Adapting Reiki sessions for children
Over the past year I have seen an increase in the number of children coming for Reiki healing. From youngsters on the autism spectrum through to teenagers with a mix of issues (unsettled hormones, exam stress, friendship issues, to name a few), the calming practice of Reiki can benefit children by promoting relaxation and confidence.
Childhood ailments such as ear infections, respiratory infections, asthma, and tummy upsets are common place. Children today are also dealing with complex mental health and emotional issues - anxieties, fears, bullying, lack of self esteem, low confidence, addictions (drugs, devices) compulsive disorders, peer and educational pressures, lack of sleep... I could go on and on.
Reiki has been helpful in the treatment of all of these. As Reiki works on all levels of the body-physical, mental/emotional and spiritual, the body will be able to use the energy to find balance in its own way. It will adjust to the moment and the needs of the individual. Because Reiki is balancing, it can be of benefit regardless of the type of “disorder” and can provide soothing moments for parents and kids alike.
Reiki treatments are safe and non-invasive, and you can be flexible with your approach:
One little boy brings a different soft toy every session, and eagerly lays down on the couch with a fleecy blanket. We play Disney songs - 'Can you feel the love tonight?' is a joint favourite, the energy when this song comes on it is wonderful! He likes to feel the warmth of my hands on his tummy as he finds it comforting and soothing. His session is always early Saturday evening as he then goes home to snuggle on the sofa to watch Strictly, its all part of his Saturday night treat, so lovely!
The length of session depends on each individual child. Younger ones maybe enjoy 20 mins. Teenagers can typically settle for longer and can enjoy 45 minutes. And every session can be further tailored to what best for your child - favourite songs, special teddy bears, though to maybe an Indian Head Massage first for teenagers, like a mini spa sesh!
Parents are encouraged to learn Reiki Level 1 (1st degree) so their child can receive treatments. This is a 1 day course and concentrates on self healing and healing of immediate family members. In some cases children themselves are learning Reiki, my 8 year old son loves meditation and sound therapy, Reiki is a natural progression in his self healing.
So, if you are looking for ways to promote relaxation and inner balance for your child its worthwhile giving Reiki a go, I offer free consultations and Reiki taster sessions for children so get in touch for more information.