You don’t need to be in a state of perfect health and perfect inner calm in order to give Reiki. I only avoid doing Reiki when I’m in a state in which I would also avoid going to teach English: if I’m physically unwell or if I’m too exhausted to give my English class or the Reiki session the presence of mind that they deserve. But whether I’m feeling bright and bubbling with energy, or feeling ‘just okay’, it always helps to have prepared well for a session.
Prepare a physical space in which you will be free from distractions. Ideally this would be a dedicated healing room, but it could be your living room or even a bedroom. Eliminate clutter as much as possible, set phones to silent, and prepare music and incense if that will help you and the client ease into a peaceful and open state.
Prepare a mat or massage table for the client. Spread a clean cover on it, and have a pillow ready to support the head. Many people also like to have a small cushion under the knees, to reduce pressure on the hips. When the client lays face-down, you can place this cushion under the ankles.
Have a blanket ready to put on the client if she gets cold. Drinking plenty of fresh water can support the healing process, so have enough ready for the client and yourself.
Last, prepare yourself. Before the client arrives, give yourself ten minutes or more to practice Reiki, to do some stretches, or to meditate. Doing this will help you be centered, and will give you insight into what is currently going on for you. Ideally you will let go of all of this before meeting the client, but that is not always what actually happens.
If it’s the first time that the client has received Reiki, explain that she are going to lie down, close her eyes, and relax. Emphasise that being comfortable is important, and so she should adjust her body position at any time.
While it is possible to talk with the client during the treatment, normally silence is better, as the client can use talking to try to avoid actually processing the emotions for herself. When the session is over you can talk about what you felt was happening in terms of the healing, and ask the client for her thoughts and experience.