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Just for today, I will…
Not be angry,
Not worry,
Be grateful,
Do my work honestly,
Be kind to every living thing.

– Reiki Principles

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does Reflexology hurt?

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My personal experience has been that an empathic, tuned in healer who knows about grounding energy and also about the connection between emotional release and physical release, can greatly minimize any discomfort associated with Reflexology. Perhaps you've been turned off, as have I, by a previous reflexology experience where you felt like you were literally going to rise off the table from the pain? Well, quite truthfully, that level of "getting in there" is just not necessary if one is also channeling spiritual energies. With Reiki present, for example, I find that the same problem area can be successfully released with minimal pressure and discomfort. So my answer to that question is: No, reflexology doesn't have to hurt but it can result in brief moments of discomfort if there is a lot of congestion in the reflex.

Is reflexology something new?

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Not at all! Evidence shows that reflexology was practiced by ancient Egyptian physicians over 4000 years ago. It is also believed that reflexology was an integral part of ancient Indian, European, North American Native and Oriental folklore healing practices. Like many other recently revived forms of folklore knowledge, reflexology is a valuable contribution to the modern person's health care.

What can I expect in a reflexology session?

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As the reflex areas of your feet, hands or ears are stimulated you may from time to time experience pin-prick-like sensations. These sensations result from sensitivity that frequently reflects the presence of tension in the corresponding part of the body. If it is not comfortable for you, you should ask the person who is doing the reflexology to decrease the amount of pressure that they are using. It is important that you are comfortable with the stimulation, as relaxation is the primary goal of reflexology, and you need to feel comfortable in order to relax in your session.

Does reflexology diagnose?

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NO. Reflexology identifies where stress and tension is located in the body. This can be a valuable assistance to the diagnosis process, but it is not sufficient by itself. If a reflexology recipient has identified other symptoms that coincide with the stress and tension identified by reflexology, and then they should consult a licensed health care provider such as a naturopathic doctor or a medical doctor for a diagnosis. If a reflexology recipient is not aware of any other symptoms that corroborate with the stress and tension identified by reflexology, then the person should recognize that the stress and tension will be alleviated to some degree by reflexology stimulation. Therefore, to some extent their stress is being taken care of. It is their choice whether to continue receiving reflexology in order to alleviate the stress and tension, and/or whether to seek out other therapies to assist.

Does reflexology treat disease?

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NO. Reflexologists do not work with a treatment orientation, rather they are oriented to revitalizing the whole body and hence supporting the body in it's own healing process.

If reflexology does not treat disease, what can it do for me?

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Reflexology is used primarily to relieve stress and tension and produce deep therapeutic relaxation. Medical doctors agree that over three fourths of our health problems can be linked to nervous and physical tension. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology improves blood and lymph circulation, strengthens the functioning of the immune system, improves assimilation of nutrition and elimination of toxins, and calms the nervous system. In these ways, reflexology facilitates the body's natural healing processes and thereby enhances the body's health and vitality.

If I don't believe in reflexology, will it still be effective?

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YES. Reflexology relieves stress and tension and deeply relaxes people independent of their beliefs about it. Many very skeptical people have become strong advocates for reflexology after experiencing it. It is also quite possible that your belief in its effectiveness will enhance its benefits. Try it with an open mind and find out for yourself how you respond to reflexology. Each person has his or her own unique response.

If I have a serious ailment, can reflexology make my condition worse?

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Absolutely not! Reflexology practised with common sense is completely safe. It simply relaxes the body, which allows it to function more effectively. The results can be amazing!!! If a licensed health care provider such as a medical or naturopathic doctor is managing your condition, it is important that you discuss the consequences of any therapy (including reflexology) with this person before you commence treatment. This is particularly appropriate if your condition involves an organ transplant, an implanted device (pacemaker), or, is acute.

Can reflexology help constipation?

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Wow, can it ever! Reflexology is one of the quickest and most effective ways to help the bowels decide to move that I've ever seen. Much quicker than laxatives, which can create dependency or cramping. Of course, if one has colitis, irritable bowel, Crohn's or other colon problems, reflexology is certainly not intended to replace any needed medical attention.

Can reflexology do me any serious harm?

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NO. Reflexology is essentially harmless. The therapeutic relaxation that reflexology produces facilitates the body's release of toxins. On very rare occasions this release of toxins may bring about perspiration, a nauseous feeling, a headache, or a bad taste in the mouth. These minor discomforts are evidence of the body's healing process, are very temporary and are not serious. Should you experience any discomfort after a reflexology session that is not temporary, then you should assume that its cause is independent of the reflexology and take the appropriate remedial actions. Most people enjoy pleasant relaxed and/or energized feelings after a reflexology session.

Is it possible to practice reflexology on oneself?

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YES. The application of foot reflexology to others, as learned from video or course instruction , may be easily adapted to practicing on oneself, provided you have sufficient flexibility to reach your own feet for the duration of the application: 20-30 minutes. Needless to say, very few people feel that they derive the quality of benefit when they work on their own feet compared to receiving a session from another person. Stimulating the reflex areas of your hands is another alternative that for most people is a lot more convenient.

Can you explain the theory of elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine?

