This year, learn how to do Reiki self treatment at home and practice Reiki self-healing (even if you’ve never done it before).
2020 has been pretty manic, hasn’t it? It was just one bad thing after another.
Why wouldn’t you be stressed?
Why wouldn’t you worry about what’s going to happen next, how it will affect you and what you’ll then need to do to survive?
Of course you’ll have that chronic headache, that searing pain at your neck that’s testament to the many hours you’ve spent in front of the computer trying to find solutions to your problems.
But what if I told you that the power to help you cope lies within you and that you could uncover it yourself, if you just knew how to?
Yes, you read that right.
Daily Reiki self-healing or Reiki self-treatment is an often overlooked – but actually effective way – to deal with stress and fear.
And you don’t even need to be an expert to enjoy the benefits of peace, calm and bliss that Reiki brings.
This guide will show you how to do that.
Quick Reiki 411: What Is Reiki and Reiki Therapy?
So, what exactly is Reiki?
Reiki is actually a healing therapy created by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui over a hundred years ago.
Rei means universal. Ki means energy, the vital life force of all living things. Reiki, in short, simply means universal life force.
The practice of Reiki is based on the simple biological fact that energy is the currency of all living things. It connects us and binds us.
And Reiki therapy is the process of tapping into this abundant universal energy to support a happy and healthy life.
Traditionally but not necessarily hands-on, Reiki therapy allows Reiki to flow wherever we need it to.
The Real Reason Why You’ll Want to Learn Reiki: 3 Reiki Self-Healing Benefits
Yes, the daily practice of Reiki has so many benefits and all these benefits are wonderful reasons to learn Reiki yourself.
But the real reason – the one reason – why you’ll want to learn Reiki is that it works.
Even though it sounds totally woo-woo, it really does work.
Also (and this is a lovely bonus), you’ll save a fortune when you know how to do a Reiki self-treatment because just like going to a spa, a single Reiki session can cost an arm and a leg!
But hey, if those two reasons aren’t good enough, Reiki also has the following incredible benefits.
Side Note: We’ll stick to only three benefits in this post even though Reiki definitely has more than that.
Reiki for Sleep: No More Insomnia
Have you ever experienced lying in bed at 10 PM and remaining awake until 4 in the morning?
Or telling yourself that you’re definitely going to bed earlier tonight only to realize that it’s already past 12 midnight and you still haven’t finished everything you’ve added in your to-do list?
And so, once again you sleep later than intended. And wake up later too.
Not being able to sleep when you want and need to is awful, isn’t it?
The foggy brain. The headache. The sluggishness. And the desire to sleep during the day instead of actually working.
(That’s why deliberate sleep deprivation is so effective as a torture tool. It really feels torturous.)
Anyway, if you have insomnia and you’ve tried everything but nothing has helped, give yourself some Reiki using the self-healing tools below.
Or ask for Reiki.
It’s a game changer.
And no, I’m not just saying that because I’m a Reiki practitioner. They’ve actually conducted studies on this and they found that Reiki improves sleep patterns (see reading list).
Immediate Effects of Reiki on Heart Rate Variability, Cortisol Levels, and Body Temperature in Health Care Professionals With Burnout
The Effect of Reiki on Decreasing Episodes of Insomnia and Improving Sleep Patterns
Reiki for Stress: No More Frodo
If you’re like most people, 2020 is your most stressful year yet. Every month, a crisis happens and you feel like Frodo on his way to Mt. Doom.
You face insurmountable challenge after insurmountable challenge.
And you just want to sleep somewhere and pretend you’re back in your peaceful home in The Shire.
That’s absolutely no surprise because stress, when prolonged, is destructive.
It can cause mental health issues like depression and anxiety. It’s the culprit for many physical problems such as cardiovascular diseases. And it can also destroy relationships.
If you can’t cope with stress, if you can’t remove yourself from the situation or you can’t stop whatever is stressing you, turn to Reiki.
It will help.
Reiki adds energy and vitality when you’re flagging. It restores balance when you’re swinging from one extreme to the other. And finally, it can give you that sense of calm and peace that is missing in your stressful life.
Reiki for Self-Love: No More Insecurity
One thing that can happen when you’re stressed is that you find it difficult to make the simplest decisions.
