Self-Reiki: The Reiki Hand Positions

by | Apr 26, 2021 | Blog, Meditation, Personal Development, Reiki, Reiki Level 1

“There is no other method of self-treatment as simple and as effective as Reiki.”

Garry Malone

Self-Reiki for relaxation and stress-relief

Reiki is a powerful healing touch technique that works with the energy system in the body. We can use this healing therapy on ourselves every day, once we are attuned to Reiki to provide powerful benefits for relaxation, health and wellbeing.

A Reiki self-treatment works to all the energy centres in the body – known as chakras. There are seven of these energy centres in the body (in both humans and animals) which are located in a central column along the spine, as well as smaller minor chakra points (including those in our hands and feet). A normal Reiki self-treatment would usually last about 15-20minutes. But we can work through a self-treatment in a much shorter time if necessary – spending as little as 20-30 seconds in each position. Its best to find a quiet safe where you won’t be disturbed or distracted, so you can focus on this little moment of peace as you quiet the mind and look within.

Self-Reiki – The hand positions for reiki work to the chakra points – these are the main concentrations of energy in the body

In Reiki Level 1 – the first level of training in Reiki – you learn about the Reiki hand positions. We usually spend about 3-5 minutes in each hand position when we first start working with Reiki and we are still getting used to the energy.

Over time and practise you will find that you need to work less strictly to this flow of movements, and instead you start to use your ‘Reiki instincts’ or intuition – letting your hands move where you feel intuitively drawn and spending more time in areas which draw more energy through your hands. These spots are the ones that need a little more Reiki love!

When you have spent time in each position, you will usually feel the energy flow through your hands taper off when its time to move on to the next position. Or can work to a set number of breaths.

We advise that you set aside a little time each day for a self-treatment. First thing in the morning will give you a positive boost for the day ahead. Alternatively, a self-treatment last thing at night will relax and unwind you, leading to a good night’s sleep. Good places for a self-treatment are in the bath, the shower, or lying-in bed.

You will find that there are some variations in the hand positions across the web, and some Reiki Masters teach them differently with fewer or more positions depending on what they were taught by their Reiki Master. If in doubt, its always best to follow the guidelines give by your Reiki Master, or follow your intuition.

The images below are one version of the suggested hand positions for self-healing and for healing others to help you get started. If you want to learn more about Reiki and how to work with the hand positions – check out our best-selling Reiki Courses.

The Self-Reiki Hand Positions

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