Self-Care Techniques

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese practice that uses light hand placements to promote balance, stress relief and self-healing. The Reiki practitioner follows a series of hand placements that cover the vital organs and some major endocrine glands to create a relaxing and balancing effect on our whole system.

Reiki was developed in 1922 in Japan by Makao Usui, who was an avid practitioner of meditation. It is believed that Reiki grew out of his meditative practice.

Reiki is an effortless form of meditation. The hand placements induce a meditative state and help us to become still. A relaxed mind and body give us a foundation for healing, and remind our system of its capacity to self-heal.

We can practice Reiki anytime, anywhere.

Reiki Hand Positions

1. Top of Head


2. Eyes / Face

Pineal Gland

3. Jaw / Throat

Thyroid Gland

4. Back of Head / Neck

Thyroid Gland

5. Upper Chest


6. Middle of Chest


7. Upper Abdomen

Adrenal Glands

8. Lower Abdomen

Reproductive Glands

Final Points

  1. If you are having trouble clearing your mind, always return to your breathing 4-7-8.
  2. Get into a comfortable position.

Slide information taken with permission from Christine Mosley at www.reikiselfcare.com

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