Reiki Hand Positions

In Reiki therapy, the position of the healer’s hands is vital to facilitate the flow of energy into the patient or receiver.

During a Reiki session, the healer will be placing his or her hands over the patient to transfer the healing energy. This can be accomplished either through direct soft touch or by placing his hands right above the patient’s aura, just about 2 to 4 inches above the patient’s body. The patient should be lying down, relaxed and completely at ease. This will make him – or her – ready to welcome the positive healing energy.

The healer will begin the Reiki therapy over the patient’s head by placing his hands in a specific position. Then, he will work slowly over other body areas and all the way down to the patient’s feet. The correct Reiki hand positions is essential to facilitate flow and transfer the energy to the patient efficiently.

The healer starts by holding his hands slightly cupped with all the fingers close together and the thumbs pulled upward against the hand, as if not letting water run through his fingers.

He then places the hands in the prayer position called „Gassho“ with the fingers from the right hand barely touching the fingers of the left hand.

At that time, he spends a few moments concentrating on the energy that gathers in the space between both hands. After a few deep breaths and using his intuition to „know“ when he is ready to start the treatment, he will begin the attunement so the positive energy is directed to the one who needs it.

For Reiki to work, both the healer and the person being healed need to take an active part in the healing process. It must be understood by both parties that as the healer sends forth the energy, the patient should be willing and open to receive it.

The strength of Reiki therapy is based on the healer’s level. There are three levels that can be attained and improved upon through training and personal attunements.

Reiki healers in the first level are taught the basic positioning of the hands and the sacred symbol so they can perform direct healing on others. Once they reach level two, they are able to teach the symbols and Reiki hand positions as well as begin to practice distance healing. Level three is the highest form of Reiki. Once the healer is knowledgeable of all aspects of the Reiki healing process, he will be ready to receive the title of Reiki Master. At this point, he or she can teach Reiki to others.

Usually, Reiki therapy must be received more than once to reach a successful outcome. Several sessions are needed for the patient to reach complete healing. Just after several Reiki sessions will the body become „in tune“ with or balanced within itself.

One of the beauties of Reiki is that it can be done onto oneself to help reduce the stress and anxiety that results of modern living. Actually, this is recommended before starting a Reiki session to heal others, so the Reiki healer feels relaxed and ready to transfer positive energy to his patient. The Reiki hand positions are relatively easy to learn. Reiki is an excellent technique that can help us and those around us to live a happier life filled with harmony and peace.