Some people who practice daily self-treatment lose weight. Others feel more confident, or enjoy their jobs more, or their family life. Different people notice different benefits, because Reiki treatment is balancing.
Reiki students often ask if some of the hand placements are more important than others, or if it matters what order of hand placements you use.
What really matters is that you practice.
If you only put your hands on yourself as you fall asleep, that’s better than nothing. Hawayo Takata, the Reiki master who brought the practice from Japan with her Reiki master Chujiro Hayashi, often reminded her students that any Reiki practice is better than no Reiki practice. Simply placing your hands anywhere on your body can be enough to encourage a systemic balancing response from deep within you.
Reiki protocol benefits
However — you knew there would be a “however” — if you want to receive the greatest benefits as fast as possible (yes, I am a New Yorker!), give yourself a full Reiki treatment every day, moving your hands leisurely along whatever sequence you were taught.
If you use a protocol — a sequence that you repeat every time — you don’t have to pay attention to what you are doing, and your mind can drop spontaneously into a meditative state. This adds another level of healing to the session.
Afraid you’ll find it boring to just keep doing the same thing over and over, day after day? You’ll be surprised what experiences wait for you, and how interesting daily Reiki practice becomes, once you get past the “boring” threshold. And I don’t mean just noticing the various sensations as your system reorganizes (part of your balancing response to Reiki treatment).
I mean what happens when you stop worrying “Am I feeling anything yet?,” how your awareness drops peacefully into the present, or into a profoundly healing meditative state (and you thought you were just falling asleep).
Reiki healing benefits
Now that you brought up sleep — taking the time for self-practice will improve your sleep, usually the first night, but I’ve never seen it take longer than a week.
Sleep is big, but it is also just the beginning, the first domino in a chain of healing responses. Once you’re sleeping better, your body functions better, your mind is calmer, more focused and content.
And yes, some people who practice daily self-treatment lose weight. Others feel more confident, or enjoy their jobs more, or their family life. Different people notice different benefits, because Reiki treatment is balancing.
But all of them feel better about themselves, no matter where they place their Reiki hands.
Try some Reiki self-treatment, and let us know what you notice.
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