Laura Miner runs a treehouse-like Reiki studio in the Mission Bernal neighborhood of San Francisco. (The studio is outdoors and follows strong COVID protocols.)

The lush and leafy environment creates space for deep relaxation and support, and a heated massage table and cozy blankets make it an all-season experience.

WHAT TO EXPECT


 

GETTING HERE

Reiki Patio is in the Mission/Bernal neighborhood of SF, which is near the 24th St and Mission BART Station. You'll be given the exact address upon booking. 

INTAKE
Once you arrive, I'll buzz you into the gate and offer you hand sanitizer in the outdoor breezeway. I'll also take your temperature and blood oxygen level to insure safety for all clients. I'll be wearing two masks and require a mask from you as well.

Then we have a quick walk up an indoor stairway on our way to the outdoor Reiki Patio. On the patio there will be a stool for you to set your items on. Then you can take your shoes off and lie down on your back on the heated massage table. (Reiki is performed fully clothed, and sheets and blankets on top add to an extra cozy experience.)

From there, we’ll have a chat about what Reiki is and what you’d like to get out of the session. This might mean focusing on specific aches and pains, anxieties or depressions, or any other mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual issues. I’m not a trained talk therapist, so I’ll mostly listen during this time and do my best to integrate your needs into your session. Sometimes just saying things out loud can help you and your body focus on something in your session.

SESSION

My lineage of Reiki has taught us to place hands directly on the body to transfer Reiki energy. (Some lineages prefer to hover over the body.) I start at the bottom of the rib cage and go around the body, hovering over or skipping sensitive or personal areas. I cover the torso, hips, knees, ankles, heart, head, and neck in that order before having the client flip onto their back. Then I go from the back of the head to the shoulders, all of back, hover over tailbone, back of knees, and then bottom of feet. People generally feel either hot, cold, or vibration as I go through the different positions. Clients frequently mention that they “go somewhere else” which I take to mean that the body has gone into a deep relaxation state (parasympathetic system engaged) which is very nourishing to all body systems.

After all the positions, I do a quick energy clearing technique and then the session is over. I let you know and then bring a glass of water while you come back to Earth. My clients are usually deeply relaxed or feeling altered at this point. Everyone is a little different and a little similar in their reaction to the Reiki. At this point, I ask for any questions or comments about the session. I might also tell you any observations I made.

AFTER THE SESSION

I recommend drinking lots of water, eating nourishing food, and avoiding intoxicants for the rest of the day. Most people tend to sleep well and eliminate often after a session, and some people feel “sparkly” for up to a few days after. People sometimes notice transformations in their lives as well. I can’t explain this but it’s something I’ve seen over and over again!

 

WHEN TO COME BACK

Clients frequently ask me how often they should come back. I asked my mom (also an energy worker) about this and she said she generally suggests the following: “Ask the client to tune into their higher self / body / spirit guides / wisdom and ask it that question. Come back when it says to.” I thought this was a great answer.

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