REIKI TREATMENT - USUI-SENSEI'S ORIGINAL HAND-POSITIONS
Copyright © 2006 James Deacon
It is said that in the original Usui system, only five formal
hand-positions were used. These focussed on the head and neck.
A Reiki treatment session would involve first working in these
five positions, followed by treating specific area of the body
where imbalances presented.
five positions were apparently named: zento bu, sokuto bu,
koutou bu, enzui bu, and toucho bu
can be given with hands either in direct contact with the client,
or alternatively with hands held a few inches out in the client's
energy field. The example given below uses the latter approach.
originally both the person receiving treatment and the person
giving treatment would sit in seiza
position, treatment now more commonly involves the person receiving
treatment sitting on a chair while the person giving treatment
client should sit upright yet relaxed, with their hands in their
lap, or resting on their thighs - their feet should be flat on
the ground. If necessary, a cushion should be provided to support
the lower back. Children, and adult clients of short stature may
also require a firm cushion (or perhaps even a footstool) beneath
their feet if the chair is a little too high for them to place
their feet flat on the floor. An alternative option is of course
a height-adjustable chair
- the practitioner - should stand a metre or so in front of the
client. Both you and your client perform gassho rei - the
Japanese term gassho refers to a ritual gesture formed
by placing the hands - palms together, in the prayer-position
- in front of the mouth - the fingertips at a level just below
the nose. (Many people also perform gassho with hands positioned
in front of the chest at a level just above the heart.) Gassho
rei involves bowing from the hip - back kept straight - with
the hands in the gassho position. The bow / gassho
implies recognition of the oneness of all beings. This gesture
is also used to show reverence to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Patriarchs
& Teachers. ]
then move to stand behind the client.
begin, centre yourself - do what you do to let the Reiki flow:
some people like to place their hands on the client's shoulders
(- as if they were going to give them a shoulder massage) - as
a means of making a 'connection' with the client.
Draw the relevant symbols if you chose to - in your mind's-eye
or in physical space. Silently intone their mantra-names (or their
kotodama if you work with these)...
a general guideline, (especially for newer students), it is commonly
recommended that you stay at each of the positions described for
about 3 -5 minutes or so - however, the sooner new students begin
trusting their intuition in these matters, the better, so do what
feels right at the time.
With a steady, flowing movement, reach around in front of the
client so as to position your hands about two to four inches in
front of their forehead at the level of the hairline - palms flat,
facing towards the client, your middle fingers almost touching
each other. Stay with this position as long as is necessary.
When you feel ready to do so, smoothly draw your hands apart and
around to the sides of the client's head so as to position them
over the clients temples - again, two to four inches away from
the surface of the client's head. Stay with this position as long
as is necessary.
Moving your body easily and smoothly to the client's left
side, at the same time, your left hand moves to take up a position
two to four inches infront of the centre of the client's forehead,
your right hand moves to the back of their head - to a position
just above their occipital ridge (the point where neck and skull
meet) - two to four inches away from the client's head. Stay
with this position as long as is necessary.
and smoothly to stand behind the client once more, at the same
time your hands move to take up position two to four inches to
either side of the client's neck. Stay with this position as long
as is necessary.
Smoothly move your hands upwards and over the client's head, bringing
both hands to rest horizontally two to four inches above their
crown - thumbs should almost touch each other, as should the first
joint of each index finger. Stay with this position as long as
completing treatment in each of the five formal positions detailed
above, you may then proceed to treat specific areas where the
client's symptoms are presenting.
areas requiring treatment, some practitioners like to sit on a
chair themselves for this part of the process. This is fine as
long as there is no interruption to the 'flow' of the treatment.
If you choose to use a chair, have it already in position at the
optimum distance from the client to allow for ease of access to
the relevant position.]
completion of the treatment, do whatever you do to disconnect.
to stand a metre or so in front of the client.
kansha - gratitude - for having been granted this opportunity
to assist your client to heal themself.
complete the procedure, both you and your client perform gassho
rei - the gassho bow.