FAQ Index:

New bullet pointWhat is Reiki?
New bullet pointWhat should I expect when I come for a treatment?
New bullet pointHow often and for what period of time are treatments recommended?
New bullet pointWhat is Reiki-ssageTM?
New bullet pointHow does long-distance Reiki work?
New bullet pointWhat is Champissage / Indian Head Massage?
New bullet pointWhat are the benefits of Indian Head Massage?
New bullet pointAre there any contra-indications for Reiki, Reiki-ssageTM, or Champissage?
New bullet pointWhat are Chakras?
New bullet pointWhere else can I learn more about Reiki and it's benefits?

What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) is an ancient healing art that is thought to have originated many thousands of years ago in Tibet or that part of the world. Reiki was "rediscovered" by a Japanese holy man and scientific scholar, Mikao Usui, in the 1890's. Rei means universal or spiritual and ki means life energy -- the flow of energy that keeps us alive. Reiki means both the energy itself and the practice of healing with the energy.

It works in simple and direct ways. The practitioner is empowered by his/her training to channel the Reiki energy to the recipient through a "hands-on" method of gentle and sequential hand placements on the head, face, torso, legs and feet. The receiver turns over on the table and the backside is treated from feet to upper back. When the practitioner feels a hot spot or a very cold area on the body, he will remain there longer than the usual 3 to 5 minutes, until that organ or body part neutralizes itself. In truth, since the energy is weightless and not visible, it flows quite easily to those areas of the body that are weak, dis-eased, or in need of nurturance. The body, the person receiving, actually is the controlling "captain" or director of the healing experience. The best practitioner is skilled in keeping his/her channels open, in maintaining a non-judgmental attitude, and in allowing the Reiki energy to do its work. He/she is also consciously thinking and feeling a deep acceptance and an unconditional love for the receiver. The receiver brings faith to the table; the practitioner brings love and himself -- himself as a channel, or conscious conduit for the Universal Life Force. The faith of the receiver is not religious faith, but rather simply an open mind, or sense that "Hey, this can work, just like many things in the universe that I may or may not have experienced."

What should I expect when I come for a treatment?
You will find a quite, peaceful treatment area, a massage table, soothing music, warm temperature, and dim lighting. Clothes remain on. Remove your shoes, watch, and metal jewelry like earings. An eye-guard (cloth) may be offered when you are on your back.

The practitioner takes a brief history of your health, asks you to share what stresses or body dis-comforts you may be feeling on the day of the treatment, or in the recent past. You set your mind to relax and enjoy the session. Talking or asking questions is an individual matter during the session. Allow your mind to release all thoughts, anxieties, duties so that you may focus on the present experience which should be viewed as a "blessing", a "treat", or a wonderful gift to yourself. There is no "do-ing", just "be-ing".

You should drink a glass of water thirty to sixty minutes before your treatment. Six to eight glasses of water are recommended for two to three days following treatments.

The practitioner only works with the Chakras or the areas of the body of specific dis-comfort. There is no need for touching where it might not be appreciated.

How often and for what period of time are treatments recommended?
That depends upon the receiver's health, the level of stress in one's life, what other therapies might be going on, and the financial constraints of the receiver's personal budget. No insurance covers Reiki in Illinois. In general, if one has a long-term illness of a serious nature, then the Reiki sessions ought to be frequent over several months time and then every 3 or 4 weeks for a period of six months to a year. If the condition is acute or short-term (examples: whiplash injury; broken or severely sprained arm/leg; pregnancy; recent divorce or death of family member), then four or five treatments, most likely on a weekly basis, can bring great relief and homeostasis to body, mind and spirit.

What is Reiki-ssageTM?
Reiki-ssage is a blended therapy created by Rick and Connie Vrenios of the Reiki Council in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The couple have an international reputation. They travel extensively to Sedona, Arizona and Hawaii, among their many teaching locations and speaking engagements.

Reiki-ssage is a multi-dimensional experience that uses physical, energetic, and spiritual touch to bring deep relaxation, inner peace, and bodily harmony on the cellular level to adults and school-age children. Reiki-Reflex is a companion practice that relaxes the entire body and chakra centers by way of treating the reflex points on the feet. Clothes remain on for both Reiki-ssage and Reiki-Reflex treatments. One hour sessions and 30-minute sessions are provided. Each kind of treatment is very effective in bringing one to a place of inner and outer healing and in achieving wonderful body/mind/spirit balance. "1 hour is worth 2 weeks in Hawaii" is my slogan.

How does long-distance Reiki work?
Reiki Level Two practitioners who can use Master Usui's healing symbols - which were imparted to him after a 21-day fasting period on a mountain top - are able to heal at a distance and do healings regardless of time constraints. In my view, this talent is a telling marker for the truth that Reiki is first and foremost a spiritual method. The body may show fatigue, pain, and dis-ease, yet the origins of these are the denial of, or the non-attention to, our spirit nature. When the practitioner agrees to "send Reiki" over time and space, he/she is putting into practice the universal principle that God is all and all is God. Each and every soul throughout the universe is a spiritual be-ing. Since my "I AM" is your "I AM", whatever I am thinking or saying about you, I am saying about me as well. Universal law works like this: When I see you as a perfect child of God, I see myself as a perfect child of God. When I see you as suffering from lack -- as being "cut off" from abundance, I am calling for an experience of lack in my own life. Long-distance healing is based on the oneness that exists between all creatures.

We join each other, therapist and receiver, in the Greater Mind.  Light is channeled; it is transmitted over time and space.