Even creating a to-do list becomes a massive problem. And you somehow end up with this totally unrealistic view that you’ll be able to complete 40 urgent tasks in the one day.
What happens when it doesn’t pan out?
Your self-esteem plummets. You start talking to yourself the same way all those Facebook Karens troll other people.
And it’s awful.
Mostly because when your self-esteem takes a hit, it can be challenging to defend – especially from yourself.
One of Reiki’s many benefits – especially when you start practicing the five precepts – is self-love and acceptance.
Energy flows much more freely within you and you just fall in love with yourself.
All the self-loathing surfaces and is released and what’s left is the realization that all you really are is love.
It’s a beautiful thing. So, either learn how to give yourself Reiki or actually schedule a regular session with a Reiki practitioner.
You’ll never regret it.
Reiki Self Healing Tools You Need To Try
So, how about we now dive deep into the self healing tools that will help you with your daily practice by ensuring that you actually complete your Reiki self-treatment every day and maximize the benefits.
Time Makes All the Difference: Schedule Your Reiki Daily Practice
Squeezing your Reiki self-healing into whatever gaps appear in your schedule will most likely result in you not being able to do it at all.
The best way to guarantee your practice is to make time for it.
Add it to your schedule. You can even pretend that you’re going to a fancy spa so you don’t miss it.
Give yourself Reiki every morning before you leave your bed. Or every evening right before you fall asleep.
It’s your choice.
But whatever you do, make sure that you block that time and treat it as sacred.
How Long Should A Reiki Session Last?
When making an appointment with yourself, you need to know the answer to this question. How long should your Reiki session last?
Again, this is subjective and depends mostly on what your body needs but also on how much time you have.
You can do a full Reiki session that could last around 45 minutes, if not more.
Or you can do a quickie of only 15 minutes.
The choice is yours.
The Devil Is in The Details: How Do I Prepare for A Reiki Self-Treatment Session?
You scheduled a job interview but you’ve cut your appointment too close. You get to the office but you’re sweating like a pig, your heart races and you can’t catch your breath.
Desperately, you tiptoe to the toilet but before you get there, the receptionist tells you you’re up next.
Trying to hide a grimace, you go inside and what follows is the most uncomfortable interview in the history of job interviews.
Have you ever experienced that?
Not only are you uncomfortable (because who can be comfortable when you’re sweating all over?) but it’s also just so difficult to switch gears – mentally and physically.
A Reiki self-treatment session is exactly the same.
You can’t just go in and start a session after a long day’s work without any preparation. It’ll be too difficult to relax and if you can’t relax, you can’t focus.
I suppose you can try it, but the experience is gonna be about as enjoyable as a dreich day during a Scottish winter (hint: it’s pretty miserable).
So, what can you do to prepare for your Reiki practice?
Go All Out: Start With A Bath!
Nothing feels quite as decadently relaxing as a long hot soak in a bath, complete with bubbles, aromatherapy and maybe even bath salts.
If you want, you can start your daily practice with a bath.
You don’t necessarily have to start tapping into Reiki while you’re there (although you can).
But a bath can start the relaxation process, which is crucial to the practice.
Run hot water.
Add your favourite bath product.
And just sit still.
Close your eyes.
Breathe deeply – in and out.
And just be.
Eat And Be Merry (Drink And Be Merry Too!)
Whatever you do, don’t start your Reiki practice when you’re starving or dehydrated.
No, nothing bad will happen to you.
But it will be so uncomfortable that you likely won’t enjoy the experience.
Have you tried focusing when your stomach is grumbling in pain? How about when you’re so thirsty you’re getting a headache?
When your body rebels, the rest of you won’t be able to relax enough to focus where you need to.
And that relaxation is key to the whole practice.
Side Note: No alcohol! It’s a diuretic plus it interferes with the experience.
Whatever You Do, Don’t Be Fran Fine
Remember Fran Fine from that hit TV show, The Nanny?
Always dressed to the nines? Sleeping with makeup on in case there’s a fire and a hot fireman comes to save her?
There was an episode where she was asked if she ever chose shoes for comfort and she was like, hell no (totally paraphrasing there).
I love her and that show but yeah, if you want to maximize your Reiki self healing, don’t be like Fran.
Wear comfortable clothes and take off the stiletto heels.
You need to be relaxed – taking deep breaths – and that’s a little hard to do when you’re stuck in a corset.
