Many people associate Reiki as being only for adults; however, children can also benefit from receiving and/or learning Reiki. Parents that have learned Reiki use it to help their children relax, focus, recover from surgery and other traumas, and improve their grades.
Let’s start with Reiki and babies. Nurses practicing Reiki in neonatal intensive care units in hospitals in the United States and Canada provide short Reiki sessions to preemies struggling to survive. The hands-on or above their body helps the preemies on all levels as they strive to gain weight and to breathe on their own. Reiki also helps the parents to relax as they undergo this stressful situation. As the baby returns home, Reiki is good to help soothe a colicky or fuzzy baby or one that just does not want to sleep. It is also good to do Reiki over the area where the baby received his or her shots.
Reiki can be done while holding the baby and just letting it flow wherever it is needed. You can hold the baby’s pillow, blanket, or stuffed animal and send Reiki into it, giving the baby a source of energy while they sleep. In the right amount (not more than 10 minutes for a baby), Reiki is great in helping the baby acclimate to the new world they are living in. It is helpful for the new mother to receive Reiki to support her to deal with the changes and added stress as well as the hormonal fluctuations.
Reiki for toddlers and school-aged children helps to accelerate the healing process for all the bumps and bruises as well as more serious conditions such as illness or broken bones. Since children are relatively new to the world, it takes less energy to have an effect on the body. They do not have preconceived ideas of whether healing is or is not going to happen and their openness allows the energy to work more quickly. Therefore, 10 to 20 minute sessions are all that is needed. Otherwise, the child could become hyper. Giving Reiki to a toddler may consist of having them sit on your lap and receive a treatment while they watch a video. Or having them lie on a table or sit in a chair with their favorite book while you do a short session. After the toddler stage the child can lie down on the table while you do a session. Music or a video can be used, if needed. Children will sometimes open up and talk about what is on their mind during a session. They might also discuss seeing colors around their body.
Teenagers benefit from Reiki as they go through the many changes caused by their hormones that have become more active. Reiki helps them to deal with stress, find balance in their changing body, and find clarity while studying for and taking tests. It also helps balance and calm the emotions when they are stuck in anxiety and or depression. Some teenagers are very open to receiving Reiki. Others are not all that excited about it. Those teenagers that are not excited about a session can lie on the table with their iPod in their ear and tune out. Reiki sessions on teenagers last between 30 to 50 minutes.
Reiki classes for children are offered around the world. These classes typical are for ages 7-14 and are usually shorter in length. The children are taught what Reiki is and how to use it. They are attuned to Reiki and have the opportunity to practice on themselves and on another child. It is really amazing to hear what comes out of their mouths when they begin to practice Reiki. On many occasions the children talk about seeing auras, colors, or light. Some children feel and sense heat or cold when working on another person. Children usually are more open and sensitive and the feedback that they provide is honest and heartwarming such as “Reiki feels like a big hug that lasts a very long time.”
Reiki provides a variety of benefits for children, especially those that have many challenges. As Reiki balances the body’s energy, pain levels are reduced, healing is promoted, and the side effects of chemo and radiation treatments as well as other toxic drug treatments are decreased. Children feel the loving effects of Reiki and respond with a smile when it is offered.