Reiki Hand Positions

Students learning the art of Reiki will often ask about the best Reiki Hand Positions. Are there any that are more important than others? What order should the Reiki hand positions be placed?

The most important aspect for a student learning Reiki is constant practice. Practice Reiki hand positions on your own body as you fall asleep, Place your hands on your body throughout the day, see what feels best. Use your intuition. Through constant practice a trainee Reiki practitioner begins to feel what works best for them. That’s not to see that all reiki instruction goes out the window, but Reiki does allow a therapist to deliver his or her own ‘style’ if you will.

So that being said, give yourself a full Reiki treatment every day, moving your hands leisurely along whatever sequence you were taught and feels best to you.

By doing this every day, you will fall easier into that sequence. So much so that as you master this sequence your mind will spend less time thinking about what Reiki hand positions come next. You will drop into a deep meditative state as you conduct the Reiki treatment, which adds a whole other level to a Reiki treatment.

For people just starting off, or curious about how their way may be different than others, here are some basic Reiki Hand Positions based on the ‘Three Basic Areas System’.



The Basic 1 includes four standard positions with the hands placed ‘across the body’. These are done in every full session, from a patients lower ribs to the pelvis.

  • Position 1: Lower ribs (liver and spleen)
  • Position 2: Upper abdomen (lower lobe of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and stomach)
  • Position 3: Middle abdomen, referred to as your ’emotional radio’ (small intestine)
  • Position 4: Lower abdomen; upper pelvis (ovaries, uterus, large intestine and bladder) Hands are placed in a ‘V’ shape.
  • Extras: Hips (creases at the top of the legs), knees, ankles and feet, chest (lungs, heart, thymus gland), breasts, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands.



The basic 2 also includes 4 standard Reiki Hand Positions that are conducted in a session. The extras can also be carried out if time allows.

  • Position 1: Over the eyes (eyes, sinuses, brain cavity, pituitary gland, pineal gland)
  • Position 2: Temples (sides of head – eyes, sinuses, brain cavity)
  • Position 3: Ears and jaw
  • Position 4: Back of the head
  • Extras: Back of the neck, mouth, jaw, throat (thyroid, parathyroid and tonsils)


Reiki Hand Positions


Basic 3 concentrates on a patients entire back as they lie on their stomach. You may use as many Reiki hand positions as required to cover the length of the whole back. There are 5 standard areas, however there are also may extra zones a practitioner can focus upon.

  • Position 1: Upper back (lungs, spine)
  • Position 2: Shoulder blades (lungs, spine and heart)
  • Position 3: Mid thoracic – about bra strap level (lungs,spine and heart)
  • Position 4: Lower ribcage (spine, kidneys and adrenal glands)
  • Position 5: Lumbar region – lower back (spine, intestines)
  • Extras: Sacrum, coccyx, and sacroiliac joints (diagonally across the buttocks)


Touching The Body Versus No Contact

A great debate within Reiki hand positions, is the method in which energy is transferred. Do you use a hands-on approach, or hands off? There are benefits to both and so it will really come down to the preferred method of the practitioner. The afore mentioned Reiki hands positions will work with both. In some countries, touching may be looked down upon more that others. This is a shame; Reiki should be looked at in the same way as massage. Although muscles aren’t physically being worked through motions of a therapists fingers the energy transferred stimulates just as much.

Saying that, people will have their own preferences. Below are the benefits of each.



Hands-On Technique

It’s far less tiring to lightly rest your hands on your client, than having to hold them just above the body, especially for a full Reiki session. Remember the exercises you used to do in school to strengthen muscles? Holding a position until you can feel the muscles begin to burn? You don’t have that with the hands-on technique. Instead, it reduces tension in a practitioners neck, arm and shoulder muscles, which allows the Reiki energy to flow more freely, thus giving your client a better treatment. You will also feel more responsive to the transition of energy into a patient. You will feel this more clearly, and patients report they also feel it more clearly.


Hands-Off Technique

The benefits of the hands-off technique are you don’t have to worry about your every movement being felt by your client. Sweaty hands are no longer an issue and there’s no risk of accidently touching some body part that you shouldn’t, and making your client angry or embarrassed.

Also keep in mind that some clients might be particularly sensitive to personal space and the touch of a stranger. There is no harm in checking how comfortable your client is with either method before placing your Reiki Hand Positions and seeing your client become uncomfortable.


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