Hands-on healing has been practiced for thousands of years. In the 1900's Mikao Usui from Japan embarked on a journey to discover how ancient hands-on healing worked. What he discovered led him to develop what we know today as Usui Reiki. The teaching has been passed down from teacher to student since that time.
During a Reiki session, you will lay down on a Reiki table fully clothed. The practitioner will lay their hands on or above your head and body generally around your energy centers which also roughly correspond to your endocrine system and your major organs. The ki (energy) flows through the practitioner and is made available for you. Your body to takes the ki and applies it where it is needed. Your body is wise and knows exactly where this energy is needed for your highest and best good. Reiki addresses the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical aspects of our bodies.
Reiki tends to be deeply relaxing, restful, and restorative. You may find yourself easily settling into the healing theta brain wave frequency (simi-awake/sleep dream state) during your session.
After the session, you may need a few moments to ground yourself. You may want to plan some time to rest after your first session before continuing about your daily tasks. I recommend drinking plenty of water, eating nourishing foods, and getting plenty of rest to allow the healing to integrate. Also, take a moment to thank yourself for making the time and commitment to care for yourself.