Should a Reiki session be silent or should you talk instead? Well, both from the point of view of the practitioner and the client, this can be entirely a matter of personal choice. There are advantages and disadvantages to each version. Read on and see how you feel about the different possibilities.
Of course, some practitioners prefer total silence, with he exception perhaps of calming music in the background, which they may or may not ask you if you wish to have on. If they do not give you a choice about music, it may well be because their clinic or therapy room would be too noisy with some background noise or other. However, if you too prefer total silence and for you, that also includes music, you can ask for the music to be turned off, and that should be OK with the practitioner.
The silent Reiki Practitioner may go into a deep meditative state from which she or he does not wish to be disturbed, and that may be the best way that this practitioner can allow the Reiki to be channeled through them. Other reasons for practitioner to prefer silence is a mistaken belief that silence is very important. Or it could be that the practitioner is simply a beautician that does Reiki as an extra service to nails and waxing and is not interested in deep spiritual healing. The same of course can be said about a Reiki practitioner that chats outside of the healing realm throughout the session. Some practitioners get bored holding heir hands in various positions and feel the need to talk about totally unrelated things instead. This way, they are probably best distracted by chatter in order to allow the Reiki to flow through them. This may or may not be disruptive for the client. And lastly, there is he gifted or experienced Reiki practitioner who is silent unless spoken to, and until she or he finds an energy disruption where it is felt that you can benefit from being more proactive. This can greatly speed up the healing process in a gentle manner. It actually is so powerful that it is now being borrowed by other methods, which are developing methods of spiritual or hands-on healing that involve their usual talking energy-based methods. They are even laying claim to the discovery of such a healing modality, and it is no different to an interactive Reiki session. In my thinking, that clearly illustrates the advantage of some talk to empower the client and help them release and relax better.
A silent Reiki session is exactly that. The Reiki practitioner only speaks to you if for example, it is required for you to turn over. A good talking Reiki session would be silent until the practitioner senses an energy disruption in your energy field somewhere and then encourages you to talk about what may be causing it. The mixture of energy healing with talking about what bothers you is very powerful in releasing your emotional, spiritual, or physical pain.
For example, I was silently channeling healing to a client who had had a miscarriage. Her heart chakra felt of a very different and uneven energy to the rest of her body. When I gently pointed this out to her, she started talking freely about her grief for the first time ever. I then kept my hands on her until she had reached a point of calm. I finished the session in silence as she slept deeply. Upon awakening, she reported that something felt different in a very positive way. This session released a heavy burden for her. She reported feeling much better since.
Any good experienced Reiki practitioner would check with you when taking your client history and details if you prefer the silent or talking kind of session. They would carry out whichever you prefer.
If you are seeking Reiki sessions with a practitioner, now you are better informed about the possibilities available to you. And so you can ask the practitioners you contact if they are happy to carry out the version you prefer. Then you can decide which practitioner is more suited to your needs in this respect.