Self Healing

Reiki Self Healing

Reiki – Spiritually Guided Life Force

Reiki is a form of healing energy that comes from the universe. While its use in its current form comes from the modern age, Reiki energy is as old as the universe itself.

Reiki is a form of hands-on healing energy that can also be sent to people, places, objects, animals, and situations across distances of space and time.

To use Reiki, practitioners must be attuned to the energy so it flows freely from them to others. While you can learn the basics, hand positions, and history of Reiki, until you are attuned to the energy, you will not be able to perform hands-on or distance Reiki healing. Reiki practitioners can be attuned to three or four levels (depending on the Reiki master), Level 1 (hands-on), Level 2 (distance healing) and Level 3/Level 4 (Reiki master/teacher – shinpiden). Only Reiki masters can provide attunements to the different Reiki levels, either in person or via a distance attunement.

While many use Reiki to bring about physical healing, it is also a spiritual practice and discipline that can help both practitioners and subjects gain wisdom, increase awareness, and experience insight about the greater truths of the universe

Takata Sensei always taught her students to start their healing practice with themselves, providing Reiki self-treatments daily. Before you can help others to heal, you must first heal yourself. Even if you only have five minutes per day, use that time to place your hands on yourself and allow the Reiki energy to flow. This will not only help you master the skills needed for Reiki, but it will help to keep your energy flowing freely and improve the health of your body, mind, and spirit

Whenever possible, perform a full Reiki self-treatment, which includes 16 hand positions. Hold each hand position for three to five minutes. This is why Reiki is a discipline – because to help others heal you must have the discipline to put in the time and practice to heal yourself.

Think about Reiki self-healing sessions as just another form of personal hygiene – like bathing or brushing your teeth. When you combine it with daily meditation, you’ll find you can make Reiki a part of your daily life, no matter how busy you are.

Consider the following:
• Practice Reiki while you watch TV.
• Give Reiki to your food and water for a minute or two before you eat or drink it.
• Practice Reiki with one hand while you’re reading or driving.
• Give yourself Reiki as you drift off to sleep.

Guidelines for giving yourself a Reiki treatment

Create your space, feeling comfortable, removing watches, glass or jewellery, ground yourself, tune into Reiki and say a prayer and intend that the treatment is for your own highest good.

For the treatment itself you should take a few moments to prepare yourself energetically and mentally. You might wish to spend a few minutes doing the aura cleansing technique. Alternatively you can simply carry out another simple grounding exercise by imagining your feet firmly rooted to the floor and feeling your connection with the planet (it doesn’t matter if you live on the fifth floor of a block of flats as energy follows thought).

Then imagine a beam of light extending from your heart chakra down your spine, out of your body and all the way down into the earth, going all the way down into the very centre of Mother Earth. Feel or imagine that energy anchoring down in the centre of the Earth and bring it all the way back up into your heart chakra and feel the grounding energy coming up into your body. Then, imagine or see a beam of light extending from your heart chakra up your spine and out the top of your crown chakra, up through the ceiling, up through the rest of the building and then out through the sky and the Earth’s atmosphere and out into the Universe. Then intend to connect with the Highest Source of Reiki, feel  or imagine and then intend the connection and allow the Reiki energy to come back down your beam of light and into your heart chakra and allow it to mix with the grounding energy.

Then, you might like to say a prayer and/or call upon the assistance of Dr. Usui, Dr. Hayashi, Hawayo Takata and other high level Reiki guides.. Then feeling grounded, protected and connected with Reiki you can begin the treatment

Remember to keep your fingers together to focus your energy.  Lay on your hands lightly without pressure, staying in each position for one to five minutes or whatever feels right for you.  Keep your legs and arms uncrossed to ensure the free flow of the energy.

During the treatment, no particular conscious effort has to be made. You have already intended that the treatment is for your own highest good and you can just repeat this intention throughout the treatment. If your mind wanders off, then just bring it back gently to the present sensations in your body.

End every full body self-treatment on your feet to ensure you are grounded and back with the programme. You can brush your aura again from head to feet to seal the energy.  Massage your feet; take a few gentle, deep breaths and stretch.  Wait at least ten minutes before you drive a vehicle or work machinery.

There are no rights and wrongs here, but I would recommend trying to practice Reiki on yourself every day. If you don’t have time to carry out a full treatment, then work out ways that you can encompass a self-treatment into your life. You don’t have to do all the hand positions or spend 3 minutes in each position.

As a minimum and easy/effective solution, I would suggest five to ten minutes of Chakra Balancing (see below) in the morning after waking up and/or at night before falling asleep. This is actually pretty easy to achieve once you get into the swing of it.

Regular self-treatment with Reiki is a wonderful way to help you on your spiritual and/or life path and in doing so you build and maintain a healthy relationship with yourself:

– Through experiencing the body as what it is – a network of energy and intelligence.

– Through paying attention to subtle sensations in the body and so quietening the ripples on the surface of the mind.

– Through bringing healing to all aspects of your being – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual (healing = becoming whole).

– Through conscious experience of the connection with your Source (Rei).

– Through fostering intuition and honesty with yourself based on self-acceptance.

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Hand Positions

For a standard treatment

During a Reiki standard treatment, the receiver is lying down, first on their back, then on their front.  A full standard treatment may take anywhere between 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the requirement and the method of working.

The front of the body

From behind the head:

1)  Cover eyes and cheeks, Third Eye Chakra

2)  Cover temples and jawbones

3)  The back of their head rests in your hands, Third Eye & Crown Chakra

4)  Hold your hands above the throat area, Throat Chakra

From the side:                       

5)  Upper chest, Heart Chakra

6)  Lower chest, solar Plexus Chakra

7)  Abdomen, Sacral Chakra

8)  Lower abdomen, pubic bone, Root Chakra

9)  The knees

The back of the body

From behind the head:

10)  The crown, Crown Chakra

11)  Neck and upper shoulders, Throat Chakra

From the side:                       

12)  Shoulder blades, Heart Chakra

13)  Lower lungs & kidneys, Solar Plexus Chakra

14)  Lower back, sacrum, Sacral Chakra

15)  Coccyx, Root Chakra

16)  The back of the knees

The receiver lying on their back again

17)  The ankles.

18)  Top and bottom of the feet.

Balancing the Chakras

This can be done on the front of the body or from the side (working with others)

Simply intend to balance your (or the recipient’s) chakras and then place your hands on the appropriate pairings of chakras as follows:

1. Balance the Root Chakra with the Crown Chakra.

2. Balance the Sacral Chakra with the Third Eye Chakra.

3. Balance the Solar Plexus with the Throat Chakra.

4. Then treat the Heart Chakra with both hands.

The Chakra Balancing is a good way to start a Reiki treatment as it harmonises the whole system.  It can also be given as a mini-treatment on its own. It can take five or ten minutes or as long as you like.

Please see below videos of William Lee Rand, founder and president of the International Center for Reiki Training and Phyllis Furumoto, the successor of Hawayo Takata.

Reiki Hand Positions for Self-Treatment
William Lee Rand demonstrates hand positions for a Reiki self-treatment
An Intimate Conversation with Phyllis Furumoto about Hawayo Takata and the History of Reiki Practice


Giancarlo has over ten years of experience in practicing and teaching Healing Arts. He is a Reiki Master Teacher of Usui/Tibetan, Holy Fire® and Karuna Reiki® systems of healing and works as a Consultant Spiritual Healer at the College of Psychic Studies in London.