Let's Answer Your Questions

Let's Answer Your Questions

What is Reiki?


Reiki is a Japanese hands-on energy healing technique that involves the transfer of energy from the practitioner to the client, promoting relaxation and stress reduction.

What are the benefits of Reiki during pregnancy and birth?


Reiki promotes relaxation, reduces anxiety, and supports the natural birthing process. It can also help manage pain and provide a sense of calm and comfort during labor and delivery.

Can Reiki be used during labor and delivery?


Yes, Reiki is amazing during labor and delivery. It's an incredible pain reliever and many people make it through their labor with nothing but Reiki for pain relief. It can also help you stay relaxed and centered and keep the energy in your birth room calm.

Can Reiki help manage pain during labor?


Yes, Reiki is fantastic for pain relief of all kinds, including labor pain. Many people use only Reiki as pain relief during their births.

Can Reiki help me connect with my baby during pregnancy?


Yes, Reiki is a wonderful way for you and your partner to connect to your baby and their energy while they're in utero. Many birth partners have shared how amazing this part of the experience has been for them and how bonded they felt with their baby as soon as they were born.

How do I know if Reiki is right for me?


Reiki might be a good fit for you if you're interested in a natural, unmedicated, physiological birth. Even if you're planning a medicalized birth, Reiki is still a fantastic support in the OR and a great complement to other forms of pain relief including gas and air or epidurals. If you're planning a hypnobirth, Reiki is a perfect partner modality.

Can Reiki be used in conjunction with other pain management techniques during childbirth?


Yes, Reiki can be used in conjunction with other pain management techniques during childbirth, including hypnobirthing, visualization, breathing techniques, massage and medication.

Can I receive Reiki if I am having a high-risk pregnancy or complications?


Yes, in fact Reiki can be very helpful for high risk pregnancies. Maintaining a strong energetic balance in the body allows it to heal and function more optimally. Energy healing kept me pregnant while on bed rest from 31 weeks and I had a healthy baby born with no medical intervention at term, much to the surprise of my obstetrician.

Can Reiki help me recover after childbirth?


Yes, Reiki can help you recover after childbirth by promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and supporting your body's natural healing processes.

Can Reiki help me prepare for breastfeeding?


Yes. The relaxation and stress relief Reiki brings can help you feel more confident and comfortable with breastfeeding and have a positive impact on your milk supply.

I'm planning to have an epidural/C-Section, is there any benefit in me receiving Reiki?


Absolutely. I cover using Reiki when you're having medical interventions and/or a C-section (whether planned or unplanned) in the course. Reiki will help you stay calm and support the energy flow in your body so those interventions go as well as possible. The course also covers supporting ou during pregnancy and postpartum, so even if you don't want to use it during your birth, it will help you have a better pre- and post-birth experience, and help your partner feel connected to you, your baby and your birth. They can still have an important role even if there are doctors involved.

How many Reiki sessions will I need during my pregnancy and birth?


As many as possible! Reiki is incredibly beneficial during the perinatal period and regular Reiki will have a bigger impact. Weekly sessions are ideal, even better if your birth partner can give you Reiki every day.

Will Reiki interfere with my medical care or any medications I am taking?


No, there are no contraindications with Reiki so you can continue to take any medications and have any treatments your doctor suggests. Reiki does not interfere with medication in any way so it's safe to receive Reiki while undergoing any medical treatment or intervention.

How can I support my clients who are interested in receiving Reiki during childbirth?


The best way is to train in Reiki for Birth Workers so you can give them Reiki yourself. They'll get the maximum benefit and you'll have the biggest impact.

Is Reiki safe for pregnant people and their babies?


Yes, Reiki is safe for pregnant people and for babies. It's non-invasive and extremely gentle.

How long does a Reiki session last, and what should I expect during the session?


Sessions normally last an hour but they can be anywhere from 30-90 minutes. You'll lie down, fully clothed, either on your back or your side depending on how pregnant you are. Your practitioner will gently lay their hands on your body and channel energy into you. They won't touch any intimate or sensitive areas. You can expect to feel relaxed, calmer and lighter after a session.

How much does a Reiki session cost, and will my insurance cover it?


The cost of a Reiki treatment will vary depending on your location and the experience of the practitioner. Typically the cost will range from $60-$200 for an hour. Insurance rarely covers Reiki so check with your provider but expect to pay out of pocket.

Can I learn Reiki to use on myself during my pregnancy and birth?


You can, but it's much more powerful to receive it from someone else, so persuade your partner to take Reiki for Birth Partners.

Can my partner or support person participate in Reiki sessions with me?


You would usually receive a Reiki treatment alone, but if your partner takes Reiki for Birth Partners they'll be able to use Reiki to support you and you can have a shared Reiki journey together during your pregnancy and birth.

How do I find a qualified Reiki practitioner who specializes in pregnancy and childbirth?


I've trained hundreds of birth and Reiki professionals how to use Reiki effectively in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. If you'd like to find a professional in your area, email me and I'll connect you with someone local. Or you can ask your doula, midwife or birth partner to take a training with me and have your own expert on hand.

When is the best time to start receiving Reiki during pregnancy?


You can start receiving Reiki at any point during pregnancy, the sooner you start the better.

Are there any potential risks or contraindications for Reiki during pregnancy and childbirth?


There are no contraindications for Reiki during pregnancy and childbirth. However, my recommendation is not to give Reiki to the uterus during the first trimester. You can give it to other parts of the body safely during this time.

How can I integrate Reiki into my own practice as a birth professional?


The best way to incorporate Reiki into your own practice as a birth professional is to take Reiki for Birth Workers. You'll not only learn Reiki, you'll learn how to use it with maximum effect to address over 20 perinatal conditions and challenges so you can have the biggest impact possible for your clients and patients.

If you have any questions that aren't covered here, please email me at mitra@reikiforbirth.com and I'll answer them

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