Reiki is becoming more mainstream lately and with good reason. I’ve been doing Reiki on my son and have seen the wonderful benefits he experiences. But because many people don’t completely understand what it is, they are hesitant to try it for themselves, let alone allow their children to try it.
What is Reiki?
During a Reiki session, the practitioner channels energy (sometimes through light touch) to heal the body. You remain fully clothed during a session and can sit or lie in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
The benefits of Reiki can show up in the body in one of four main areas: physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional. Some specific ways Reiki may help children include less stress, improved concentration, higher self-esteem, and a greater feeling of relaxation.
Can you do Reiki on Children?
Reiki is completely non-invasive and comes with zero risks, so there’s really no reason for children not to try it. Children can experience many of the same benefits adults experience from a Reiki session.
They may also feel sleepy or more emotional than usual after a session due to the movement of energy through their body. It’s important for them to drink lots of water before, during, and after a session.
What is different when Reiki is done on children vs. adults?
Before a child receives Reiki, it’s important for the parent to give their consent. This is required for anyone who is 18 years old or younger. It’s also a good idea for the parent and/or the Reiki practitioner to explain to the child what will be happening during the Reiki session.
In preparation for the Reiki session, the practitioner will ask you and your child to share what has brought you to the session. While it’s good to let your child explain what they are feeling, because it can be difficult for some children to express themselves, you may need to jump in and help them out.
Some Reiki practitioners might have a questionnaire for you to complete about your child before the session. It’s a good idea for a parent or guardian should stay in the room during the Reiki session so the child can be as relaxed as possible.
Can anyone perform Reiki?
Anyone can learn how to do Reiki, but to become a Reiki Master, you must go through an attunement process where healing energy is transferred from the master to the student. Therefore, it’s best to work with a Reiki practitioner who has received a Reiki attunement. If you’re not sure, just ask.
If you or your child is anxious at the thought of trying Reiki, you can meet with the practitioner before deciding if it’s right for you. If you are contacting a practitioner to schedule an appointment or consult, be sure and let them know that you are asking about Reiki for your child. Not all practitioners work on children.
What questions do you have about performing Reiki on children? Let me know in the comments.
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