Reiki Consent: Can I touch You?
Hello folks new and old ::waves:: this post is part of a Reiki Blog Hop and I’m pretty excited to be a part of it the second time around! Karen Sealey of The Pure and Blessed Way is the one that wrangled it all together this time around. The topic of the hop is consent. I decided that for consent I really wanted to talk about asking permission to touch.
I’ve had Reiki training with 4 different Reiki Masters and all of them taught touch Reiki instead of hover Reiki. I prefer touch Reiki because it allows person to person contact which I feel is part of what makes Reiki so healing. Humans don’t get enough touch and touch Reiki is really soothing for those that need it. But for those that don’t like to be touched for whatever reason, it can cause anxiety, the total opposite of what we are trying to achieve with Reiki. That is why I feel asking for permission before touch Reiki is so important, especially if it is someone new.
One thing I really appreciate about my first Reiki teacher is that he emphasised asking permission to touch before placing your hands on someone (also explaining that nothing inappropriate will be touched). Many of us are taught to explain where our hands will be in a session and make sure the client is okay with that and adjust accordingly. Some people don’t like their throats touched so we hover over instead of touch. We ask before we touch so the client is the most comfortable they can be. If they say no touch, we hover the whole session. It’s what we do to make the space safe for our clients. Even at Reiki shares I make sure to ask anyone new or I don’t know if they are okay with being touched.
You never know what someone’s life experience is. If someone is uncomfortable with touch, don’t try and force it on them. You can try to explain to them why touch is better (if that’s how you feel), but ultimately it’s the client’s decision and you should always ask before placing your hands on someone. Better yet, ask on your consent form if they are sensitive to touch, then ask directly again before the session. Two point permission is better than one.
What are your feelings on touch consent? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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