Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese word translated as “Universal Life Energy” by Hawayo Takata.

Whole body treatment

In a typical whole-body Reiki treatment, the Reiki practitioner instructs the recipient to lie down, usually on a massage table, and relax. Loose, comfortable clothing is usually worn during the treatment. The practitioner might take a few moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare for the treatment, that is usually carried out without any unnecessary talking.

The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing the hands on the recipient in various positions. However, practitioners may use a non-touching technique, where the hands are held a few centimetres away from the recipient’s body for some or all of the positions. The hands are usually kept in a position for three to five minutes before moving to the next position. Overall, the hand positions usually give a general coverage of the head, the front and back of the torso, the knees, and feet. Between 12 and 20 positions are used, with the whole treatment lasting anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.

Many Western practitioners use a common fixed set of 12 hand positions, while others use their intuition to guide them as to where treatment is needed as is the practise in Traditional Japanese Reiki, sometimes starting the treatment with a “scan” of the recipient to find such areas. The intuitive approach might also lead to individual positions being treated for much shorter or longer periods.

The use of the 12 hand positions energise on many levels,by,

  • Energising on a physical level through the warmth of the hands,
  • Energising on the mental level through the use of the Reiki symbols,
  • Energising on the emotional level through the love that flows with the use of the symbols,
  • Energising on the energetic level though the presence of an initiated practitioner as well as the presence of the Reiki power itself.

It is reported that the recipient often feels warmth or tingling in the area being treated, even when a non-touching approach is being used. A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although emotional releases can also occur. As the Reiki treatment is said to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes, instantaneous “cures” of specific health problems are not normally observed. A series of three or more treatments, typically at intervals of one to seven days, is usually recommended if a chronic condition is being addressed, and regular treatments on an on-going basis can be used with the aim of maintaining well-being. The interval between such treatments is typically in the range of one to four weeks, except in the case of self-treatment where daily practice is common.

Localised treatment

A Reiki treatment in progress.

Localised Reiki treatment involves the practitioner’s hands being held on or near a specific part of the body for a varying length of time. Recent injuries are usually treated in this way, with the site of injury being targeted. There is great variation in the duration of such treatments, though 20 minutes is typical. Takata described “localised treatment” as ‘hands-on work,’ compared to distant or “absent healing.”

Some practitioners use localised treatments for certain ailments, and some publications have tabulated appropriate hand positions, However, other practitioners prefer to use the whole body treatment for all chronic conditions, on the grounds that it has a more holistic effect. Another approach is to give a whole body treatment first, followed by a localised treatment for any specific ailments.

Usui used specific hand positions to treat specific ailments and dis-eases (discomfort), which included disorders of the nervous system (such as hysteria), respiratory disorders (such as inflammation of the trachea), digestive disorders (such as gastric ulcers), circulatory disorders (such as chronic high blood pressure), metabolism and blood disorders (such as anemia), urogenital tract disorders (such as nephritis), skin disorders (such as inflammation of the lymph nodes), childhood disorders (such as measles), women’s health disorders (such as morning sickness), and contagious disorders (such as typhoid fever).