Reiki for Kids!

Over the years, I've had a number of parents and caregivers bring children in for Reiki. They are usually clients or students themselves first, and after seeing just how healing and beneficial Reiki is, bring their children in to receive Reiki treatments too.

Often these kids have been given a diagnosis of ADHD, cancer, a developmental delay or learning disability (receiving a diagnosis and living with it can be hard in itself). What I always notice is that these children are some of the most amazing people I've met. And, their Reiki treatments are some of the most fun and amazing ones I've given!

Can Children Learn Reiki?

While children under 13 are too young to learn and be attuned to Reiki themselves, they make excellent candidates for receiving Reiki treatments. I've heard many of my students and other Reiki practitioners mention that they'd like to give Reiki to their children but they are too rambunctious, have too little patience or attention to receive a Reiki treatment. So here are a few things that I do when giving Reiki to kids:

1. Time goes out the window

Children are sponges. They only need to hear some things once and they will remember them for life. They readily sense healing and often readily absorb it. If you're used to giving hour-long sessions, try 30 minutes, or 20, or just start with 10 and go from there.

2. Simplify Hand Positions

Toddlers' and young children's bodies are small, so standard hand positions may do double duty. Front of the face and side of the face may be merged, as can solar plexus and tummy. Don't worry about form as much as connection. The happier the child, the bigger the smile, the more laughter, the more contentment, the more they will relax, release and receive the  healing.

3. Connect

Children may not be used to having an adult work on them on a table. If they have, it's usually been with gloved hands, cold stethoscopes, directives to sit still and sadly, injections. Establish rapport. Allow them to talk if they want to. Be interested in their lives and get them to feel happy and comfortable.

4. Communicate

Children are young and open. Often they are told to sit still, behave, pay attention, be quiet and even grow up! Ask them questions. A simple, "how does this feel?" can go a long way. When you sense the energy in the Reiki treatment, even just colours, communicate what you sense with them. Have them visualize coloured lights enveloping them like soft blankets or bubbles of protection. Not only will it help make the time on the table more exciting, you will be helping them see that it's okay to sense things that most grown ups dismiss.

5. Toys!

When a child comes into my healing studio, I immediately put on a bit of happier, more upbeat music, and bring out the tray of crystals. I ask them if they'd like to include crystals in their treatment and if they say yes, I ask them to select a few that they like the best. Kids intuitively sense what they like and what feels good. They often even know when the crystals are done - and hand them to me telling me so! If your child has a special toy - a stuffed animal or doll - that they love, invite their toy into the Reiki treatment. Often children will feel safer with these happy companions by their side.

6. Don't sit still

Adults are sitting most of the day. Kids, on the other hand like to move about. If the child is restless during Reiki, it could mean that they sense they need a good release. I always go with the flow. I will often ask them if we can do some movements, and then take their arms or legs and shake them about, or give them a side to side swing. Sometimes I get them to open their mouth and make noise with me. This often ends with smiles and big belly laughter!

7. Hugs and Cuddles

When it comes to our kids, Reiki doesn't have to be given formally. Often I will feel the energy coming out of my hands when I am cuddling up with or hugging my niece or nephew. They love it so much at bedtime and when reading books together. In fact, I often get the biggest hugs from them! So if you have learned Reiki and wish to share it with your kids, give them lots of hugs and spend time cuddling, watching TV or reading together. 

8. Boo-Boos!

Don't forget it's often our first instinct when a child has an injury, to place our hands over the affected area. Spot healing works wonders with children, so even if it's not a full healing, your child will benefit from the energy and attention on just one spot that needs attention the most!

What About Teens?

The above are just some of the ways I approach Reiki for young kids. For older kids and teenagers, privacy is often really important to them. We always make sure they know that I'm not talking about anything confidential outside their session. If there are things they wish to communicate to their parents but don't know how, I often model and we role play so that they can listen and talk to their parents from a supported and empowered place.

No matter whether you are giving Reiki to a child or sending your child for Reiki, it is a wonderful gift for them and helps with their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and development.

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