Think of Bookends: How Do I Perform A Reiki Self-Treatment
When you’re performing a Reiki self-treatment, think of bookends and how they keep important things sandwiched between them.
Reiki is the same.
You need to connect to Reiki energy before you start (first bookend) and you need to disconnect when you’re finished (second bookend).
First Step: How to Connect to Reiki Energy
Before you begin your practice, connect to Reiki energy:
Step 1: Close your eyes.
Step 2: Breathe deeply.
Step 3: Imagine a steady stream of white light flowing somewhere 300 feet above your head.
Step 4: Allow that light to pour over, through and inside you – from the crown of your head all the way out your feet and into the center of the earth.
Step 5: Imagine this light catapulting from the earth’s core back to your body until you’re connected to universal energy above and below.
Step 6: Set an intention or a prayer for this particular Reiki healing. Saying that this session is for the highest good of all concerned is a good one.
Last Step: Sealing Off Reiki Energy
Once you’re done with your Reiki self-treatment, it’s time to disconnect.
I like to bring my hands to the prayer position, express gratitude for the session simply by saying thank you. I follow that up with a bow and a heartfelt “Namaste”.
That’s how I do it but you don’t have to.
You could simply step back, wipe your hands of excess energy or cross your arms in front of your body.
These are all variations of the same thing – a closing of a spiritual session.
Reiki Healing Techniques: How Were You Taught to Self-Treat?
Now that you have the bookends ready, how do you fill the shelf?
Believe it or not, you’re not limited to placing your hands in certain positions – especially when some of these positions are difficult, if not downright impossible, to do on yourself.
This section talks about five simple ways you can give yourself Reiki.
And you don’t even have to be an expert contortionist to do it.
#1: Use Reiki Music
I say Reiki Music but really any soothing, meditative music will work.
What makes some Reiki music special is that they’re timed.
Every two or three minutes, a clear bell chimes which helps you know when to go from one body part to another.
It’s not required but it’s helpful when you’re just starting out and still working on your intuitive powers.
#2: Use Reiki Self Treatment Hand Positions
You can go with classic Reiki and use the hand placements made popular by Takata (see the video in the next section).
The more common type of Reiki practice, using hand positions simply involves concentrating on a specific point of the body by placing your hand on it.
So, for example, if you have a problem with chronic worrying, you place your hands – slightly cupped and with palms down – on the crown of your head.
If you have digestive problems, you place them on your stomach area.
And so on.
Side Note: It’s possible that you may be experiencing problems in one area – for example, a racing heart – but it’s actually stemming from another area (maybe the head because you have mental health issues).
Also, remember to use these positions after you’ve connected to Reiki energy.
Normal Hand Positions
Taggart’s Intuitive Hands-On Self-Treatment Method
Taggart King’s intuitive hands-on self-treatment method means exactly that: intuitive.
You place your hands on specific points of your body because it feels like you need to place them there and not because you follow a specific order.
Once connected to Reiki energy, just tell yourself that this is your time to heal now.
Allow the energy to flow wherever it needs to go.
Focus on the feelings that arise. Where do you feel tingly, numb, extra warm, extra cold, etc?
Place your hands where you feel the energy and stay there for as long as you need to.
If the energy starts moving on to another area, drift your hands there.
Allow the energy to guide your hands and when you’re ready, open your eyes and close the session.
#3: Quick Reiki Self Treatment: Just Rest Your Hands on Yourself And Close Your Eyes
If you want to be a minimalist with your Reiki practice, it’s also possible.
Instead of moving your hands, try just resting them palms down on any part of your body and direct energy through them, as you normally would.
Stay totally blissed out in that position until the end of your session.
#4: Use Reiki Meditation
Perhaps you’re not a fan of all that hand movement.
Maybe you’d rather not spend time learning about anatomy or you just don’t want to memorize a routine.
In the end, it doesn’t matter.
Reiki, after all, is energy work and energy is expansive.
It connects everything and everyone.
If you’re a strong visualizer, then you may want to listen to some meditation music and just visualize Reiki energy coming to you and through you, healing everything that needs healing.
That works too.
Try the videos below and see which one calls to you the most.
Taggart’s Western Hands-On Reiki Self Treatment Method
The Usui Self-Treatment Meditation
Meditation Music with Reiki Timer
#5: Indulge in A ‘Reiki Bath’
Want to go all out and immerse yourself in the Reiki experience?
