How To Prepare For A Reiki Session
How To Prepare Before A Reiki Session

There are many ways to prepare for a session and I would certainly encourage you to find your way. Here is a list of ideas to take into consideration based on my own experience and training received.

It is important to know how you can best prepare for a Reiki session so that you are grounded, centered and your client can receive the most benefits. This preparation involves your own preparation as well the preparation of the space where you are going to have the Reiki treatment.

Your Own Preparation

Give yourself at least 30 minutes prior to the session to sit, meditate, give yourself healing and prepare the room.

If you are the beginning of your working day and you are getting ready for your first Reiki treatment, you probably need more time, perhaps one hour or even more.

In between session you still need time to make notes in relation to your previous session, to clear your energy and the energy of the space, and to prepare for your next client.

Check in with how your body is feeling and take note of any emotions, thoughts, or physical sensations you are experiencing.

Take some time to breathe and tend to whatever your body’s needs might be on that given day. You may also want to reflect on any intentions you want to set for the session, and anything you want to share with your practitioner before you begin.

You’ll want to be sure you’ve eaten and hydrated a few hours before the session—mostly so you will be comfortable and not distracted by hunger or thirst.

Avoid eating a heavy meal beforehand, however, as you don’t want all of your body’s energy to be directed toward digesting while you’re giving the Reiki treatment.

Be sure you are wearing loose and breathable clothes. Adjust the bodywork table to a comfortable height.

Give Yourself Reiki

Takata Sensei always taught her students to start their healing practice with themselves, providing Reiki self-treatments daily. Before you can help others to heal, you must first heal yourself.

Even if you only have five minutes per day, use that time to place your hands on yourself and allow the Reiki energy to flow. This will not only help you master the skills needed for Reiki, but it will help to keep your energy flowing freely and improve the health of your body, mind, and spirit

Whenever possible, perform a full Reiki self-treatment, which includes 16 hand positions. Hold each hand position for three to five minutes. This is why Reiki is a discipline – because to help others heal you must have the discipline to put in the time and practice to heal yourself.

Think about Reiki self-healing sessions as just another form of personal hygiene – like bathing or brushing your teeth. When you combine it with daily meditation, you’ll find you can make Reiki a part of your daily life, no matter how busy you are.

> How To Practice Reiki Self Healing

Gassho Meditation

Gassho meditation is a crucial part of any Reiki practice. The word Gassho literally means “two hands coming together”. It clears the mind, opens the heart and strengthens one’s connection to Reiki energy.

Mikao Usui practiced Gassho each time at the beginning of his Reiki workshops/meetings. It is meant to be practiced for 20-30 minutes after getting up and/or in the evening before going to sleep.

There are many transforming secrets hidden within the Gassho posture that can have a powerfully positive effect on your spiritual practice of Reiki.

Gassho helps you calm and soothe your nervous system, quiet and focus your mind and centre yourself in the flow of Reiki energy through the core of your being. It is a meditative technique that provides a simple focal point by focusing on one thing, recognising when your mind drifts.

It helps to grow your sense of inner peace, spiritual connection and life purpose.

> How To Practice Gassho Meditation


Grounding is a very simple and natural way to connect ourselves back to Earth. We often hear people talking about grounding and telling us to ground ourselves, but why do we need to do it and how we do it?

Some of us are more prone than others to live in the clouds, with the result that we do not feel deeply rooted in our bodies. If this happens occasionally is fine, however if this becomes a permanent state of being can lead to some problems.

There are many simple ways to ground ourselves:

– Concentrate on our breathing.

– Pay attention to the body.

– Walking in a mindful way.

– Being in nature.

– Eating healthy food.

Anything that brings us back into our body is basically grounding, but it’s also smart to know and practice grounding exercises that we can do really quickly. At first you should practice them with care, attention and intention for a few minutes, though after a while you will be able to instantly ground.

There are many grounding exercises. You could imagine yourself as a tree, with roots going down deep into the Earth below you, with your legs and body as the trunk and arms and head as the branches.

> What Is Grounding Meditation?