Treating Illness with Reiki
The laying on of hands may seem related to biblical times, but the treatment of illness in this way is occurring in the 21st century. One way to do this is with Reiki, a Japanese energy therapy that works by touching (or holding their hands above) different parts of the body.
Reiki has been practiced in the West for nearly 70 years, but is much older than that. Its history goes back to its recent rediscovery by Dr. Mikao Usui in the 1870s. However, although Dr. Usui taught Reiki for the rest of his life, we must thank one of his students for the positions that are used to treat disease today. Dr. Chujiro Hayashi had a clinical Reiki practice and took note of how they treated people and with what results. During this process, he developed knowledge of what conditions can be treated with Reiki and how this treatment can be carried out.
Depending on the form of Reiki that you practice (Usui Reiki, Radiance Technique or others), hand position and the number of positions may vary slightly. However, the main positions of Reiki treatment are on the head, chest, abdomen and back. The examples I use are from the Western Usui form of Reiki.
In many forms of Reiki, there are several treatment positions on the head. In the first, hands cupped over the eyes. This position is useful for the treatment of the face, sinuses, ears, nose and throat conditions, lymphatic diseases, the pituitary gland, the pineal gland, blood pressure, the optic nerve and stress.
In second position, the hands are cupped around the temples and ears. This position is also useful for the treatment of stress and fatigue, emotional problems, lack of concentration, nerves, balance, hearing, and the pituitary gland and immune system.
Then the hands are cupped to form a bowl in which the skull lies. This is a good treatment for stress, anxiety, headaches, and conditions affecting the brain, neck and back. Many people feel more relaxed, thoughts becoming clearer after the head was treated.
The fourth position is between the throat and chest. Some cup their hands around the throat, to treat the chest separately, while other cup a hand around the throat and the other resting on his chest. These positions will be useful in the treatment of thyroid problems and high blood pressure. The lungs, thymus, thyroid, parathyroid and asthma can be improved with these positions. Women may also ask for Reiki on the breastbone to ensure breast health.
Treating The Abdomen
When hands are placed just below the breast bone on the right side of the body, this can help treat diseases affecting the gall bladder and liver. It's also said to be useful for the treatment of migraines, sadness, anger and depression. On the upper left quadrant, Reiki treatments affect the stomach, spleen and pancreas. The treatments in this area can improve the immune system, aid digestion, effect anemia, leukemia, diabetes and influenza. These positions roughly correspond to where the body's vital organs are. Many Reiki practitioners reduce stress, anxiety and nervousness by directly treating the solar plexus.
The next position is just below the waist with one hand in front of the other. This position treats any conditions affecting elimination and digestion as it affects the digestive organs. Moreover, the arms are placed above the pubic bone for the treatment of diseases affecting the intestines, bladder, ovarian system, menstrual disorders, and backache.
The positions listed above can also be used (with minor variations) for Reiki self treatments. But in the treatment of others, there are more hand positions on the back. The first two are the left and right shoulder blades. These treat the heart and lungs, coughs, bronchitis and stress. If you have tight shoulders, this position should help them relax.
Then the hands move to just below the shoulder blades, to treat the adrenal gland and nervous system. Just below that is a different position, that treats the kidneys and the acid-alkaline balance in the body. Moving to the lower back, placing hands just below the waist will affect the muscles and nerves that lead to major organs. The pelvic area, reproductive and digestive systems also benefit. If you have lower back pain or sciatica, this position is likely to help.
Other Parts Of the Body
There are alternatives to most of the positions listed to help the Reiki practitioner to focus on certain issues. This may include placing the fingertips in the ears to treat earache, or resting the hands on the tailbone to combat back pain. Many practitioners also include treatment of the legs in a standard treatment. It involves placing hands on the knees, ankles and feet to treat injuries in these areas. As in reflexology, foot treatment results in treatment of the whole body.
Evaluation of Reiki
Many wonder if Reiki can really help with the treatment of serious illness. While some people can pass away before recovery, there are also many stories of miraculous healings. Hawayo Takata who brought Reiki to the West, was healed of emphysema and gallstones after receiving Reiki treatments. It is useful to bear in mind two things. The first is that the longer we have suffered from a disease, the longer it will take to get rid of. The second is that Reiki can help the body heal by calming the patient and balancing the body. Most people who receive Reiki treatments report feeling more calm and relaxed. Some even fall asleep during a treatment session. Reiki can also help some emotional problems of those who are sick.