In 2008, I was trained in NYC in the healing modality of Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing, which utilizes palm healing (or hands-on-healing) through which a "universal energy" is transferred through the palms of my hands to you, to promote emotional and physical healing.
What I have found through the years of being a Reiki Practitioner, is that this form of bodywork teaches a client how to become still and meditate during the sessions, and the palm placements provide a sense of warmth and nurture similar to a maternal feeling. When the body and mind begin to calm in a session, many changes and adaptations do occur which can lend to a better calm state in the nervous system, as well as foundations to build towards emotional, mental, and even physical healing.
While Reiki is a beautiful healing modality, it can sometimes bring on intense physical symptoms and emotions. Self care after a Reiki session is not only important, but needed. Your inner work truly starts after your Reiki session. Reiki will bring to the surface what you truly need to work on in you life. These are often things that you have not completely realized for yourself or have buried deep inside you due to trauma. Please give yourself patience, time and grace after your Reiki session and practice some of these helpful tips.
Here is some after-care tips to take after you have had your Reiki Session:
Difficult emotions can arise during energy healing sessions. Journaling can help you to process these emotions in a physical and tangible way. It can also provide further insight into what will assist you in your healing journey. Your journal can also be an avenue and tool to use in talk therapy sessions with a licensed mental health care professional.
Drink water to assist your body in flushing and processing proper filtration of the systems. Hydration is a needed nourishment for your skin, for your internal organs, for your circulation system, for your lymphatic system, for your synovial joints, and for your renal filtration. Replenish what your body uses daily to work and function as it was designed.
You have just experienced a lot of energies. It is important to allow your body and mind to rest. Listen to your body. You may need to take a nap or just lie down in quiet to allow your body to recharge.
Spend some time in nature after a session. Allow yourself to feel the ground with a walk, a hike, maybe a dip in a stream or a lake. Allow your body to connect with the Earth and let it replenish your mind, body, and soul.
Embrace your changes and felt sense in your body that you may experience emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Know that these changes are happening for your highest and greatest good. Feeling a bit of uncomfort is part of a healing process and getting your autonomic nervous system into a more regulated and healthy rhythm.