Traditionally, Reiki is taught through a combination of classroom and hands-on approach. Lights are dimmed, soft music is playing in the background and “clients” (other students) lie, fully clothed, on a comfortable massage table. Students are given time to practice on each other to become comfortable with the basic hand placements learned during class. This is an excellent way to learn Reiki, and I share this with my students, however, realistically, we may need to adapt to the situation. Especially during pregnancy and childbirth! My class then, will take the traditional approach a step further. Once the students are comfortable with the basics, they will learn to adapt the Reiki techniques to any situation. For example, we will practice Reiki with our client in a chair, standing, in a birthing tub, and in a hospital bed.
We will also discuss other “urgent” applications for Reiki, such as helping to calm a sick or hurt child, or relieving a friend’s migraine symptoms. Students will be encouraged to take care of themselves with a daily practice of self-Reiki.