Fixed set of hand positions contra intuitive positionsTraditionally many Reiki practitioners give the whole body treatment covering all the handpositions. This method gives a very good overall healing effect and can be recommended if in doubt about the cause of the problem to be treated. Since the Reiki energy is spiritually guided it will in the end go where it is needed. Many practitioners have found that by being guided by their intuition they can reach even better results. Personally I have always found that this is the case. By combining knowledge from different Eastern medical systems I have created a simple guide to which Reiki positions, in my opinion, that can be used to reach the best effect for different ailments. Below you find the pictures and a description on how the system is built (if you know the traditional hand positions you don't have to learn anything new!).
Reiki Hand Positions on the head
These positions cover the head and chakras 6 and 7. Since many meridians pass through the head this is an important area to treat. (Dr Usui put emphasis on treating the head and secondary the treatment of the problem area.)
Head 1 (H1)
Put your hands together with the thumbs touching at the base of the nose. Make sure your hands do not touch the eyes (this is often uncomfortable for the client). If your hands have a tendency to become moist, put a cloth or paper tissue above the eyes.
Treating: Third Eye chakra. Face, sinus, ear, nose and throat, lymph, stress, "burn out", colds, pituitary gland, hormone imbalances and all kinds of lymphatic diseases.
Head 2 (H2)
Wrists together with the right and left hands' fingers over the temples.
Treating: Stress, tiredness, headache, brain-problems connected to epiphysis, pituitary gland, immune defense, hormone imbalances, nerves. Mental and emotional problems, concentration etc.
Head 3 (H3)
Hands at the side of the head, slightly cupped over the ears.
Treating: Ear, nose and throat problems, colds, balance, hearing. The ears have many points used in acupuncture, these points will affect a veriety of problems.
Head 4 (H4)
Put your hands together and slide them under the head so it lies in the "bowl" of your hands.
Treating: Stress, worry, headache. colds etc. Brain, neck and back problems, spinal nerve problems.
These positions cover the front of the body and chakras 1 to 5.
Body 1 (B1)
Hold hands and fingers so they form a "tent" above the throat. (Don't touch the throat, doing this will be unpleasant for most people.)
Treating: Chakra 5. Throat, thyroid gland, thymus, parathyroid. Anxiety and disability to communicate and express oneself.
Body 2 (B2)
Hold the hands over the collarbone and breastbone.
Treating: Lung area, thymus, throat, asthma, allergies, the disability to accept things.
Body 3 (B3)
Breast position (place hands above or below breasts).
Treating: Chakra 4. Heart, thymus, lungs, asthma, allergies, circulation problems, immune system, emotional problems etc.
Body 3 (B3) Alternative position
Body 4 (B4)
Solarplexus position, under the breasts and over the lower ribs.
Treating: Chakra 3. The sternum system, lungs, pancreas, liver, spleen, gallbladder. Digestive problems, stress, worry, nervousness, control etc.
Body 5 (B5)
Place the hands in the middle of the stomach area, approximately around the navel area.
Treating: Chackra 2. Digestive organs, liver, spleen, gallblader, kidneys, adrenal gland. Depression, emptiness, disability to feel happiness.
Body 6 (B6)
Do not encroach on peoples integrity.
Hands by the pubic bone. Angle your hands so they follow the groin.
Treating: Chakra 1 and 2. Reproduction system, testicles, ovaries, kidneys, adrenal glands, urinary problems. Tiredness, weight problems, sexual problems physical and emotional.
Legs 1 (L1)
Kneecaps, place one hand above the kneecap and one hand under the knee. Treat each knee separately.
Treating: Knee injuries. Disability to bend (mentally). Headache, stiffness in the neck. Energy blockage in the lower body.
Legs 2 (L2)
Ankles, do each one separately. Hold your hands in the position most comfortable for you.
Treating: Energy blockages, problems with neck and throat, thyroid gland and lymph. Problems in the pelvic area.
Legs 3 (L3)
Treat each foot separately. One hand should cover the sole of the foot, otherwise hold in the most comfortable position for you.
Treating: The feet contain reflex zones for all the organs in the body. All the organs and chakras will be treated. Grounds and calms the person.
Back 1 (Ba1)
Hands behind the neck.
Treating: Neck and shoulders. Stress and headaches. Responsibility problems.
Back 2 (BA2)
Hands over the shoulderblades.
Treating: Heart and lung area, protective instinct, disability to express feelings. Depression. See also B3.
Back 3 (BA 3)
Hands approximately at the middle of the back above the kidneys.
Treating: Stress, allergies, relationship problems. Heart and lung area, kidneys, adrenal glands, lymph and diaphragm.
Back 4 (BA4)
Lower back, below the waist.
Treating: Chakra 1, pelvic area, reproductive system, digestive system etc. Relationship and emotional problems.
Back 4 (BA4) Alternative position
Hands covering the tail bone
Back 5 (BA5)
Extra position. One hand at the neck and one hand covering the tail bone.
Treating: Chakras 1-5. Balancing and easing blockages. Sometimes called the back fixer.