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Yvonne McSherry, Reiki Master Teacher ICHT.IIHHT.MASC.GRA RRP.BSYA(MED TEACH)
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Hand positions for yourself

Reiki Hand Positions

Reiki uses a light touch, no pressure or massage is needed. 

Because of massage laws, practitioners need to ensure they pick up their hands between positions and not slide them to the next position as that might be constituted as massage.

The positions are generally held two to three minutes.

These are the traditional hand placements.

But I, like most practioners dont go below the belt or waste line.


When doing the head positions you stand behind the head of the person being treated. 

Move to the side (some say clockwise and others anti-clockwise) of the person when doing the torso positions.

You can do the knee and feet positions on the side of the person or move down to in front of the feet.  

The positions are not set in stone and if you want to add or take out positions then do so and be guided by your hands.

One rule to follow is to move your hands one at a time so you do not break the flow of energy or the contact with the client.

You can have your hands side by side, one on top of the other (which focuses the energy) or any other way you wish.

Reiki Practitioners' Hand Positions:

A) UPPER SHOULDERS - hands are placed on top of shoulders under the neck. Relieves tension and neck and shoulder aches. Treats the fifth throat chakra.

B) SHOULDER BLADES - hands rest horizontally on shoulder blades. Treats the back, the heart fourth chakra and the lungs.

C) WAIST - hands are placed horizontally on waist area on the back. Treats the solar plexus third chakra as well as the kidneys and adrenal glands.

D) LOWER BACK - hands rest horizontally on the hollow of the lower back above the buttocks. Relieves tension in lower back and treats the sacral second chakra.

E) KNEES - a hand is placed on each knee, either in front or back. Or, cup one hand underneath with the other hand on top of each knee. Relieves pain in the knees.

F) ANKLES - can be done from the front or back. Hold both ankles. Or, cup one hand underneath with the other hand on top of each ankle. Helps balance energy in the legs and relieves pain in the ankles.

G) FEET - can be done from the front or back. Hold both feet. Or, cup one hand underneath with the other hand on top of each foot. Helps ground and balance energy in the body. Many people like to receive Reiki in their feet.

Hands, wrists, elbows, upper arms, calves, and thighs can also be treated with Reiki. Practitioners must give Reiki treatments to both sides of the body. They must treat the right and left of each appendage in order to balance the body's energy.

Reiki can be performed with the traditional hand positions or by using an intuitive approach for hand placement. Some use a combination of both practices. If someone has a particular issue or illness, the practitioner will concentrate on that area. Reiki knows where it is required and will guide the hands where it is most needed.

Moving the hands from position to position can be timed or just moved intuitively. Some practitioners stay at one spot for three minutes. Others have sensations in their hands that tell them to move on. Also, if the recipient moves or sighs, it is a sign to move the hands to a new location on the body.

When you have your next Reiki session, keep these hand positions in mind. Practitioners are open to your suggestions is you would like to have them spend more time in one position compared to another. You can also request that the hands hover above rather than touch the body. Relax and enjoy, feel the peace that comes with Reiki.

Remember, Reiki is Pure