Now that most of the world has imposed lockdowns and Reiki healing is essentially outlawed, it is imperative that we get online. But don't worry, distance healing works wonderfully as we know, and online healing is no different. You will surprise and delight both yourself and your client.
If you are not Reiki Level 2, then this doesn't apply to you - as the critical component in distance healing is knowing the technique using the symbols. If you are considering distance healing but are not sure if it even works, then you are being given the perfect opportunity to test it out!
My own online experience began decades ago through my coaching. I was offering telephone coaching (before the days of online teleconferencing) and found that not only was it super convenient, but I was also picking up on nuances in the energy that were different from my face to face interactions. In face to face coaching you are trained to pick up on visual cues - body language, but on the phone I noticed I was feeling emotions directly and they were much more accurate for me. As I moved into offering distance Reiki healing, the same thing happened, but an even deeper layer of energetic information opened up.
If you are intuitive in your healing generally, you will notice the same thing, in fact I find the lack of distraction of not having the physical energy to contend with makes seeing the energetic layers even easier. The process is very similar to your face to face healing, I call the client (I prefer video chat on skype or zoom) and we have a quick intro chat - what are their experiences with Reiki, what would they like from the session, any information I should know? If clients don't give me much information, then I don't hold anything in my intention apart from their own healing to be to their highest good. If they are holding an intention themselves then I hold it with them and will verbalise any energetic information I get. In this way some of my healing sessions are silent, and some have a lot of talking and interaction. My face to face sessions are exactly the same.
After the brief chat I will let them know I am 'tuning into them' for the Reiki healing, this is simply to get permission to begin sending them Reiki, but it doesn't mean the conversation has to end. For me when I begin to use symbols and connect with the client I can feel the Reiki flow through my hands and I have noticed the Reiki flow modulates as we continue to talk. This is something I encourage you to experiment with, as often when the client says something significant, the Reiki will respond and your hands will light up like a Christmas tree.
As you continue to interact verbally with your client, see if you can be mindful of your hands and the Reiki connection, this may mean you slow down your conversation. At this stage I often notice the client will say something and I will wait before I respond, sometimes I get a random sounding question come up, sometimes something will wave frantic red flags at me, it can be very interesting and bizarre what happens once we both tune into the Reiki flow together.
You may notice after a further 10 to 15 minutes the conversation quietens down, do try to encourage this deepening as the chit chat can often distract you from these deeper moments of insight. As you enter a deeper communion with your client you can ask internally for insights into the client's intention. I use a visualisation technique, and I often turn off my camera or ask the client to lie down as we move into the healing so as not to be distracted - but still be connected via audio so that I can continue to ask questions or make suggestions.
If you prefer to do Reiki healing silently then you could ask your client to play some soothing music for themselves and you will keep time for them. You then continue to send Reiki to them for a further 30-40 minutes depending on the time your session is. I keep my sessions to an hour to include conversation, healing, and wrap up.
If you are using an intuitive approach then visualising the person in your mind and asking for guidance around their intention and holding a very open mind can bring in answers for your client. However I do caution against this unless you are already using this approach. Reiki is not innately intuitive as a modality, so unless you have already had some intuitive healing training, don't assume your insights are accurate. But if you are already intuitive in your face to face interactions, then you will find it quite easy to translate this intuition into the online arena.
About 5-10 minutes before the hour session is complete I will rouse the client and ask them how they are feeling, we may discuss the treatment and what they felt, or any insights they had. As with a face to face session I will instruct them to drink plenty of water, and also give them a detox list such as minor emotional or physical releases that may occur. The distance healing creates the exact same results as a face to face healing. I also charge exactly the same as the impact is identical.
I hope my tips are helpful and encourage you to experiment, and remember I am always available for one on one coaching! Going online may feel daunting but you will be surprised at how this dimension of healing will help you open up to deeper, more subtle nuances of energy. Your hands will become stronger antennae, your mind will slow down as it needs to be mindful of more subtle flow, and you will see for yourself that distance collapses and time and space becomes yet another concept of thinking. It is a profound discovery for both yourself, and your client.