How to use Reiki Techniques from Traditional Japanese Origins for self-healing

How to use Reiki

Have you ever tried acupuncture or hypnotherapy and found yourself still stressed, depressed or generally not feeling 100%? For years, meditation has been known to centre the mind and refresh the soul, both physically and mentally. Having dabbled in a bit of yoga myself and found it quite enlightening, I wanted to broaden my knowledge and research into the areas of Reiki and Western Reiki, which originate from Japan. These traditional Japanese origins each have their own techniques, characteristics, methods, practices, and meditation etc and the following article will outline the methods of Traditional Japanese Reiki. Originally developed by Master Usui, these techniques reap the benefits of a profound meditation program and can be done for self-healing or to heal others. Reiki can be particularly enjoyed during pregnancy, as it is powerful, yet non-invasive treatment that can alleviate common symptoms like tiredness, low back pain, morning sickness and even high blood pressure. Here are some great techniques that you could practice on yourself and with others:

Self-Healing Techniques

Gassho Meditation: This is one of the most important methods of Traditional Japanese Reiki. In order to use this type of meditation, you repeat the following steps:

  • Sit with your back straight and relax in your mediation position.
  • Position your hands in prayer position in front of your heart, with a small gap between them.
  • Breathe quietly while watching the tips of your middle fingers, trying to feel the contact that is in between the two.
  • Continue the position for as long as possible.
  • When you begin thinking, realise what the thought is without paying attention that it is a thought and then return your attention to your middle fingers.

Energy Center

This method typically works from the Middle Tanti, where the Universal Energy is considered to be anchored. The Middle Tanti is a powerhouse that everyone has and that is located approximately three fingers beneath the navel. This is where vital energy is stored and distributed from. In order to use this method, use the following steps:

  • Sit in your meditation position.
  • Close eyes and breathe deeply.
  • Place both hands over your Middle Tanti and keep your entire mind and thoughts focused on there.
  • Breathe calmly and in a relaxed manner without trying to control it.

Techniques to Heal Others

Mawashi Reiki, Reiki Circle

Mawashi Reiki, Reiki Circle

This method is typically performed with a minimum of two people, however when more people participate, the circle becomes more powerful. More people equals more energy.

This is a different technique than the one used to practice Reiki. Once you have become familiar with the traditional techniques, you can move on to try more advanced techniques, such as the steps below. In order for your practitioner to perform this technique properly, the following steps should be taken:

  • Scan: Move your hands over and around the patient’s body, paying particular attention to sensations that are felt. These sensations can include throbbing, aching, itching, tingling, cold, heat, stinging, etc. The feeling that is experienced will determine the condition of the patient.
  • Pipelining: Reiki is applied where the strongest feelings are experienced.
  • Continue: Once Reiki is finished the original scan is performed again to see if any changes have occurred. If not, the Reiki is repeated.

So, there you have it. Some traditional Japanese techniques that you can try to feel more relaxed, awake and centred. I have tried the Gassho Meditation and I found that the whole process helped me to feel more calm and present. And, if it doesn’t help you, then at least you’ve taken some time to close your eyes and breathe deeply. Those motions alone can already help you to feel better and more relaxed over time.

Have you tried any of the techniques above? Did they work for you?

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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another:

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