How do you prepare for a Reiki healing session? In truth, you don't have to do anything at all. If you would like to receive healing then you will. However, there are a number of ways to maximize your Reiki healing experience.
Take a relaxing shower or bath. The day of your healing session, take a relaxing show or bath. Allowing your body to soak in a bath of epsom salts (available at any drugstore) for 20 minutes helps your body to release toxins, and your muscles to relax. If you don't have time for a 20 minute bath, consider doing a brisk rubdown with a damp cloth before taking a relaxing shower. This will help your blood circulation and support the release of stress and the movement in your energetic pathways.
Eat light and healthy. If your Reiki session is set around or just after a regular eating time, make sure to eat something so you aren't hungry during your session. By choosing something lightweight like a salad or fruit, you will satisfy your hunger while still leaving your energy centers with the energy needed to support deep healing and transformation. There is no need to eat outside of your normal habits, just choose a light version of the food that is comfortable and nurturing to you.
Refrain from perfumes or colognes. Allow all of your senses to be engaged in the Reiki experience. By refraining from perfumes, colognes, and other heavily scented products, you create a neutral space for yourself and your practitioner. If you are someone who feels naked without your perfume on, speak with your practitioner first.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing in layers. By dressing comfortably, you can be assured of your comfort on the table. Because Reiki is performed fully clothed, you will be most comfortable if you don't have to worry about itchy tags, zippers, or constricting clothing. By dressing in layers, you have the ability of removing some of them if the healing makes you too hot. You can always tell your practitioner if you're feeling too hot or cold, and a good practitioner will try to accommodate your comfort so that you receive the best healing possible.
Come early to your appointment. Come 10 minutes early to your appointment. By scheduling your appointment 10 minutes early in your own calendar, you can then be assured of arriving on time. This 10 minute window allows for all of the incidentals that may crop up before a healing, including parking trouble, bathroom breaks, last minute phone calls, getting lost, new appointment paperwork, and socializing. If you plan to come early, you will always be on time and you can slip right into your session with minimal stress.
Communicate & Breath. Sometimes the hardest thing of all can be simply to receive healing, nurturing, or love! In your session, feel free--no, empowered--to relax completely. There is nothing wrong with falling asleep if that's what will serve you best, so don't fight with yourself. Relax on the table. Breath regularly, deeply, and comfortably because oxygen helps feed your body what it needs to move energy. Make sure you can communicate easily with your practitioner. In some sessions you may not feel a need to speak at all. However, if you're cold, hungry, uncomfortable, or if something the practitioner is doing causes you pain or discomfort, let them know. As GI Joe says, "Knowing is Half the Battle!" and through that knowing, your session can be tailored just for you!
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