Christian | Standing Stones Healing Co.
We all know that Reiki is powerful and helpful, and the same applies to distance Reiki. But you might be wondering how to offer impactful and meaningful distance sessions. After years of serving hundreds of distance clients with sessions both over the phone and online, here is what I've learned...
1. Make Scheduling Easy.
A Reiki session starts before the session starts, and that includes with the scheduling process. The more convenient and streamlined the scheduling is, the better it is for both you and the client. Simplify the process by using automatic scheduling software, such as Calendly, Appointlet, or Square. This eliminates the back-and-forth of trying to determine an appointment time and creates a smoother experience. Doing this one simple thing will make your client's life and your life a lot easier.
2. Offer Live Sessions.
While distant sessions where Reiki is sent without live interaction are still effective, I highly recommend conducting live sessions. Live sessions allow you to set aside a specific time for the client and offer undivided attention. It also demonstrates a higher level of commitment from both the client and practitioner, fostering a deeper connection and enhancing the session's impact. You can conduct live sessions over Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Skype, or even over the phone.
3. Explain What to Expect.
Before starting the session, take the time to connect with your client and explain the process. This is especially important for new clients or those new to Reiki. Providing a clear understanding of what will happen during the session empowers the client, reduces anxiety, and allows them to feel in control. It sets a positive tone for the session and helps them relax and feel comfortable.
4. Connect with the Client.
Establishing a connection with your client is important for any Reiki session, including distant sessions. We always want to make sure that clients feel seen, heard, and understood. Doing this in a distance session may take a little more effort, but it's no less important. Have a chat before the session to get a sense of where they are, why they set the appointment, and what they hope to achieve. This not only helps you tailor the session to their specific needs, but also creates a sense of trust and comfort between you and the client.
5. Give the Client Choice.
During the session, give your client the freedom to make choices, including about their level of participation. I encourage letting them decide whether they want their camera on or off or if they prefer to be muted or unmuted. Granting them agency and control helps them feel respected and empowered. Whether it's having them choose the background music or whether to sit or lay down, giving the client choices, even small ones, empowers and honors them.
6. Consider Music Settings.
If you incorporate music into your distant Reiki sessions, make sure it sounds clear and uninterrupted. This can be tricky on Zoom, which will garble and mute outside sounds like music. When using Zoom, select the setting to share computer sound or enable "original sound" to prevent distortion. One method is to play music through your phone while having the original sound turned on during the session. This way the music comes through clear and the client isn't distracted by strange sounds that are supposed to be music.
7. Have a Routine Closing.
I encourage having an established way to close your sessions for a couple of reasons. First, it helps you to feel more comfortable and confident knowing how you will end the session. This eliminates the awkwardness of navigating a goodbye. Second it helps the client to feel more comfortable, too.
Treat the session as a self-contained event with a clear beginning and end. After sending Reiki, offer any messages or insights you received for the client (if it's part of your practice) if this is ok with the client. Allow them to share their experiences and ask questions, which is more important than anything we as the practitioner might want to share. As a card reader, I personally offer to pull a card for encouragement. Finally, I recommend asking if there is anything else you can do for them to give them the opportunity to ask any questions or express any experiences or concerns they may have forgotten or weren't sure about mentioning before.
8. Follow Up after the Session.
I encourage following up after the session to check on the client and their experience and to thank them for meeting with you. I suggest mentioning right at the end of the session that you'll follow up so clients again know what to expect. This email can include an invitation to leave a review and reassurances that you are available to address any further questions or concerns.
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