When you’re going to offer Reiki to people, whether it’s in an office space or in the comfort of your home or theirs, you’re going to need a few supplies. Some supplies are going to be specific to each type of Reiki session you give, be it a short or long session, in a professional or less formal setting. Some of the supplies will stay standard for any sort of Reiki you want to give on a more professional level.
To begin with, you’re going to need a space. This space can be a small cubicle office that you might rent in a spa or massage therapy office from another health practitioner. The space can be big enough for a massage table, and needs to allow you access to the head, feet and at least one side of the client or person you’re going to be working on. Remember all of your hand positions as well as the need for space for prayer, for setting intention into the room or space, and for doing Byosen scanning; keep these things in mind when considering the space you will require.
You will want both you and your client to be comfortable. Remember to wear clothing that suits your spiritual nature as well as helps you maintain a good comfort level while practicing healing on another person. You may feel sweaty if you wear too heavy of clothing in a small space. You may feel cold if you wear too light of clothing in an unheated space. Keep in mind where you will be and consider dressing in layers so you can remove or add on when the temperature changes. Let your client know that they will be climbing onto a massage table or sitting in a chair that leans back, so they can prepare and be comfortable as well. Let them know if you intend to remove their footwear for certain hand positions. Giving them warning helps them feel more relaxed when they arrive, so the healing can begin.
It’s important to set intention not only spiritually but also physically too. Do you want candles? Do you want incense? Or do you want a scent free environment? Do you want soothing and low lighting? Do you want music? Decide these things before you offer Reiki, so you can be prepared to do Reiki whenever you are called. You may want to make a Reiki duffle bag that contains some candles, some incense cones or sticks, and a ceramic or stone incense holder. You’ll want a lighter or matches that don’t give off a smell and overpower the good aromas you’re trying to create. You may want to include a lamp in your bag; there are many small colour changing and softly lit battery operated lamps that easily fit into a bag.
The Reiki Ready-t0-Go Bag
These are items you might include in a bag that you keep prepared by your doorway, for when you are called to do Reiki:
- A good canvas duffle bag that is water proof, slightly firm but also flexible, and light weight, with good supporting straps for the shoulder or good hand grips
- Candles. Two pillar candles or four taper candles will do. Be thoughtful of the size, scent and type of light candles give off before choosing which to put into your bag
- Candle holders. If your candles are pillars, small candle plates are best. If you are using tapers, choose taller candle holders and keep in mind that wax can stain. You don’t want to leave wax marks at a client’s house or in an office that isn’t yours.
- Incense cones or sticks. Be mindful of fire alarms and the sensitivity of sprinkler systems, as well as what is allowed in any indoor building in your city or province. Small wisps of smoke usually do not set off fire alarms but speak to the other professionals in an office before lighting them to see if it’s an accepted practice or welcomed at least.
- Incense holder. Try to choose a ceramic fire-proof holder that you can trust. Cones sit directly on the incense holder, unlike sticks, so the holder must be able to withstand the heat of an incense cone’s coal. Incense holders for sticks need to catch the ash or coal as it falls, so that no mess is left behind for others.
- Lighter or matches. Some matches give off a scent, as do some lighters when they are lit. Be mindful of how these might overpower the scent of other nicer things.
- Blankets. It’s been said that sometimes when people are getting healing Reiki energy, or having their chakras realigned or their chi lines cleared, they can take a chill. It’s important that a client be able to relax and feel as comfortable as possible while this is happening. Providing a blanket for over the table or chair is part of preparing a space, but also having a blanket to put over the client is nice too. Some healers like to wear a shawl or small shoulder blanket themselves to be comfortable. Blankets that are nice and soft are preferred, and it’s possible to wash them without fabric softener or overly fragrant detergents. The act of tucking a client’s blanket under their chin can be very comforting.
- The bed or table. Not every practitioner has to purchase a massage table. There are many alternatives, from dentist chairs to arm chairs to ‘lazy boy’ overstuffed rocking chairs to various mats that can be laid out on the floor to create a comfortable space for a client to rest. Remember that Reiki is a Japanese stress relief technique, so you’ll want to provide the chance for your client to feel as comfortable as possible; you want their bodies to be supported, their head and limbs supported, and for them to be able to relax and lay flat and straight as possible so they can receive the Reiki that is coming to them in the best and most relaxed state. Remember your hand positions and that you need to be able to access the head, the feet and at least one side of your client.
- Music. Setting the atmosphere of a room or space is critical. In order to provide the best and most relaxing space possible, you want to offer your client every chance to let go of their stress and their worries. Music can help take a person someplace else than where they are, which is what so many people need. The type of music you play for a client may change client to client, or may be specific to your style of spirituality and healing. You may enjoy drums from the Middle East, or the drumming from North American Indian powwows. You may prefer chanting or mantras with chimes or tones. You may purchase music that has a bell dinging every three to five minutes to help you remember when to change hand positions. Sometimes, natural sounds like ocean waves or bird or whale song can help transport a client to the place they need to go. Choose a good music that you feel comfortable with to put into your bag, but also consider creating a mix of songs that you can change according to the situation. Also keep in mind that a session can go from anywhere around thirty minutes to two hours, and you would hate to stop your healing or move a hand position because you have to adjust the music. Look for long playing melodies that transition smoothly from one song to the next.
- Accessories and Decorations. While the least of things you may want to put into your bag, having a few token items that draw you towards them spiritually can help YOU set the right intention for your healing. Keep in mind that you want to be able to feel comfortable, safe and welcomed in any space you are going to practice Reiki and healing. Having an icon such as a fertility goddess, or a chakra chart, or a small gong with chimes can help you feel more at home. The more relaxed and natural you feel, the easier it will be to channel Reiki for your client.
There are lots of different extras that can go into your bag, like posters and notes on hand positions and things that are poignant and symbolic to you or to your clients. Choose the items carefully and remember that if they go into your Reiki bag, they may not be available at a more permanent space. They become part of your Reiki travel package, and may only be used for certain clients.
Remember that everything that happens is supposed to happen, everything is exactly as it is meant to be – and it is good!