What is Holistic Bodywork?
Holistic Bodywork is a gentle stress relieving massage designed to quiet the mind and get you in touch with your own inner healing rhythms.
This service integrates Lymphatic Drainage, Guided Imagery, Energy Balancing, Myofascial Release and Swedish Massage. Benefits include stress relief, deep relaxation, and increased mental, emotional and spiritual clarity.
Holistic Bodywork is perfect for clients who are stressed, scattered, or in emotional turmoil. Gentle, energy-based techniques, coupled with guided imagery, induce a meditative state where excessive mental 'noise' is quieted and a sense of inner balance and harmony are attained.
What is a Reiki Healer?
Not just anyone can call themselves a Reiki Healer. Professional Reiki Healers must complete a series of courses, beginning with Reiki Level 1, often continuing through Reiki Level 2, then onto the Reiki Master Course and practicum. Some Reiki Healers choose to continue their education to become Reiki Master Teachers, where they can empower others with healing through Reiki. Christine is a Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition.
How long is a Reiki session?
A session is with Christine generally 30 minutes. 60 minute session may be available in some cases. All of Christine’s Reiki healing sessions include the use of crystals and aromatherapy is available if desired.
Will I be lying down on a massage table or sitting?
Reiki is usually performed on a client who is fully reclined comfortably on a massage table. It also may be performed on a client who is semi-reclined or in a chair. If you have mobility or pain issues please communicate these to Christine so she may make you your most comfortable for the session.
Am I clothed during my Reiki session?
Yes. Unlike a massage therapy session, you will be fully clothed. Christine is also a Certified Massage Therapist, so if you are receiving both massage and Reiki, then you would be properly and professionally draped as for a massage. But for a Reiki session only, you will want to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.
Will the Reiki Practitioner’s hands touch me in any way?
Reiki is called “the healing touch”, so it is done with a light gentle pressure or static touch. Hands are placed gently on each Chakra. There is no touching of sensitive places.
What to expect during a Reiki treatment
At your first session you should plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early so the practitioner can go over the session, discuss your goals for the session, complete paperwork, etc.
Is one session enough or will I need a series of sessions?
One session is a great start! You will see for yourself how Reiki makes you feel, if it is relaxing, if you feel more clarity after the session. Many people, after trying one session, go on to purchase a series of sessions to progressively work on their current wellness goals.
Is Reiki for an acute condition or a chronic condition?
If you have an acute condition you should seek out a licensed medical professional immediately. If you have a chronic or current issue, Reiki can be an excellent complement in your health or wellness plan.
What will I feel during the session?
Most clients feel a sense of relaxation and peace. The mind may feel calm and your physical body should feel relaxed. Reiki is so relaxing that sometimes clients may fall asleep during the session. Don’t worry though, you will still receive all of the benefits of the session, sleeping or awake.
Is there talking during the session?
Usually a session is done without talking and the practitioner may have soft ambient music playing in the background to aid in your relaxation. If you want to communicate something to your practitioner during the session, such as if you are cold or too warm, if you would like them to adjust the music, if you are feeling a sensation you would like to discuss, if something feels uncomfortable for you, if you have a question or issue, then do speak up at any time during the session. Your practitioner wants the best for you and wants to make your session the best experience possible. Also, your practitioner may ask you after the session if there is anything you would like to share and you may do so at your option. This is good feedback for your practitioner’s notes for planning your next session.
What does Reiki healing feel like?
At the practitioner’s hand placements, you may feel a very slight tingling, heat, or energy, or nothing at all. The sensations or lack of are not a barometer of the Reiki, they are just how your particular body senses energy. You may feel a peace and calm in your mind or physically in general. It is different for all clients but deep relaxation is almost always felt.
Can I drive after my session?
Yes, after the your relaxation of your session you will be in your full awake state, but possibly feel more grounded and centered. A five minute brisk walk to your car or other transportation will add to your groundedness. Be sure that you are fully awake and alert before driving in general.
After I leave my session, should I do anything special?
Please drink plenty of water to hydrate your body as your body’s energy system may be moving at a more optimum rate, so please care for yourself with water and healthy food during the day. It is beneficial to spend some quiet time that day or evening after your session to journal or to contemplate as you may have some insights and further mental clarity as your body continues to process the Reiki session.
If I have the flu or a contagious disease should I have a Reiki session?
No. As a kindness to your Practitioner please wait until you are feeling better and not contagious before scheduling a session.
Can you have too much Reiki?
No, Reiki is beneficial and works with your body’s energy. In fact, your own energetic body is in control of how much Reiki it wants and needs during the session and utilizes it accordingly. Like breathing, you will comfortably take in as much as you need to support you.