In this article I'm going to talk about a number of ways on how to explain Reiki to children.
As the popularity of Reiki grows, many people are becoming interested in it as an alternative therapy for reducing stress, anxiety and physical pain.
Although it is becoming accepted in modern society, it can still be difficult to explain exactly what it is and how it works. This is especially true when trying to explain it to adults, however, if we find a way of explaining Reiki to children, these explanations can then be used with grown-ups.
Children have a unique ability of seeing the world in an uncomplicated way. They have curious minds and tend to be more open to accepting concepts that can’t be answered in a logical manner.
Children love to be part of the learning process. They love to use their imaginations and let their minds take them on a visual journey. Using interactive teaching methods can be a wonderful way of helping them understand new ideas and conceptions.
Lets take a look at some great ways in which Reiki can be explained to children:
1. Allowing Them To Experience It For Themselves
I have found that one of the most effective ways in teaching a child about Reiki is by simply allowing them to experience it for themselves. Talk them through the process of how a Reiki treatment is carried out (treatment area, hand placements, what they will feel) and then let them feel the warmth of the healing as you perform Reiki on them. You could also ask them what they feel and then let them explain the experience in their own words.
2. Through Art – Drawing and Sketching
Art is extremely relatable to children. They can draw exactly what comes out of their imaginations. Most of us can most probably remember drawing a picture of our family and home when we were small children, and you can do the same with Reiki. After explaining what they will feel during a Reiki treatment and also allowing them to experience it for themselves, you can ask them to draw or paint what they felt and then answer any further questions they ask.
3. Give Them A Tour Of The Reiki Treatment Space
Show the curious child the area in which you perform Reiki and explain what each item is used for (candles, massage table, pillow for under the knees, eye pillow, essential oil diffuser). By showing them the space, this can once again strengthen their understanding of what Reiki is used to help (tiredness, sadness, pain).
4. Let Them Practice Reiki On You
By giving children the responsibility of carrying out a Reiki treatment on you, you show them that they also have the ability to give Reiki too. This is a great way of getting them involved and it will also build their confidence. You could also ask them some questions on what Reiki is and hear their answers. Because children have such amazing imaginations; I can guarantee than you’ll learn a lot from their replies!
Before I perform Reiki on my adult clients, I always send them a link to articles on my website so they can read about what Reiki is and what to expect during their treatment. However, if they still have questions, I answer them briefly but I always explain that the best way of learning about Reiki is to experience it.
Like a lot of things in life, experiencing something can be more valuable than simply reading about it. Think back to when you first had Reiki and how you felt afterwards.
As long as you make your clients feel comfortable and safe, having a Reiki treatment will teach them all that they need to know about the benefits and advantages of making this alternative therapy as part of their lives.
If you would like to learn more about Reiki and experience it for yourself, you can book a 30-minute Express Reiki treatment here and a 60-minute Reiki treatment here.
With love and gratitude,