You’ve most likely heard the term “Reiki” or possibly know a practitioner. It’s one of those mistaken “new age” methods of relaxation that is actually not “new age” at all. Reiki — also called “laying on hands” — is a Japanese technique from the 1920s for reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and seeks to promote healing. While there are many that don’t necessarily buy into the whole idea of Reiki healing, one of the most popular rising trends that many are swearing by are Reiki energy facials.
In our high-stress society, Reiki energy facials are a service for those looking to take a load off and get revitalized. Yet, while you may expect some calming gooey cream to be administered, it’s not that kind of facial! Reiki is about light touch to balance energy. Some people walk away having experienced a cathartic release, others say they have felt an emotional purge, and there are some miraculous reports of clients leaving sessions symptoms-free and even cancer-free!
No matter if you’re seeking a simple way to unwind, a better way to care for yourself, or are looking to heal an ailment, Reiki energy facials are here to help!
What is Reiki?
When broken down, you uncover two Japanese words within Reiki – “Rei which means ‘Gods Wisdom or the Higher Power’ and Ki which is ‘life force energy.’” In short, Reiki translates to “spiritually guided life force energy.” With that said, it’s best to clarify that, while Reiki is “spiritual in nature, it is not a religion,” meaning that there is no dogma and no belief requirements in order to learn the technique or use the practice.
Yet, the translation explains perfectly the goal of Reiki. Per the International Reiki Center for Reiki Training, the practice of Reiki is “a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.” Stemming from Japan around 1922, Reiki focuses on “stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing,” through the act of administering “laying on hands.” This laying on hands helps to guide and rebalance “an unseen ‘life force energy’ [that] flows through us.” It is believed that when this energy is low “we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”
Reiki focuses on treating the person as a whole “including body, emotions, mind, and spirit creating beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing.”
What is a Reiki Energy Facial?
As one journalist explained, “reiki facials can’t remove issues from your life, nor can it physically remove wrinkles from your face.”
So, what does a Reiki energy facial do?
Per Sushma Sagar, the founder of The Calmery in London, a Reiki energy facial can give you inner radiance based upon positively flowing energy, which shows within your face. While the practice and technique of a Reiki practitioner are similar, the experience is different for every person who undergoes Reiki treatment. Reiki practitioners “channel universal life force energy, or through the laying on of hands over the client’s energy centers, or chakras, bringing harmony and balance, as well as ridding the body of blockages, trapped emotions or anything that isn’t serving at present.”
These aspects of Reiki treatment are all incredibly different within all of us. Therefore, no two people will have the same Reiki treatment experience.
What Can I Expect?
There are a few administrative things you can expect from a Reiki energy facial.
First off, per holistic esthetician Julie Civiello Polier, a Reiki practitioner should inquire what your specific intention or intentions are for the energy facial. Whether it be simple curiosity, reducing stress, promoting calm, or seeking a deeper connection with an internal imbalance, it’s a great way to allow your practitioner to get down and dirty with the issue you’re most concerned about!
Generally, depending on your particular life force energy issues, with a Reiki energy facial, your practitioner will focus on the face, neck, shoulders, and even your chest. They generally hover their hands one to two inches above certain parts of these regions, will make direct contact with “laying on hands” occasionally, and, be aware, your Reiki practitioner may also make some strange noises to boot! One session should last about 45 minutes to an hour, but this can change depending on the needs of your body and the flexibility of the Reiki clinic or spa you go to.
If you’re still nervous, just ask your Reiki practitioner! They are trained to help others and therefore, I’m sure, won’t mind a quick conversation beforehand in order to prepare your mind and open your body to the experience of a Reiki facial massage.
First-Hand Reiki Energy Facial Experiences
Looking for a bit more first-hand experience? Luckily, there are a handful of people who openly and honestly shared their experience with Reiki energy facials. Here are a few to ease you into the idea of balancing your energy life force!
Georgia Murray of Refinery29
Georgia Murray is a journalist for Refinery29, a “leading global media company focused on young women,” who aim to “inspire, entertain, and empower [their] audience through optimistic and diverse storytelling, experiences, and points of view.” Murray wrote about her experience receiving a Reiki energy facial at an energy healing clinic called The Calmery in London. Murray’s recounting in this article is a great read for anyone who is a skeptic of the entire Reiki practice. She offers a very honest and upfront readers warning that she doesn’t necessarily buy into the idea, yet Murray goes into the experience with an open mind.
During her session, Murray makes note of a couple bodily changes that may be attributed to the energy facial. Firstly, she experiences “sinking into the bed” and then both of her arms begin to tingle, apparently a natural experience of a Reiki energy facial. Next, Murray experiences something being pulled from her body, as she writes:
“Then she has her fingers above my brow and draws them up before clicking, and I feel something pull up from my head with her fingers. This could just be the pressure change, but I do make a note of it.”
