the session lying face-up, fully clothed on a massage table that is approximately 32" tall, 73" long, and 28" wide with a 400-pound capacity. If you prefer or require a session to be held on cushions on the floor instead, please let me know in advance. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or feedback.
  • What are your COVID-19 policies?
    All surfaces are disinfected and all linens are changed between clients. The room is also fully ventilated between clients using the sliding glass doors, and an air purifier is also present in the space. While masks are now optional, you can indicate when booking if you prefer that I wear a mask throughout the session. Please let me know if you have any questions or hesitations. Your safety and comfort are my priority.
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