How often should I get reiki?

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I think the question above is the most common question that I get after giving a treatment. Well, at least if they had a good experience, which seems to be most of the time!

The answer is pretty simple at heart, though I suppose it could seem more complicated.

There is one very prominent reiki teacher who advised all of his students to tell clients that if they really want to address an issue, they should have a minimum of three reiki treatments (in about three weeks). I’ve seen this repeated on many reiki websites.

But unfortunately, I suspect that this was as much about marketing and convincing clients to return than it was about actually finding out from each client what’s best for them.

While it does make sense, logically, to try to address an issue by coming regularly, and it also makes sense to try reiki more than once to see how it works, my advice is different:

After your treatment, pay attention to how you felt afterwards, and that night, and the next day. And if you can, continue to try to notice what changes – energetically, emotionally, physically, spiritually – might have taken place. Even I’ve been surprised these last few months to hear from so many clients where the effects of one treatment have lasted for a few days, or a full week or longer.

Then there’s the question of why you came for the treatment, and if the treatment had a good effect. If it’s a long-term issue, then perhaps regular reiki is a good way to heal. If you came in to be more relaxed and centred before a job interview, then unless you have another job interview right away, perhaps your intention can be met in one treatment.

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So, really, the easy answer to the question of how often to come for reiki treatments is: whatever suits you best.

Some clients come every two weeks. Some come on a day off from work, once a month. I see a few clients occasionally, just once and then perhaps 8 months later. I have a few clients who are wanting to really address some issues, and have been coming weekly, and another client comes weekly because she feels it really helps her on a weekly basis to feel more centred and balanced. I’ve had many clients that I’ve only given one treatment to.

The only however that I have is that I have heard back from clients who know that a reiki treatment was beneficial to them but then get caught up in their busy lives or stress and anxiety, and don’t make the time to come in for a treatment. So, do come for treatments when it suits you, but if you know that it helps you, especially at times when you’re feeling low energy, anxious, sad or not quite in balance, do try to make the time. You’re worth it!

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.
Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

Reiki metaphors: describing reiki

cimg3549A few comments from clients lately made me think of how we use metaphors.

I think because the effects of reiki and the feelings experienced during a treatment are so unusual that it’s quite hard to articulate what exactly is happening.

And metaphors, using something unrelated to refer to something else, can be useful in life and reiki, proving us with more clarity or useful understanding.

When I have my hands on different parts of a client’s body, I know what it feels like, but when trying to describe it, I often come up short. Usually, I feel warmth, but sometimes that warmth is hot, or light, or has a bit of electricity and charge mixed in. And when a client says it felt hot, and I think it felt hot, I still don’t know if we’re describing the same energy.

The woman who a regular client, E., used to get reiki treatments from used the metaphor of our lives as cups that are overfilled with thoughts and activities and worries. Reiki, she said, is like punching a hole in the cup so that you let out enough so that instead of overflowing, you can manage on a day-to-day basis what’s in your cup!

Meanwhile, a recent client told me that he felt his vision was like a dirty windscreen, but after the treatment, it was clear.

Sometimes, when I’ve had a treatment, what it feels like most of all is like sitting in a nice, warm bath!

One of my favourite reiki metaphors comes from my teacher Frans Steine which is advice on how, as a reiki practitioner, I should give treatments. He said that we should like a sheet of clean white paper. As soon as you write on it, or just put the smallest mark or dot, it is not longer the same. So, instead of putting an expectation on how the treatment should be, or imagining in advance what healing I want to occur or what will occur, I should be like that clean sheet of paper to have the best effects for a treatment.

Even if both I and a client set the intention that the client should receive what it is that she or he needs at this time, I think that still allows the paper to be pretty blank!

In any case, metaphors are useful for reiki but more important is how you feel during the treatment and what effects you notice afterwards.

What are your favourite reiki metaphors? Feel free to share them here!

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.
Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.

How clients find me! Reiki Surry Hills

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I love how clients find me.

It seems mysterious but I suppose it’s not. After all, my website is pretty easy to find on Google. The closest train station to me is Central. There are a lot of people who live or work near Surry Hills.

But I still find it a bit magical. There are quite a few other reiki practitioners in Sydney (I’ve been working my way up the google rankings, and at the moment am halfway down the second page!).

So, it does require clients to find me somehow. During these last busy months, I’ve found that I’ve been getting good word of mouth, where clients are referring me to their friends, or even enthusiastically giving their friends treatments as gifts. One client treated two of his staff members. Another client sent her lawyer for a treatment. And another brought not one but both of her sisters!

I also have been building up a nice group of return clients. As you’ll know if you come for a treatment, I always send a follow-up email, and sometimes two, and try to keep in touch. At the same time, my clients are able to notice the positive changes and benefits for themselves, and then make the time to come in again when it feels right to have another treatment.

Most of my clients come from Google searches, and to add to that, a fair number have come in because of the positive reviews (thanks reviewers!). I can see that these clients are happy to do some research, and they want to make sure if they come in for a treatment that it’s a practice that is trusted and receives good feedback. I myself wouldn’t trust a business as much if they don’t have any reviews at all, and at the same time, I’ve noticed at least one other reiki business that has fake reviews (all the same language but different names of reviewers!). But I think people can spot fake reviews pretty easily.

I spend so much time on Facebook in my personal life that I thought that I might get clients from my Facebook page, but to tell the truth, I’m not sure if anyone’s ever come through Facebook, though I’ve had some enquiries.

A number of people come because it’s the most convenient location for them, since it’s pretty much walking distance from Potts Point, Darlinghurst, Redfern and even the city. Some clients have been visiting Sydney and staying in accommodation (or having meetings) close by). One client lives farther away but combines a treatment with visiting her parents who live closeby! But a recent client decided to treat herself to a few hours in the city and came all the way from the Shire.

Finally, it’s nice to know that clients come because they’ve visited my webpage and get a good feel from it. I’ve had a number of clients say that they liked the vibe of the site, or that they’d visited other reiki websites and didn’t really click with either the way reiki was described, or the reiki practitioners themselves. It’s not to say that one reiki practitioner will be better than another, but certainly if you like the energy that you get from my website (and Facebook page), then you’ll hopefully also like my energy in person. It’s important when having a treatment to be able to feel comfortable and safe.

In any case, however you find me, I’m glad! I look forward to seeing you for your next reiki treatment!

Discover the gifts and benefits of a session of Japanese reiki therapy, healing energy from an experienced practitioner. Visit my website or Facebook page for more information and SMS, email or call me if you’d like to make an appointment.
Clients come from all over Sydney to see me, and I’ve also had clients who are visiting Sydney from Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast come and see me while they’re here for business, conferences or meeting families. While it’s easiest to get to me from the CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross, Redfern and Potts Point, I’m pretty easy to get to from anywhere in Sydney.