“I feel like it’s only been 15 minutes since she started, but she points to the clock on the wall and it has, in fact, been 50. I sit up and feel utterly spaced out — like I’m both stoned and have just been woken up after a long sleep. She tells me that she’s worked through my head, shoulders, and chest and cleared as much of the blocked energy as she could, and that there was a particularly tough area over my left cheek … I feel light and serene walking down Oxford Street (words no one has ever said), and the busy work day and hellish journey to The Calmery feel like a distant memory. I watch the World Cup when I get home, and have a pretty average night’s sleep.”
While Murray’s overall experience wasn’t transcendent or life-changing, she does note that the Reiki energy facial provided not only an hour out of her day but also an after effect of, as she puts it, “chill.”
Hannah Rose-Yee of the Whimn
Another honest report of a Reiki energy facial experience comes to us from Hannah Rose-Yee of the Whimn, an Australia-based women-centric website providing first-hand stories to “make you laugh, think, and get inspired.”
Luckily, this Reiki energy facial was also provided by the same reiki practitioner — Sushma Sagar — at the same location in London — The Calmery — giving us a double perspective from two different clients under the same reiki practitioner hands. Hanna Rose-Yee relates the techniques used during her energy facial:
“… Sushma is moving her hands over my body, focusing on specific chakras that require clearing. She places her hands on my foreheads, cheeks and throat, and I feel them grow warm as she breathes in and out and chants. (The warm feeling is part of the reiki session. It signifies the flow and release of energy.) The session lasts about an hour and as it winds down Sushma’s breathing grows more and more intense. She groans, shudders and jerks as I feel her twisting the air above my head and pulling it away from me … The session ends with Sushma’s hands on my throat, wrapped around my neck.”
While Murray’s experience seemed somewhat dry and uneventful, Rose-Yee relates bursting into tears upon leaving The Calmery. Based upon research, this is actually a very normal response to a Reiki energy facial, as the treatment is meant to surface and release emotions that were being quelled, were festering, and possibly causing an imbalance in your life force energy.
As you can see, the experience is completely dependent on the person!
Whether you venture to a clinic for your first Reiki energy facial, have been getting them for years, or never intend to get one, promoting relaxation through plant-based foods is a great addition to your self-care regimen. While some foods are uppers or stimulators — think dark chocolate, caffeine, and healthy fats — others actually focus on bringing you back down to earth with seamless calm energy. Here are a few plant-based foods to either promote your Reiki experience or simply add to your self-care regimen.
This physically beautiful and wonderfully smelling plant also happens to be one of the best natural remedies to promote relaxation and de-stress. Research suggests that lavender oil “may be an effective medicament in treatment of several neurological disorders,” as well as traditionally used for its curative and therapeutic properties. How does it work? Lavender is a natural anxiolytic — anxiety reducer — and also has mood stabilizer, sedative, analgesic, and anticonvulsive and neuroprotective properties.
Plus, this is a wonderful ingredient to cook with!
After your Reiki energy facial, take a moment to sip on this warming Slow-Cooker Lavender Rose Hot Chocolate or this cooling Lemonade with a Calming Twist. Lavender is also a wonderful ingredient for dessert or sweet-treat recipes such as these Lavender Truffles, this No-Bake Lavender Fig Custard Tart, or this Blackberry Lemon Lavender Cheezecake. If you want to get really creative, try starting your day with some calming lavender, such as in this Berry Lavender Poached Pears with Granola!
When you think of green tea, most likely your mind goes directly to caffeine. While green tea is one of the best sources of non-coffee bean derived caffeine, it also happens to be an incredibly powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. On top of that, green tea has been shown to reduce anxiety due to “L-theanine, an amino acid that helps reduce stress and relaxes your mind and body.”
Sipping on simple green tea in the morning is a great way to get that boost of energy, while also promoting calm. With that said, another rich and wonderful source of L-theanine is matcha, the powder form of green tea. Matcha is also an easier ingredient to cook with such as in this Matcha Latte, these Matcha Berry Pancakes, of this matcha-based, magnesium-rich Blue Banana Smoothie.
If you’re new to the natural remedy world, one of the first plant-based foods you’ll soon hear more about is turmeric. This wonderful spice is derived from a root that is vibrantly orange, which is where the curcumin lives. What is curcumin you ask? This is the active agent within the turmeric root that gives it that natural orange color, as well as a host of healing properties, most notably, powerful anti-inflammatory agents. It’s due to these healing aspects that turmeric has been shown to help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, promoting calm and balance in the body.
Turmeric has a powerful earthy, slightly sweet, and rich nutty flavoring. It’s a great ingredient to use in traditional Indian recipes such as this Gingery Yellow Rice or this Indian Spiced Popcorn Cauliflower. With that said, turmeric can also be used in beverages — such as this Turmeric Smoothie or this Golden Banana Milkshake — to empower your breakfast — such as in this Tofu Scramble — or even to add a bit of anti-inflammatory relief to your dessert — such as in this Turmeric Ginger Ice Cream.
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