How to Give Yourself Reiki for Migraines and Headaches: A Guide
Learn how to give yourself Reiki for migraines and headaches – enhance your practice, reduce pain, and feel healing energy flow.
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Tl;dr: Step-by-step guide on how to give yourself Reiki for migraines and headaches
If you wish to enhance the benefits of a Reiki self-healing session for migraines and headaches, I recommend receiving your Reiki attunement. If you have no desire to work with clients, you don’t need to certify as a Reiki master – Level I or II are fine.
Then, you can follow the process below (or use it as a springboard to create your own self-treatment session):
Step 1: Prep before your session to facilitate relaxation and healing.
Step 2: Clear your space. Avoid incense or smudge sticks as the smoke and scent can aggravate migraines and headaches. I recommend using a selenite lamp (see pic below). Alternatively, listen to 417 Hz frequency.
Step 3: Connect to Reiki energy. Use Holosync technology, subliminal messaging, or Sensate if you have it to quickly quiet excessive mental chatter and/or dull the pain.
Step 4: Set your intentions. Use this as a template: “I invoke angels Michael, Gabriel, Rafael, Uriel, Zadakiel, Chaniel, Jofiel, and Azrael, as well as all divine beings of love and light who are here to support and guide me in my healing work. Please help me be as clear a channel for pure Reiki as possible. Allow me to send healing energy across time and space, especially to the source of this headache – for my highest good. Keep me wrapped in healing, love, and sheets of rainbow light, from the beginning until the end of time. Thank you.”
Step 5: Set up a Reiki protection sphere.
Step 6: Choose the Reiki symbol you wish to work with (I use all four symbols of the Usui Ryoho Reiki system).
Step 7: Perform self-Reiki, taking care to place your hands on the areas of your body you feel drawn to.
Step 8: Close the session.
Step 9: Create an aftercare plan. You may need to supplement your Reiki self-healing sessions with one delivered by another Reiki practitioner. And, of course, you should speak with a medical professional if you’re experiencing frequent migraines and headaches.
Reiki self-treatment session to alleviate migraine and headache pain
You can feel it coming – this familiar dull pain – as your upper trapezius slowly, slowly, wounds tighter. A prickling sensation starts creeping up the back of your neck to your temples – like a million little ants biting at your skin.
You start to squint. Has the light always been this bright?
Your nose wrinkles as the smell of fish and chips hits your nose. Funny, you’ve always loved it, but why does the smell of cooking oil make you feel nauseated?
You reach up to rub at your temples and stretch your arms above your head, desperately trying to find relief from the boulder-sized knot on your upper back, but it doesn’t work.
If you don’t act, you know what will happen. This pounding headache will explode into a full-blown crippling migraine attack.
Time to break open the ibuprofen and paracetamol – again.
We’ve all been there, and it’s no fun. But what if I told you that Reiki could be your secret weapon against headaches and migraines? If you’re new to Reiki, you may not be aware that you can send healing energy to yourself. Or that you can send it back to the past, right where the pain started and start your session then.
In fact, if you’re a chronic sufferer, regular self-Reiki for headaches and migraines might just bring you the relief you’re looking for.
But don’t just take my word for it — let me show you the ropes. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the ins and outs of using self-Reiki to tackle headaches and migraines. Whether you’re a seasoned Reiki practitioner or a total newbie, these easy-to-follow steps will have you on your way to headache-free bliss in no time. So, are you ready to take control of your pain? Let’s dive in!
Note: If you’re already experiencing a headache or migraine episode, you’re probably not in any condition to do some pre-work or clear your space. In this case, just skip the first two steps and go straight to number three. Make sure you set up either a Celtic weave or a Reiki protection sphere.
Step 1: Prepping before giving yourself Reiki for migraines and headaches
If you’re able to, you may want to do some pre-work before you start your session to help you feel more comfortable – which, in my experience, always makes me more receptive to self-reiki for headaches and migraines (or otherwise). I personally like performing a bath ritual using one of these bath soak recipes before starting my Reiki treatment. If I don’t have time, a spiritual shower is fine too. You may wish to do something similar.
Once that’s done, prepare your space.
Step 2: Clear your space
If you’re experiencing a headache or a migraine, you’ll probably already be in a dim, quiet and comfortable spot where you can sit or lie down undisturbed, away from sources of discordant sounds.
You might want to add some calming elements like soft lighting, soothing music, or even a few crystals to enhance the healing energy as it comes.
You want your space to be clear of negative energy. Unfortunately, traditional ways of clearing often involve smoke and incense, which can exacerbate headache and migraine pain. In cases like this, I recommend using a selenite lamp, which is renowned for its cleansing and healing ability. A selenite lamp can help clear negative energy from the surrounding environment without the risk of triggering more pain.
You could also listen to 417 Hz music, like the one below:
However you choose to clear your space, make sure you also visualize pure Reiki energy gently bathing your space in protective, comforting, and soothing light, chasing away any negative energy and leaving you with a peaceful and serene environment.
Step 3: Connect to Reiki energy
It’s now time to connect to Reiki energy.
Close your eyes and take several deep breaths. If your pain makes it difficult to concentrate, or you have a hard time focusing anyway, leverage modern technology to get you to a meditative state fast. I recommend using Holosync technology, subliminal messaging, or Sensate if you have it – any of these can quickly quiet excessive mental chatter and/or dull the pain.
You have multiple options when connecting to the light. You can visualize:
- Light flowing through your body from your Crown Chakra down to your feet.
- Your Higher Self going three feet above your head and then flowing as light through your Crown Chakra down to your body, all the way to the center of the Earth. Pause at the planet’s core and then draw the energy back up your body to the Heart Chakra, where it then radiates pure light 360 degrees all around you.
