Four sessions is a traditional recommendation and gives you time to evaluate what benefits you are receiving. Talk to your professional about the best way to space out sessions to fit your needs and schedule. The time for the sessions can be weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Or, simply, enter when you feel that “pull” of Reiki.
I encourage customers to rely on that pull (a, k, a. inner knowledge or intuition) because this part of us is also where we connect with the realm of energy healing, also known as Universal Life Force Energy or Reiki. If a person has suffered from a long-standing chronic illness, a session will not be able to provide maximum benefit. It will take several sessions and a commitment to healing.
I like to start with four sessions on consecutive days, or as close to consecutive days as possible, and then reassess the situation to see if weekly or monthly sessions would be more appropriate in the future. If it's a deep problem, you'll most likely recommend weekly sessions until healing is well advanced and the recipient feels well. While each person's Reiki experience is unique, as a practitioner I am always interested in learning and listening to clients' impressions of their sessions. Reiki is similar to sunbathing, since you don't need to be prepared for treatment or do anything during the session, just relax and enjoy.
Last week I received an email from someone who asked to receive four sessions once a week for a six-week period to help manage test anxiety. Once the healing process has reached a point where the recipient feels strong and well and is more relaxed and balanced, monthly sessions are usually effective in maintaining well-being. To answer the question, the practitioner will ask you why you are coming to do Reiki and what your intentions may be for your session. Similarly, Reiki sessions that are frequent and constant are better for you than occasional rare visits.
However, not everyone aspires to become a practitioner, so what is a reasonable number of sessions to experience the results you want? Reiki can be a subtle energetic work: the number of sessions varies greatly depending on the amount of time and experience the practitioner has. Most people can only tolerate one session in a day, but there is no maximum number of sessions. Although Reiki can never cause any harm, and I practice self-Reiki on a daily basis, and encourage all my students to do the same, four professional Reiki sessions each week for a period of six weeks are unnecessary. Average people need about twelve sessions, but some clients are different from others because they have developed immunity to energy and it takes longer for them to heal.
Regarding the topic of how many sessions to receive, it is generally helpful for the professional to understand the symptoms they are interested in addressing and if there is a chronic health condition, as well as whether they are receiving ongoing care in any way, traditional or holistic.