What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

By Casey Cheah, 6 May 2021

What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

If you have never had Reiki before, you might wonder what exactly does a Reiki treatment in Melbourne Reiki and Wellness actually feel like? How does it work?

Reiki is extremely relaxing!

One of the most beautiful things about Reiki is how relaxing and rejuvenating for your mind, body and soul it is. You will firstly lie on a Reiki table (similar to a massage table). If you are having a Reiki treatment at Melbourne Reiki and Wellness, you will be covered with a beautiful warm blanket and an eye mask is placed over your eyes. You’ll find relaxing music playing in the background. The room will be warm and the blinds closed, to create the most relaxing and serene environment for you to enjoy your Reiki treatment.

Energy is moving!

Once you are settled on the Reiki table, you will be asked to take a couple of deep breaths to settle in and enjoy. Once you feel the practitioner’s hands on your body, there are a number of sensations you might notice. One very common feeling is the sensation of energy moving through your body. It might feel like energy is moving up or down, or even in and out of your body. Some people may even experience a floating sensation, almost like an out of body experience.

Heat or cold?

Another common experience is to feel in a Reiki treatment is heat in your body. This might occur underneath the practitioners hands, but you may also feel heat in other areas of your body. Sometimes you might even feel like the practitioner all of a sudden has more than 2 hands, as once they have moved to a different position, it could feel as though their hands are still in the same place! Alternatively, sometimes you may feel a little cold in particular areas of your body. In general, your body temperature will tend to drop a little over the course of the Reiki treatment as you a lying still. But sometimes the cold you might feel is not quite the same as your whole body temperature dropping. It may be more of an energetic feeling.

Stomach rumbling and twitching limbs

Very often you will find that your stomach will growl and rumble, even if you have just eaten! Your practitioner’s stomach may also growl and rumble too. This is just a sign that you have connected to Reiki energy, and energy is moving through your body. Twitches and spasms of your limbs might also be felt in the Reiki treatment. This is also a sign that energy is shifting and clearing.

Stuck in the mind?

It can be common to find it hard to relax at the start. At Melbourne Reiki and Wellness, Casey will guide through a coaching session first, and this can sometimes stir up some thoughts and emotions. However, you will find that over the course of the Reiki treatment, your mind will relax as energy starts to flow. If you are stuck in your mind and can’t seem to calm your thoughts, try to focus on your breathing. You can also draw your attention to any energetic sensations you might feel throughout the session.


Sometimes you will notice yourself drifting off to sleep. This is a magical thing! If you fall asleep in a Reiki treatment, you are out of your conscious mind and fully relaxed, which is when your body can heal. Falling asleep is great and there is never any judgement for snoring, drooling, or twitching! This is all a great sign you are relaxed and open to receive Reiki energy.

Nothing at all

You may not even feel anything at all, and this is perfectly okay too! Just because you might not be feeling anything, doesn’t mean Reiki is not working. Trust that Reiki energy is still flowing. Even though you might not feel any particular sensations during the Reiki treatment, you might feel differently afterwards.

If you are curious and would like to try a Reiki treatment at Melbourne Reiki and Wellness, you can find out more here. You can book in online here.

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