Treatment Guidelines

Here is another set of guidelines for giving a Reiki treatment. These are practical instructions and ideas for facilitating a professional and comfortable experience for the client.

  • Clear the room of energies that don’t belong. You can accomplish this by placing a “bubble” of Reiki energy to encompass the entire room.
  • Ground, center, and focus yourself.
  • Wash your hands before and after each treatment. Be sure that you have taken a bath or shower beforehand. Avoid any overpowering scents.
  • Prepare music. Make sure it is complimentary to Reiki.
  • Have Kleenex available to you and the client.
  • Lower the lights to a soft glow.
  • Make sure the sheets are clean and neat.
  • Use lightly scented incense or oil that is conducive to healing.
  • Have the client remove shoes, jewelry, glasses, and empty their pockets. Prepare them beforehand to wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Ask them if they have any specific health concerns that you need to be aware of. If so, you can ask for guidance in your prayer before you start.
  • Talk with the client and let them know exactly what you will be doing.
  • Be aware of the laws in your area. There are some states that do not allow for you to touch a person in any way unless you are licensed.
  • Refrain from too much conversation during the treatment, as this takes away from the client’s experience.
  • Remember to keep your fingers together and your hands lightly cupped throughout your treatment.
  • Do not breathe directly on the client.
  • Keep your hand pressure light. Do not press on them.
  • Pick your hands up when moving from one position to the next.
  • When you have the client turn over please tell them to do so SLOWLY. Some clients will feel lightheaded at this point.
  • Do not forget to smooth or sweep the client when you are done. And ALWAYS zip them up.
  • When you have completed the entire session ask them to sit up SLOWLY on the side of the massage table and balance them as you were shown.
  • Let them sit there, or in a chair close by, for a few minutes before they leave. This allows you to watch them to make sure they are properly grounded.
  • Give them a bottle of water to drink, or offer a cup of herbal tea.

You may want to let the client know that sometimes they may feel worse after a treatment for a few days. This is due to the healing process being accelerated. Tell them to not concern themselves if this is the case. However, make yourself available to them for communication after the treatment. Do not make a big issue about this. Some people have a tendency to hang on to “negative” thoughts so please be discerning about this issue.

After the client leaves, blow out any candles, turn off the music, turn up the lights, and give thanks to all who helped you with this treatment. Wash your hands. If you feel you are not grounded do one of the procedures for grounding.

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