For today only I will let go of anger, let go of worry, live with gratitude, work hard on myself and be kind to all living creatures – Dr Mikao Usui

Frequently Asked Questions

We love getting questions at Evenstar Reiki Yarraville, so if there is anything that you’d like to know but you can’t see it here, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing modality.

Where does Reiki energy come from?

Rei” means Universe/ God/ Creation and “Ki” means Energy/ Power (in other traditions you may also hear Ki expressed as “Chi” or “Prana”). So Reiki is Universal Life Force Energy. This energy surrounds all of us all of the time.

Is Reiki a Religion?

Although the practice of Reiki is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. Practitioners and receivers do not need to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. Reiki can also be a way of life, should you choose to follow the 5 guidelines specified by Dr Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki. The 5 guidelines are: For today only I will (1) Live without Anger (2) Live without Fear (3) Live in Gratitude (4) Work Hard on Myself (5) Be kind to all Living Creatures.

How is a Reiki Healing & Chakra Balance treatment given?

Reiki Master Arwen will consult with you at the start of your session about what you want to achieve from the treatment. Generally the treatment is conducted with you lying on your back on a massage table. If this is not comfortable or appropriate then your treatment can be provided in an alternative position, even sitting up.  You do not need to remove any garments other than shoes during a Reiki treatment.

Essential oils will be used aromatically during your treatment, unless you request otherwise.  Reiki Master Arwen will also provide a complimentary essential oil consultation during your session.

A Chakra reading will be done at the start of your treatment to provide additional guidance as to what areas the session should focus on. The Chakras will be energized and balanced during the treatment.

After your treatment, Reiki Master Arwen will discuss her findings with you and provide further advice about how to enhance your wellbeing.

This consultation takes 1 hour.

Is Reiki a type of massage or similar to massage?

Reiki is NOT massage. There are a few similarities between reiki and massage: (1) you will be lying on a massage table (in most cases) (2) it is a healing modality (3) it is generally very relaxing. In all other respects Reiki is a very different way to improve your wellbeing than massage is – you will leave all your clothes on, Reiki Master Arwen will not necessarily be touching you during the treatment, emotional and psychological issues are much easier to treat directly with reiki.  Having said all of this, as you will see, at Evenstar Reiki Yarraville we do also offer Aromatherapy Massage.

What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

The experience of having a Reiki treatment varies a lot from person to person, and session to session. However, feelings of deep relaxation are very common. Occasionally, however, the sudden flow of energy may bring out intense emotional or even physical reactions in a client. Many people feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. Typically people will report feeling warmth, tingling, buzzing, a magnetic kind of drawing of negativity from the body and sometimes pressure, or even pain.  Reiki will enhance your ability to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings. Many people drift off into some level of sleep or report floating outside their bodies.  Some people have visions and other mystical experiences. Generally at the end of a Reiki session you will feel clearer, lighter and more balanced.

What should I do after my Reiki Healing & Chakra Balance consultation?

We would always recommend that you don’t plan to rush around doing 300 other things after your appointment!  It is ideal if you can take some time for yourself to perhaps start one of the Chakra balancing techniques that Reiki Master Arwen suggests for your situation eg. Going for a walk barefoot on the beach.  You should also make sure that you drink plenty of water for 24 hours after your session to help your system keep the energy moving and keep cleansing itself.

What can be treated with Reiki?

Reiki has a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. There is also a growing body of research demonstrating that Reiki can help to reduce the side effects of regular medical treatments such as chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression, as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. However, the reasons why Reiki works in this way are not yet clear. Almost everyone who undergoes a Reiki treatment will experience some level of stress reduction and improvement in their physical, spiritual and psychological wellbeing.

Do you only work on Chakras?

No. Reiki can be used on any part of the body. If you have a specific physical condition that you want to treat, Reiki Master Arwen will be likely to work directly in this area, as well as the relevant chakra. As reiki is especially good for dealing with emotional and psychological issues, Reiki Master Arwen will often do a lot of work around your head if you are seeking treatment for this sort of reason.

Can I stop seeing a medical doctor or psychologist, or taking my medication when receiving Reiki Healing & Chakra Balance?

No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care, and will improve the results. If Reiki Master Arwen feels it is appropriate to refer you to another health practitioner she will do so.

How many treatments will I need?

There is no definitive answer to this question. It will be largely dependent on what your symptoms are, how much you want to be healed, what resources you have available for the healing to occur (inner self, other people, money), and how willing you are to participate in the healing process.  Reiki Master Arwen will discuss further treatments with you and other things you can do to heal yourself at the end of each consultation.

I have heard that Reiki can be sent to others at a distance. How does this work?

Reiki can be used to heal in a different time or place. Reiki Master Arwen offers Distance Reiki for yourself or a loved one (animals too!) no matter where they are. Distance Reiki can also help to heal a past situation or manifest the future you desire.  This works because Reiki is Universal Energy that surrounds all of us all the time, so it can be ‘conducted’ to anywhere.  Reiki Master Arwen will need a picture or a description of the person that the Reiki needs to be sent to and it is best to make a specific time to do the Distance Reiki.

What is lineage?

Reiki is a technique that is passed on from teacher to student over and over, so every Reiki practitioner is part of a succession of teachers leading back to the founder of the system of Reiki one is practicing. Reiki Master Arwen practices the Usui system of Reiki and both of her Master Teachers have a lineage back to Dr Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki.

These are her lineages:

First –

Dr Mikao Usui sensei

  • Dr Chujiro Hayashi,
  • Mrs Hawayo Takata,
  • Denise Da Tayna
  • Russell Carlon
  • Geoff Favaloro
  • Erik Teichmann

Second –

Dr Mikao Usui

  • Dr Chujiro Hayashi
  • Mrs Hawayo Takata
  • Iris Ishikura
  • Arthur Robertson
  • Dianne McCumber/Marlene Schilke
  • William Lee Rand
  • Christine Cobden
  • Jason Irving
  • Krista Jane Hoffs/ Anthony Salerno
  • Michelle Bean
  • Janine Barron