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Chinese tradition is based on a theory of elements which is used to explain every interaction between people and their environment. These elements, namely, wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, are seen to be related, with wood encouraging fire, fire resolving to earth, earth yielding up metal, metal producing water (seen as condensation on a cold metal surface), and water giving birth to wood by encouraging the growth of vegetation.

Each element has a number of associations, ranging from emotions and parts of the body to human sounds, the seasons, colors and tastes, all underpinned by a simple logic. Wood, for example, relates to spring and the color green; fire to summer; and water to the kidneys. For good health to prevail, the elements need to be in harmony; if one element becomes too dominant, illness may result. Chinese practitioners often look for the cause of the illness in a related element: weakness in the liver (wood), for example, may be due to deficiencies in the kidneys (water). A weak stomach (earth) might be caused by overexuberant wood (liver) failing to be controlled by deficient metal (lung).

  • Wood - Season: Spring, Taste: Sour, Emotion: Anger, Parts of the Body: Liver, Gallbladder, Tendons, Eyes
  • Fire - Season: Summer, Taste: Bitter, Emotion: Joy, Parts of the Body: Heart, Small Intestine, Tongue, Blood vessels
  • Metal - Season: Fall, Taste: Pungent, Emotion: Grief, Parts of the Body: Lungs, Large Intestines, Nose, Skin
  • Water - Season: Winter, Taste: Salty, Emotion: Fear, Parts of the Body: Kidney, Bladder, Ear, Hair, Bones
  • Earth - Season: Indian Summer, Taste: Sweet, Emotion: Worry, Parts of the Body: Spleen, Stomach, Mouth, Muscle

What is yin and yang?

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Complementing the basic model of the five elements is the Chinese theory of opposites - yin and yang. According to this, everything in the cosmos both contains and is balanced by its own polar opposite. Yin is seen as female, dark and cold, while yang is characterized as male, light and hot.

In traditional Chinese medicine, yin and yang need to be in balance to maintain health, and many ills can be attributed to a deficiency or excess of either factor.

Different parts of the body are also described as predominantly yin or yang: body fluids and blood are mainly yin, for example, while qi, the vital energy, tends to be yang. Qi is regarded as flowing in a network of channels, or meridians, through the body and can be stimulated using massage, acupuncture, or cupping.

Is Reiki safe?

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It is beleived that Reiki energy works only for the Highest Good of each person and can NOT cause harm. It is safe for anyone and for any situations including pregnant women and children.

What other Reiki techniques exist in the world?

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Tibetan Reiki, Shamballa, Sacred Path Reiki, Ascension Reiki, Tera Mai Reiki, Seichem, Karuna Reiki, Karuna Ki, Saichim 7 Facet, Extended Seichim Reiki, Isis Seichim, Traditional Japanese Reiki, Raku Kei Reiki, Atlatis Healing System, etc.

What is the difference between these Reiki techniques?

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They use a different method to attract the Reiki healing energy. They have a bit different techniques and symbols. Many styles are different from the original Usui Reiki.

What are Reiki Symbols?

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They are tools to help direct energy.

Can I treat myself with Reiki?

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Yes. By laying on your hands on your body you can enjoy all the benefits of Reiki. Self-healing will re-balance and centre your body-mind-spirit connection.

Can Reiki be used on animals and plants?

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Animals respond faster to Reiki than humans. Plants also respond well, because they are living energy fields that can be out of balance.

Can Reiki be used with other therapies?

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Yes. It can be combined with other complementary therapies very successfully. Reiki will enhance their effects. It can also be used to complement the health care you receive in hospitals or other health care providers.

Are there any sensations during or after the Reiki treatment?

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It depends on the individual. You might not feel anything, but this does not mean that Reiki is not working . On the other hand, you might have sensations during or after the treatment such as: heat, cold, tingling, buzzing, relaxation, sleepiness, or other. It may happen also that the symptoms worsen after the treatment, but just for a short period of time, after which you will feel wonderful. It is important to drink lots of water to aid the cleansing of the body.

Are there some illnesses that Reiki can't be used on?

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Reiki can be used on all illnesses. Many clients have experienced accelerated healing. Reiki reduces stress and pain. Chemo and radiation patients notice a decrease in side effects from treatment. It also has allowed individuals to depart from this earth with resolution and a state of peace. That doesn't mean that everyone who experiences Reiki will be cured. Reiki will help to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit and can relieve or even remove symptoms. It is always the recipients belief and intention to heal that allows the process to happen. It is the recipients choice to heal. It took a long time for some illnesses to develop and may take time and patience for them to heal.

What can I do to help during a Reiki Treatment?

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During the reiki healing session you can try to relax as much as possible and mentally open your mind to receiving the healing energy. Even if you do not have faith in it, by keeping an open or unbiased mind, it can assist the flow of healing energy.

Do you need to concentrate in order to channel the reiki energy?

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When a Reiki practitioner's hands are placed on or near you the Reiki energy `turns on' automatically. There is no conscious effort needed on the part of the practitioner. If you have been initiated to Reiki, you simply have to place your hands on or near the body.

I have heard about a 21 day cleansing process that follows Reiki? What happens?

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After a Reiki treatment or attunement you may experience some physical, emotional, mental or spiritual complaints as the body goes through a 21 day cleansing process (or you may notice nothing). Issues, old patterns, beliefs may come up to be challenged and as this happens new understandings will bring in a new foundation. Issues are being healed on every level of your being.

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