Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens when our energy system becomes depleted or imbalanced?
When our energy system is off-balance, the energy that usually flows through and around our bodies becomes congested. For example- pain is congested energy. When an individual has pain, the practitioner focuses on removing the energy congestion so that the pain level is reduced. Stress also causes congestion in our energy field.
Q: What can negatively affect our energy field?
The following are factors that can negatively affect your energy field:
Pain, stress at work or home, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, lack of sleep, sedentary lifestyle, arguments, smoking, drugs, alcohol, medications, emotional problems, depression, and negative relationships.
Q: What should I expect during a Healing Touch/Reiki or Aromatherapy Session?
Prior to the first Healing Touch, Reiki or Aromatherapy appointment, clients are asked to complete a brief questionnaire. The first appointment begins with a conversation, during which the responses to the questionnaire are reviewed and questions are asked that range from how the individual is feeling that day to what his or her goals are for the treatment. Since the client’s well being is of utmost importance, the relationship that is established between practitioner and client is a partnership.
After a caring, compassionate discussion, the individual will lie on a massage table while an energy assessment is done to determine what Healing Touch technique would be most beneficial at that time. Throughout the treatment, the client remains fully clothed and will be asked to remove his/her shoes.
During the session, the practitioner either makes sweeping movements over the body or using a light touch, gently places her hands-on areas of the body to facilitate clearing the congested energy. A feeling of deep relaxation and a sense of well being are the usual responses experienced by clients. One of the most frequent responses is, “I feel peaceful.” Music will be playing to help facilitate the client into entering this deep state of relaxation.
A mantra may be given for the client to use during the treatment to focus their mind if it tends to wander. Healing, Happiness, and Love is a commonly used mantra. A special location or image can also be a focal point to keep the mind from wandering during the treatment.
It is typical for the client to experience sensations during the treatment that ranges from tingling, temperature changes, a sensation of sinking into the table, or floating off the table. Some clients see various shapes, colors, or images during the treatment. Often times, the arms or legs will become slightly spastic as energy releases out of them. Sometimes, clients fall asleep and don't experience anything at all during the treatment, except for deep relaxation and that is completely normal as well.
Energy releases in different ways. Energy may release in the form of crying or tears. If this occurs, I am there to support the client as this release occurs, and will continue on with the treatment.
At the end of the treatment, it is encouraged that the client drinks water to help with toxin removal and energy congestion removal from the body. Water intake should be increased for the next couple of days (as long as there is no water restriction from your physician). It is encouraged that the client pays attention to any changes in their physical body, emotions, and mental state in the time between sessions as there can be significant changes and shifts in various areas of one's life. Writing in a Journal about your experience after a session is recommended.
Q: How long does a Healing Touch, Reiki and Aromatherapy session last?
An initial visit involves a 20 to 30-minute intake assessment followed by a Healing Touch, Reiki or Aromatherapy treatment. A typical session lasts about an hour although some may take a little longer depending upon the goals to be accomplished for the session. The actual time of the treatment is 50 minutes. Aromatherapy treatment is generally 30 minutes.
Q: Should I tip my Practitioner?
Tipping is always appreciated for our service but never expected.
Q: Will I be clothed during the session?
Yes, you will be fully clothed and you may want to dress comfortably. It is recommended to remove your shoes for a treatment. A blanket is provided for your comfort. I suggest bringing a pair of socks if you are wearing sandals. Feet typically get quite cold during a treatment.
Q: What happens after the treatment?
Following the treatment, recommendations for self-care are discussed and I like to offer instruction on simple techniques that can be used for self-healing in between sessions. If needed, a follow-up appointment is scheduled and goals are set for ways to enhance well-being and accelerate the body’s natural healing ability. In addition, there are times when referrals may be made to other health-care practitioners. It is encouraged that you stay adequately hydrated for the next couple of days.
Q: How often would I have to be seen?
If you have an acute condition such as recent surgery, injury, or actively receiving chemotherapy; more benefit is derived by a Healing Touch or Reiki treatment once a week for 2-3 weeks. If you have a chronic condition, the practitioner will suggest that you be seen once a week or biweekly for four to six weeks as it sometimes takes up to three visits for there to be a noticeable benefit. Healing Touch and Reiki treatments build upon each other and have cumulative effects. It took a lifetime for the congested energy to build up so it is reasonable to expect it to take multiple treatments to clear that congested energy. Your chakra system has cellular memory and will need to build up that memory of how to keep your chakras open with each treatment. More than likely you will receive benefits from just one treatment.
Q: What if I do not like to be touched?
All the techniques can be done without the practitioner directly touching you and will be just as effective.
Q: Do you have to be a certain age to receive Healing Touch, Reiki or Aromatherapy?
You can be any age! I have given treatments to patients between the ages of 2 years old to 92 years old.
Q: What if someone is not able to come to you for a treatment, do you make house calls?
Typically I do not make house calls but there are exceptions to every rule so please email me personally to discuss a care plan to meet your needs
Q: Do you have to believe in Healing Touch or Reiki for it “to work”?
You do not have to be a believer for Healing Touch or Reiki to be effective. You can keep your skepticism and it will still work, even if your conscious mind thinks its "a little out there".
Q: Do you recommend that Healing Touch or Reiki be used in place of traditional medical care?
Absolutely not. Healing Touch and Reiki should be used in conjunction WITH – not instead of – traditional medical care.
Q: How can I find classes on Healing Touch?