In practical terms, ten minutes of long-distance Reiki is equivalent to an hour of hands-on transmission. My teachers explained this by saying that the body on the table, being solid and material, is in a sense an obstacle to transmission of healing light, i.e., the density slows it down. With long-distance Reiki, there is no obstacle, no time limitations, no distance limitation -- it works at super speed and with perfect efficiency. In my view, the reason many people prefer hands-on treatments has much more to do with the fact that we in the Western Hemisphere, and particularly in the U.S., are touch-deprived. When we seek bodywork treatments, we recognize that our physical be-ing, our body, needs to be touched with care and loving attention. I recommend that people use both long distance and hands-on treatments: there are times in our lives where one method is more appropriate or accessible to us than the other.

What is Champissage / Indian Head Massage?
Champissage is Asian bodywork created by Osteopathic physician and massage therapy genius, Narendra Mehta of the London Centre of Indian Champissage.

Champissage, A.K.A. East Indian Head Massage, works in the following way... You sit in a regular, armless chair for about 30 minutes while the therapist uses a range of massaging motions and acupressures, from light to firm, on your back, shoulders, neck, scalp, head, hair, ears, and face. As your hair will get shuffled and tossed a bit, it's best to prepare yourself for this by scheduling your hair styling visit accordingly. In the work-place, have a comb or hairbrush with you. You should come to the session wearing a plain-necked blouse/shirt with no ruffles or brocades. Remove necklaces at the session. The therapist directs your breathing and your relaxation verbally as well as through the massaging actions. Acupressure is used on the face. Natural life force energy, in subtle and gentle waves, comes to your head, your throat, and your "third eye" - between the eyebrows, at the end of the session. You may feel sleepy and dream-like in a wonderfully pleasant way.

You should drink a glass of water after all massages, and six to eight glasses of water per day for the next three days. If you treat yourself gently, mentally and physically, for 48 hours or so, you extend the benefits of the treatment noticeably.

What are the benefits of Indian Head Massage?
Indian Head Massage is a touch therapy, which in itself creates a bond and provides comfort to clients. Most people are somewhat deprived of physical touch. The simple act of sitting down and being still, with gentle hands on your head dissolves stress. When I work on the neck and shoulders, where stress affects major muscle groups, immediate relief occurs. The efficiency of the circulatory and lymphatic system improves. Toxins are dispersed from tense muscles and flexibility of movement is restored. Towards the end of the session, my clients feel a deep calm. Several levels of relaxation are experienced as the body, the mind, and the spirit are brought into balance and harmony. Your energy field is now clear. You are radiant, inside and outside. My clients tell me that they: sleep better; have more energy; don't get headaches; think more clearly; and feel good all over.

Are there any contra-indications for Reiki, Reiki-ssageTM, or Champissage?
Yes, there are a few situations -- very few -- in all three body-work methods that call for postponing treatment until you are ready to receive hands-on sessions. Feel free to discuss your concerns with me.

Good News: There are no contra-indications for anyone, anywhere, any time to receive long-distance Reiki healing.

What are Chakras?
Before I answer this question, let me pose another: What is "Ki" or "Chi"? In the book, The Subtle Universal Law and Integral Way of Life by Taoist Master NI HUA CHING, he describes "Chi" (or "Ki") in the following manner:

"Chi is the vital universal energy which composes, permeates and moves through everything that exists. Chi may be defined as the ultimate cause, and, at the same time, the ultimate effect. When Chi conglomerates, it is called matter. When Chi is diffused, it is called space. When Chi animates form, it is called life. When Chi separates and withdraws from form, it is called death. When Chi flows, there is health. When Chi is blocked, there is sickness and disease. Chi embraces all things, circulates through and sustains them. The Nei-Ching says, 'In heaven, there is Chi and on earth form. When the two interplay, there is life."

It is difficult to define "life", so we must learn to be expansive and think beyond what we have always known and been able to explain.

The Chinese call this "Ki", "Qi", or "Chi" and perceive of it functionally in five different ways, by what it does in conjunction with the body's ability to "move".

1) It includes physical and mental movement, like running, thinking, and even growing up.
2) It acts as an immune system, protecting the body.
3) It changes food into blood.
4) It holds in place vital organs and keeps the blood in its proper pathway. (Blood flows through blood vessels and meridians; there is not much distinction between the two.)
5) It maintains warmth in the body. These various types of Ki, Qi or Chi are subject to what the Chinese call Yin or Yang "disharmonies", (stagnant, deficient or excess "Qi"), what we would call lack of balance or perhaps even, dis-ease.  1

What, then, are the Chakras?

The Chakras are energy centers or power centers for the human being. According to Eastern medicine and philosophy, the major chakras are seven: (7th) Crown Chakra; (6th) Forehead Chakra or Third Eye; (5th) Throat Chakra; (4th) Heart Chakra; (3rd) Solar-Plexus Chakra; (2nd); Spleen Chakra; and (1st) Root Chakra. There are other chakras such as the palm of the hand and the sole of the foot. However, for healing purposes -- both self-healing, which is learned in Reiki Level One class, and practitioner healing, it is best to focus one's attention and energies on the seven chakras as they are the essential points for re-energizing the body and its systems. The Chakras are vortexes of energy and they "spin" and vibrate when they are active and healthy and harmonized each to one another. A Reiki or Reiki-ssageTM treatment will clear energetic blockages and re-activate and harmonize one's chakras. A skilled practitioner encourages receivers to study the subject of Chakras, to meditate on these power centers, and to integrate the knowledge with other health care practices and with their personal/spiritual development.

Reference:   Reiki: A Torch in Daylight, by Karyn Mitchell, Ph.D. pp. 19-20.

Where else can I learn more about Reiki and it's benefits?
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