Try a Reiki bath, which simply means you give yourself the full treatment using Takata’s hand positions above while relaxing in a warm bath.
To really give your session an extra oomph, add epsom salts in the water, light some candles and play some soothing music.
What I do is I go in the bath pre-Reiki and then once I’m sufficiently relaxed, I do the Reiki bath.
Some More Reiki Self Healing Ideas
If you want to add more to your daily practice, then the following three things could give you a deeper experience.
Create A Sanctuary (You Don’t Need to be in a Spa)
Set aside a place where you can enjoy your Reiki practice in peace.
Avoid interruptions when you can.
Not only because they’re so annoying, which isn’t good for your emotional equilibrium but because they also make it harder to relax.
So, clear some space in your home and make it a refuge, a sanctuary for when you need some calm and quiet.
Journal Your Self-Reiki Practice (Channel Your Inner Jim Rohn)
Another great way to deepen your Reiki practice is to channel your inner Jim Rohn and just start journaling your experience.
Analyze the feelings that arise. Observe what you were doing when that happens.
And just start asking the important questions about yourself that you’ve been ignoring for so long.
Watch yourself grow and evolve through the years and prepare to be utterly amazed at your transformation.
This is your life.
And a journal is an excellent place to record the whole adventure.
Practice the Core: What Are The Five Reiki Principles?
Finally, ensure that you live the five principles of Reiki as best you can. Traditionally, they go like this:
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing.
Just like all of Reiki, remember that you can personalize the principles, if you want to.
I’ve personally rephrased it so that it follows the current trend in Law of Attraction and Manifestation circles where you focus on the positive outcome rather than the negative.
I read the Reiki principles like this:
Today, I will trust.
Today, I will love.
Today, I will be true to myself and others.
Today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
The Devil Is Definitely In the Details: What Do I Do After A Reiki Self Healing Session?
So, now that you’ve experienced the bliss that is a Reiki self-healing session, what do you do?
You wanna make sure that you come down from that high gradually.
It’s just like flying.
When it’s time to land, the pilot doesn’t just wrench the plane from the sky, right?
The descent is gradual so you don’t crash.
And that’s one thing you want to avoid after a Reiki self-treatment – that jarring feeling of suddenly being back to earth, back to your responsibilities and all the stress that comes with it.
Check out the four things I recommend below.
Chill: Post-Reiki Is Not the Time to Tackle Your Big To-Do List
Are you the type to jump out of bed early in the morning, shove your hair in a messy bun and start tackling your to-do list immediately?
Even with BO and morning breath?
Meh, me neither.
Just like that period immediately after waking up when your brain is actually still half-asleep, post-Reiki is definitely not the time to force yourself.
Enjoy the mellow, totally blissed out feeling and prolong it for as long as you can.
It’s one of the many benefits of the practice.
Again, Drink And Be Merry (Still No Alcohol!)
Healing is hard work and your body will be exhausted.
It’s like when you’ve just finished a good sweat sesh at the gym.
You rehydrate because your body needs it.
It’s just the same with a Reiki self-treatment session.
Water will help with the healing process.
Channel Your Inner Einstein
Seriously, what’s the point of doing a Reiki session if you’re going to ignore all the signals your body is giving?
You are your greatest masterpiece so start paying attention.
What do you feel in your heart? What emotions are coming up?
What do you feel in your body? Is there a tightness anywhere? A numb feeling? Or do you feel light, finally and possibly for the first time ever?
Be A Student: Reflection Is The Key To Success
The things that you notice – what do they mean, exactly?
Reflect on what you feel, what you experience, what you see.
Learn from yourself in the same way you learn from others.
You might be surprised.
Start Today With A Sample Reiki Self Treatment Protocol
So, what are you waiting for?
This is your chance to experience Reiki’s unique benefits.
Start today – maybe now, maybe later in the day right before bedtime.
It doesn’t matter when exactly. As long as you do a session today.
Set aside the time.
And when that time comes, choose some soothing music to help you relax.
Connect to the energy that surrounds each of us.
And then choose from the many tools discussed in this guide.
Float in that feeling of interconnection and bliss for as long as you want and as long as you need to.
And perhaps you’d want to enroll in a Reiki class too to really intensify the experience.