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Somewhat similar to Tanden Chiryo Ho, the Gedoku Chiryo Ho is a technique used to effect detoxification/purification on various levels.

It is also considered by some to assist in strengthening the connection with / awareness of, ones 'higher self' - the spark of Divinity within.

This technique can be incorporated into a general Reiki treatment, or used as a stand-alone practice.

A formal version of the stand-alone application of Gedoku Chiryo Ho is as follows:

Rest your hands, palms down, on your thighs.

Close your eyes and 'hara-centre' yourself: focus your awareness in your seika tanden

For a few moments, simply 'be' - silently and restfully 'watching the breath': loosely focussing on the natural rhythms of your breathing. There is no interference with the natural process - no seeking to consciously breathe - merely to be aware that you are breathing effortlessly.

Let yourself 'see' and feel the Reiki pervading and permeating your entire being - know that you are one with the phenomenon that is Reiki - part of it.

Staying in this awareness, perform gassho rei (the gassho bow) and make a silent statement of intent - something to the effect that you will now begin this treatment for the healing and wellness of your client.

Whilst the client can be lying down for this treatment, it will be generally far easier to administer if they are sitting upright on a chair.

Positioning yourself to the client's left side*, place your left hand on their tanden area, and place your right hand on their lower back at about the same level as the hand on their tanden.

Be aware of the Reiki flow beneath your hands. You may silently affirm the desire that all toxins be - gently - cleared from the client.**

Let the Reiki flow. 'See' and feel the Reiki flow. Be in the experience.

Stay with it as long as you intuit is appropriate (this might possibly be as long as 15 - 20 minutes**)

[You may wish to imagine / visualise the release of toxins from within the client's system, flowing out to the surface of their body and down along the surface of their legs and feet into the ground***]

When you recognise that enough has been achieved for the current session, withdraw your hands from the client.

Manifest kansha - gratitude - for having been granted this opportunity to assist your client to heal themself.

To complete the procedure, perform gassho rei


You can of course also self-treat with Gendoku Chiryo Ho, though some people have difficulty maintaining the right hand in place on the lower back for the required length of time.


Some practitioners like to sit on the floor, either in seiza posture, or cross-legged while performing Gedoku Chiryo Ho, however, many prefer to sit on a chair at the same level as the client. It is for each person to experiment and decide what ever is most comfortable. Remember, the therapist's comfort is as important as the clients - discomfort can distract one from being a clear channel for the Reiki phenomenon.

If applied too 'vigourously', (or for that matter, for too great a length of time) this technique can cause dia
rrhoea and other cathartic responses symptomatic of acute detoxification.
The intent should be one of achieving a gradual, gentle detox, without subjecting the client to such stressful side-effects.

Do not imagine / visualise the toxins travelling down within the legs and feet - in practice, this can occasionally lead to congestion in the limbs - always work with the idea of the toxins moving out of the body and flowing down the outside of the limbs


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