People come for energy treatments for many reasons – whether that is relaxation, calm, releasing blocks, managing stress, connecting with their body, self-care; or when they are in transition – so managing the emotions of grief, loss, separation, or getting clarity on careers, new projects; or when they are managing an illness and looking for support with that; or lots of other places on the well-being continuum. Energy treatments can be a wonderful time to recalibrate, and get in touch and in tune with your body for your well-being. I wanted to share with you some information about energy treatments, from my experience, to help you prepare for your session.
First off, you may be wondering who I am. My name is Pearl, and I am one of newer practitioners at Circle of Light. I offer Reiki and IET at CoL, and I also staff the desk on Saturdays from 10-2. You can read more about my experiences HERE.
As per the title of this blog, the clothes removal question is usually one of the make-it-or-break-it questions I get when chatting with folks about energy treatments, and I really appreciate when people ask. I know the thought can be uncomfortable and challenging for some. In fact, it’s usually one of MY first questions for any bodywork treatments I am receiving as well.
In my experience, working with Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) as my primary modalities, removal of clothes is NOT an expectation for these types of energy treatments. However, for your treatment, it is great if you can wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, as that will allow you to feel less restricted and more relaxed when on the table.
There’s a table? Right, so perhaps we should back up a bit. In booking an energy treatment with a practitioner at Circle of Light, you can expect to have your treatment in a room that feels clear and light, with a massage table set up, with pillows/sheets/blankets on top (that you can use or not use), relaxing music and low light/candles. How the room is set up is really dependent on the practitioner, so it is great to not only find a practitioner that you feel comfortable and relaxed with, but also a space that you feel comfortable and relaxed in. Much of the time, these go hand in hand.
Now, all of the things that we typically associate with energy treatments really are not absolutely essential; moreso just nice things to have :) Technically, for an energy treatment, you need a practitioner, a person interested in receiving the treatment, a mildly quiet/private place and yep, that’s about it!
After that discussion is complete, and the person feels comfortable, it’s time to get on the table, and get comfortable, settled – figure out if you are too cold, too warm, the music is too loud, or you need a pillow under your knees etc – very practical things.
For myself, as the person is settling themselves, I typically invite them to take a few deep breaths while I take a moment to centre. I cannot stress how important it is for the practitioner to be present and connected during treatments. However, it is really easy not to be – practitioners can be busy people as well and all have lives outside of their work, like everyone else. It does make a difference though – showing up for people with mind, body and spirit centered, holding the space for their energy and highest good is so key to creating a space for any relaxation/healing to happen. That said, it is never about the practitioner’s skill level during treatments, so this is not an ego-based, almighty healer kind of thing – it is really just about being a supportive presence and being there for the person, as they facilitate their own process.
For both Reiki and IET, the touch that is used is a light pressure on the body (the areas of which I will talk about shortly). Practitioners typically check-in with folks about their comfort level with touch before starting – so if a person was really uncomfortable with someone’s hands on them lightly, or they had particular areas that were sensitive, we could figure out what would work best for them. As a general rule, hands are on the body, except for the throat and places that a bathing suit would cover – in case you were thinking about that! The other thing is that folks are always welcome to share during the session if something is working for them, or not, touch-wise – so that feedback and communication does happen during the treatment, and is encouraged. Interestingly, I find that during treatments, people are so appreciative of being touched in a calm, caring and supportive way – that it is often very welcomed.
Sessions can range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours – which allows time to be connected and to do a thorough ‘assessment’ and re-balance in all parts of the body, as needed. Personally, I like to start at the head for treatments (unless I am told by the person, or intuitively guided, to go somewhere else). Not a surprise, but the head is often the place with the most activity, and to have the head and mind relax right from the start really helps with the rest of the treatment. From there, in Reiki, I typically will focus my attention on the energy centres (chakras) – so there are 7 major ones down the centre of the body – and then the arms, legs, feet. I mentioned intuitively guided, because for my practice as I was taught, I try to ‘listen’ to the communication the person’s body is giving me, to guide me to where to move to next. If I am not getting anything, and that’s ok, I’ll just move down one side of the body, and then down the other side, head to feet. In IET, there is particular cellular memory areas of the body focused on during the treatment.
During an energy treatment, the person receiving may feel heat under the places where the practitioner’s hands are. This is pretty standard – it may be an indication of an area that needs some attention or an imbalance present. The person could also feel tingling or fluttering, and that sensation can happen in the spot where the practitioner’s hands are, or in another part of the body that is being activated (which is always interesting!). As well, emotions can come up for people on certain parts of the body – laughing, crying, anger, etc – these are all energy releases, and are perfectly normal, and it is great to let yourself express those emotions.
Sometimes, there isn’t anything to feel, except calm and relaxed – for the most part, we try to encourage folks to not ‘think’ too much or reason out what’s happening in their body, and really just get into being present in their body (vs. staying in their mind). Finally, some people fall asleep during treatments, and that’s o.k.~ believe me, I have done it many times, and the treatments still “work”! :)
After a treatment, we would encourage folks to drink a lot of water (to continue the clearing process), rest (if possible) and be cognizant if things come up (as sometimes emotions get released post-treatment) and then find those outlets in your life that feel nurturing (whether that is talking to a friend, taking a bath, journalling, getting outside in nature). And there it is!
Sound great to you? Feel free to book your upcoming energy treatment online HERE with one of our many awesome practitioners – we offer Reiki, IET and many other modalities. Look forward to seeing you soon at CoL!