What happens during a treatment session?
Reiki and Craniosacral sessions both take place in a quiet and peaceful environment, with the patient fully clothed and lying down in a comfortable position (usually on the back) on a treatment couch.
If working with children, in particular hyperactive ones, the first few sessions can be done using electronic devices or whatever they need to be distracted. Eventually most children will start to settle down and enjoy siting or lying still during a session.
Most commonly, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. It is also possible to hold hands just off the body if needed.
Craniosacral treatment involves very gentle contact from the practitioner’s hands as they ‘listen’ to the patient’s body, assessing for areas of balance and imbalance that need to be addressed. Contact may be made on the cranium, sacrum (tail-bone), the feet or any other part of the body as appropriate.
Reiki and Craniosacral work are both renowned for the experience of profound relaxation on every level experienced by many patients. As tensions release, imbalance resolves and the self-healing mechanism of the body is stimulated and enhanced, patients frequently report feeling deep peace, ease and a floating lightness of body and mind as everything quietens and becomes still. Some patients are directly aware of the influence of the practitioner’s hands and engagement with their system, experiencing sensations of tingling, gentle movement through their limbs, torso and cranium as patterns of dysfunction and imbalance gently correct, bringing a sense of profound well-being.
What can I expect?
“I feel very refreshed and seem to be thinking more clearly.” “I felt a deep sense of stillness, peace and relaxation.” “I can’t believe how hot your hands got!” “I feel more relaxed than after a massage.” “My headache is gone.” “My anxiety has eased off and I slept like a baby that evening”
These are some of things people typically say after a Reiki or Craniosacral session.
The experience of both Reiki and Craniosacral therapy are subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner’s hands, but sometimes the practitioner’s hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner’s hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body.
People often comment how comforting they find the experience. An interesting study reported that recipients frequently feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleep like meditative state. Sometimes the experience is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.
Reiki and Craniosacral therapy both offer cumulative effect and even people who don’t notice much the first time usually have progressively deeper experiences if they continue. Besides the immediate experience, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the day goes on: perhaps stronger digestion, a sense of being more centred and poised and less reactive, and sleeping deeply that night.
How many treatment sessions do I need?
The number of sessions will be different from person to person and depend on whether the issue they want to address is chronic (of long duration) or is acute (of short duration). Generally speaking a series of three to six sessions is recommended for chronic issues and perhaps only one or two sessions for something acute in nature. Most people notice improvements from the first session and may only need a few sessions to experience a change in their symptoms and state. Some people with very chronic conditions or very stressful lives choose to come on a regular monthly basis to help maintain health and balance.
Do I have to stop seeing a regular doctor, psychologist or stop taking medicines in order to receive a Reiki or Craniosacral treatment?
No both therapies work in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki and Craniosacral treatments. Both therapies work in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and can improve the results.
What can Reiki and Craniosacral therapy help alleviate or improve?
- Autistic spectrum and ADHD behaviours
- Learning disabilities
- Cerebral Palsy
- Motor-Coordination impairment
- Sensory processing disorders
- Migraine headaches
- Chronic neck and/or back pain
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Accident or injuries
- Persistent illness and allergies
- Insomnia in adults
- Colic and sleep problems in babies
- Birth trauma side effects
- Pain relief and management
- Menstrual disorders
- Hormonal imbalance
- Chronic fatigue and ME
- Side effects of cancer treatments
- Fertility and miscarriage
- Dental misalignment and TMJ trauma
- Removal of energy blockages
- Improve circulation
- Protect and strengthen immune system
- Calm the nervous system
- Encourage better sleep and breathing
- Detox of toxins from the body
- Spiritual growth and emotional clarity
- Transitional and spiritual integration