- Light flowing up from the Earth’s core, up your feet and all the way up to your Crown Chakra.
Choose which visualization resonates with you.
Feel your energy shift as you plug into universal life force energy.
Step 4: Set your intentions for migraine and headache relief
Connect with your Reiki and spirit guides, and then set your intention. Specify that you wish to channel healing energy to yourself to ease your headache or migraine.
You could phrase your intention this way: “I invoke angels Michael, Gabriel, Rafael, Uriel, Zadakiel, Chaniel, Jofiel, and Azrael, as well as all divine beings of love and light who are here to support and guide me in my healing work. Please help me be as clear a channel for pure Reiki as possible. Allow me to send healing energy across time and space, especially to the source of this headache – for my highest good. Keep me wrapped in healing, love, and sheets of rainbow light, from the beginning until the end of time. Thank you.”
Step 5: Set up a Reiki protection sphere
I personally believe that a Reiki protection sphere is integral to any Reiki session, for yourself or for other people – but especially when you’re new to the practice.
When you’re more experienced, you may find that your boundaries against negativity remain strong. You’re able to ensure that you’re a clear channel because your blocks will have been cleared. Reiki energy flows through you to the recipient, as it should – and there’s no “blowback,” so to speak.
But when you’re new, you’re trying to remember your training, which symbols to use, how to write and use these symbols, and a million other things. You may be prone to Impostor Syndrome and worry that maybe you’ve forgotten something, that you’re not doing it right.
In situations like this, protection is key. You must set up a Reiki protection sphere around you – a shimmering, invisible bubble that allows only pure Reiki energy to flow through, healing what needs healing for your highest good. This will keep any negative energy at bay and ensure a safe and effective self-Reiki session.
Step 6: Choose which symbol to use when you give yourself Reiki for migraines and headaches
I tend to use all four Usui Reiki symbols because I’ve been attuned to all of them.
If you’re a Level II practitioner, then you can use Cho Ku Rei (to amplify), Sei Hei Ki (for emotional and mental balance), and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (to transcend the boundaries of time and space).
If you’re attuned to Level I, then you can use Reiki hand positions to facilitate your healing (more on this later).
For other types of Reiki (such as Karuna or Shamballa), you’ll likely want to use other symbols. Again, and as usual in Reiki, choose the one that calls to you, then mentally draw that symbol on the palms of your hands, your Crown Chakra, your Root Chakra, and any other points that you feel drawn to.
Step 7: Perform self-Reiki
Now, you can begin your session. You will place your hands – with your fingers tight against each other – over your:
- Eyes and sinus area
- Third eye Chakra
- Crown Chakra
- Throat Chakra
- Heart Chakra
- Solar plexus Chakra
- Sides of the jaw
- Front of the jaw
- The back of the neck
- Trapezius trigger points
- Root Chakra
For maximum effect, make sure to channel Reiki healing through the symbols on your palm to the above areas of your body for as long as you need to (but usually around three to five minutes) at a time.
In my case, my hands often go to:
- My eyes and sinus area
- My temples
- My Third Eye and Throat Chakras (at the same time – right hand on the latter and the left hand on the former)
- The sides of my jaw
- My Heart Chakra (both hands on my heart)
- My Root and Crown Chakras (at the same time – – right hand on the latter and the left hand on the former)
- The upper trapezius trigger point
Again, choose which area resonates the most.
Recommended Resource: If you need more information on Reiki hand placements for self-healing, read 21 Reiki Self-Healing Positions To Unleash A Magic Life.
Step 8: Close the session
After you give yourself Reiki for migraines and headaches and you feel your self-treatment is complete, run your hands over your aura, allow yourself to slowly return to the present moment, and close the session by thanking your guides.
Stay in this relaxed state for as long as you need to.
Then ground yourself by drinking a glass of cold water and washing your hands – also with cold water.
Step 9: Create an aftercare plan
When you’re able, reflect on your experience and consider any self-care practices or further Reiki sessions that may be beneficial for your continued healing. If you’re experiencing severe headaches and migraines, you may benefit from a session with another Reiki practitioner.
By embracing the power of Reiki self-treatment for headache and migraine relief, you’re taking a proactive approach to your own healing journey. So go ahead, give yourself the care and compassion you deserve, and rediscover the relief that’s within your reach.
Remember: Reiki complements, not replaces, a medical diagnosis. Please consult a medical professional to determine the cause and appropriate treatment if you're experiencing frequent headaches or migraines.
Give yourself Reiki for migraines and headaches: Make it a part of your life
So, we’ve covered everything from prepping before your session to making Reiki a part of your life for headache and migraine relief. You’ve learned how to clear your space, connect to the light, set intentions, protect yourself, choose the appropriate symbol, give yourself Reiki for migraines and headaches, close the session, and take care of yourself afterwards. Sounds like a lot, right? Trust me, it’ll become second nature in no time.
While living with headaches and migraines can sometimes feel like a never-ending battle, integrating Reiki into your daily life can help manage your symptoms. So, set aside a few minutes each day to channel Reiki to yourself, which will strengthen your connection to the healing energy that surrounds us. Remember, it’s not about finding huge chunks of time; it’s about consistency and making a commitment to yourself.
If you haven’t been attuned to Reiki yet, why not join a class and give it a go? You never know what kind of magic might happen once you start connecting with pure Reiki healing energy.
And if you’re already attuned, self-treatments are an essential part of your Reiki journey. They can help you navigate your healing process and ensure you’re using the most effective techniques for your specific needs. If you need help structuring a migraine or headache-specific Reiki session for a client, please read Reiki for Headache Relief: How to Conduct a Client Session.
Also, remember that I’m here for you, so feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or need some guidance along the way.
Sending you love and light,
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