Here are some basic points:


  • First create an environment as quiet, comfortable and soothing as possible for treatment. This ‘Reiki Space’ will become familiar (and thus psychologically comfortable) for clients that require successive treatments and also become charged with the nature of Reiki itself, thereby facilitating the healing experience.


  • Wear comfortable clothing that won’t interfere with the treatment positions.


  • Most treatments by first-degree practitioners are hands-on; remote or absentee healing is to be taught in second-degree Reiki Course.


However, occasionally, it may not be possible to touch the patient directly due to severe skin infection/ lesions or second/third-degree burns, or thick layers of clothing or plaster cast; or you may wish to treat an infant and don’t want to disturb his shallow sleep. Know that Reiki remains effective even when your hands are an inch over the body’s surface. The Reiki finish does require direct physical contact with the skin though.


  • Insist on proper hygiene for yourself, just as you would expect from any medical professional.


Always have clean hands, washing with soap before treatment and afterwards for 20-30 seconds in cool running water to break the energy flow. If in an emergency situation, water is not available from the hands in the prayer position with fingertips together and press firmly for 30 seconds.


  • Place a box of Kleenex tissues and a sheet or blanket within easy reach. The tissues are for eye treatment and certain ailments; the cover for the client’s comfort.


  • Have the client lie down, if possible, so gravity can aid in pulling Reiki into his body. Place a pillow under his head; another under his knees to relieve pressure on the lower back. Employ the sheet or light blanket if the client complaints of chills. And don’t neglect to ensure your own needs either. Remember, the comfort of yourself and the client is the next most important thing to Reiki itself during a treatment.


  • Make sure the client’s feet are not crossed, this tends to ‘short circuit’ the energy flow.


  • Tell the client, he may feel worse after the first or second treatment either due to severe imbalance in an organ (or the body generally) or because you may stop treatment either just as the illness has been brought back from the chronic stage to its acute stage before eventual release.


If this happens, a minimum of three, preferably four consecutive daily treatments will be required unless; healing takes place after the first of second treatment. “The disease must return from where it came” is a basic tenet.


  • Ask the client about ailments irritated by touching; also inquire about any major surgery.


  • Treat HEAD, FRONT and BACK, and hold anything that hurts, and you can’t go wrong – is the basic rule of Reiki treatment – “think of the front (neck to waist) as the ‘master motor’ of the body.”


  • Keep your fingers together, otherwise energy is scattered. Curve the fingers just slightly to rest upon the contour of the body rather than making them stiff and flat. Imagine you are going to touch your lover in a gentle embrace, and you’ll get it just perfect!


  • Begin by spending 8-10 minutes on each position. As you practice Reiki and your bio-sensory system becomes more acute to the universal life energy, you will sense a varying rhythmic rise-and-fall of energy under your hands. Your power to channel Reiki will also increase, and treatment time will shorten.


Extremely diseased centers will probably need prolonged placements.


Whatever your hands will tell you through this sinusoidal pattern when to break. Do so at the end of the first cycle of peak-to-ebb flow, just as the energy is about to rise again. That completes one energy-cycle for that particular organ of the body drawing in the most Reiki. Each period will differ, depending on the organ and its condition.


  • If the client has organs missing due to surgery, treat as if they are present anyway. Reiki can help set up an energy pattern within the body to balance the body as if that organ were physically present, and will release adhesions if they exist.


  • A cold spot indicate a dysfunction organ or impaired circulation. Hold the area until warm.


  • There is no such thing as a partial treatment, because the body is all linked in, as you all know. For instance, if a person had diabetic blindness, you are not going to cure the eyes until you cure the pancreas, because the pancreas is what manufactures insulin and a lack of insulin is what creates diabetes nothing is going to happen to diabetic blindness.


So aside from emergency situations, always give the whole body treatment before focusing on particular ailments for additional Reiki. As you are giving of your time, the client should be equally agreeable to give of his time for a proper treatment. The client has given you the authority by requesting a Reiki treatment, so be firm about what you know must be done. If the partial treatment must be done, treat the solar plexus and adrenal. This is also for energy revitalization and bringing thing back life.


  • Reiki is pulled through the body at a rate corresponding to the need of the client. The more energy needed to regenerate, rejuvenate and revitalize the injured body the longer the healing will generally take. At the end of 10 minutes almost every organ has all the Reiki it needs, in general.


  • TEAM TREATMENTS: Pair up on FRONT and BACK positions when possible; treat FRONT simultaneously. Simultaneous treatment on the torso and head is also very beneficial. Also when possible, have one healer hold the soles of the client’s feet as a means to boost his energy field.
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