22 Hand Positions in Reiki for Better Self-Treatment


Last Updated on February 10, 2023

Your universal life force energy is channeled by Reiki hand positions. And each position channels the self-healing energy in a unique way.

Your universal life force energy is channeled by Reiki hand positions. And each position channels the self-healing energy in a unique way.

In this article, we’ll go over different Reiki hand positions. We’ll explore why they’re so important in Reiki, their effect on Reiki’s power, and more. 

We’ll also share 22 Reiki hand positions so you can focus on using a hand position if you feel ill in a specific body part.

Maximizing Reiki energy for Reiki self-treatment

Reiki practitioners have learned how important it is to treat ourselves and transmit or offer Reiki healing energies to another person. This sensation occurs when the universal life force energy or self-healing energy begins flowing into our physical, psychological, and spiritual practice systems. 

Thus, consciousness guides us to exactly the place to go to adjust an imbalanced structure. And it’ll require passing through Reiki attunements — preferably, Reiki level 1 attunement. Although some techniques are quite easy to use at this point, it’s possible to sustain your spiritual practices for years to come.

In traditional and modern Reiki treatment processes, as well as distant healing methodologies in the western world, hands are our core tools in practicing Reiki. Anyone practicing Reiki knows that. So to make the most out of each Reiki session, we need to position them accordingly.

Traditional Reiki hand positions

Traditional Reiki hand positions

The traditional way of carrying out Reiki therapy addresses an illness in specific areas of the body. Before chakras came into the picture, a traditional Reiki hand position was seen to be highly effective.

1. Head

This is one of the best ways to start with the Reiki self-treatment process. Here, you’ll need to place both of your hands at the top of your head.


  • Fuels the main energy channel, Sushumna
  • Provides energy to the pineal gland
  • Stimulates the brain
  • Enhances cognitive abilities
  • Improves intellectual function
See also
How To Explain Reiki to Skeptics

2. Eyes

This hand position is often used by qualified practitioners for the Reiki self-treatment process along the eye area. Using both of your hands, cover your line of sight.


  • Cleanses imbalances in the eyes, sinuses, and the pineal gland
  • Regulates the endocrine and reproductive systems
  • Helps you fall asleep fast
  • Provides stress relief
  • Calms nervous system

3. Temples

To channel Reiki energy on the upper side of your face, place each hand on each temple. This is also called the “palms on the head” Reiki healing.


  • Energizes eye and optic nerves
  • Stimulates the pineal and adrenal glands
  • Treats problems in the pituitary gland
  • Promotes healthy eyesight and hearing
  • Enhances intuition

4. Head

Both hands should be at the back of your head. One hand should be in the upper area. And the other hand should be just below it.


  • Energizes cortex responsible for good eyesight
  • Stimulates the cerebral cortex
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Maintains good health and well-nourished body

5. Neck

To begin healing in the upper portion of your body, place both hands at the sides of your neck. This position is like you’re covering yourself from the cold.


  • Boosts function of the thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Heals salivary glands, trachea, and larynx

6. Shoulder

Touch your shoulder blades. If it’s too challenging a position, a good alternative is to put your hands on your cervical area — below your neck.


  • Promotes the health of the upper muscles
  • Helps achieve stability
  • Calms the nervous system

7. Chest

This is where energy channels come together. To stimulate the chest, place one hand above your heart. Then place one below it — as if you want to feel your heart beating.


  • Energizes the heart
  • Heals the lungs and eliminates respiratory problems
  • Promotes the health of the thymus gland
  • Alternative to medical treatment for behavioral issues

8. Left body

Healing your left body is a start in finding balance. Place your hands on the lower left portion of your body. Use your left hand first and then move on with your right hand.


  • Energizes the left area of your body near the liver
  • Promotes a healthy gut
  • Regulates the digestive system

9. Right body

The therapeutic touch of your hands on the right side of your body will make you feel positive sensations. Place your hands on the lower right portion of your body.


  • Energizes the right area near the liver
  • Releases bottled-up anger, frustration, and common negative emotions

10. Abdomen

Locate your navel. Then place both hands below it.


  • Boosts physical health 
  • Supports the healthy absorption of nutrients
  • Helps find balance
  • Helps with self-acceptance 
  • Vital in activating the Kundalini energy
See also
What to Expect in a Typical Reiki Session?

11. Hand position for kidney

Place your hands in your lower back — or at the area of your kidneys.


  • Energizes the kidneys, spleen, and liver
  • Enhances daily energy levels
  • Improves gallbladder function
  • Provides stress relief

12. Hand position for lower back

Find the lower and middle areas of your spine. Then place one hand on top of the other.


  • Energizes the intestines
  • Treats issues within the lumbar area and sciatic nerve
  • Promotes the healthy condition of the base of the spine
  • Stimulates creative and sexual energies

13. Hips

This Reiki hand position can be challenging if you don’t know where your inguinal junction is. It’s basically a separator that connects your lower body to your upper body. Once you find it, place one palm on each side.


  • Speeds up blood and energy flow to the lower extremities
  • Promotes the optimal functions of the prostate (for men), uterus (for women), and bladder
  • Treats inguinal lymph nodes and muscle aches in the hip area

14. Hand positions for knees

Place a hand on one knee. You may do this like Reiki masters — by placing both hands on both knees, too.


  • Promotes rational manifestation
  • Boosts creativity and flexibility
  • Heals knee-related ailments

15. Feet

Hold your left foot between your palms. Now, do the same with your other foot.


  • Accelerates relaxation
  • Improves grounding ability
  • Heals physical pain in the lower part of the body

Modern Reiki self-healing hand positions for chakras

Vector Reiki

Modern Reiki treatments focus on stimulating the seven main energy centers. As believed by contemporary alternative medical practitioners and those who practice Reiki in modern times, energizing specific chakras is the ultimate answer. It can alleviate almost any illness related to that chakra

16. Sacral chakra

Reiki hand positions for the sacral chakra involve finding your navel. Place one hand in that area. Then place another hand on the back.


  • Helps develop bountiful relationships
  • Improves self-perception

17. Root chakra

Your root chakra’s purpose is to help ground you. And to help it do that, refer to the hand position solely for your root chakra or place both hands just above the most sensitive part of your whole body. Think of the situation as if you’re shielding parts of you that you don’t want others to see.


  • Strengthens vital physical energy
  • Increases mental toughness and well-being

18. Crown chakra

Place both hands at the top of your head — as if you’re protecting your head from a falling object. Many would kick off the Reiki self-treatment process by energizing the crown chakra first.

See also
6 Reiki Side Effects and Why It May Not Be Good for You


  • Helps manifest higher self-consciousness and better intuition
  • Boosts the ability to be mindful and enjoy the present moment

19. Third eye chakra

For self-treatment of illnesses associated with the third eye chakra, focus on the area between your eyebrows. Now, place one hand there. Then do the same on the lower back area of your head.


  • Sharpens wisdom, intelligence, and memory
  • Significantly sharpens intuition

20. Throat chakra

Place one hand on the front area of your throat. Then place the other at the back.


  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Improves communication skills
  • Helps verbalize feelings

21. Heart chakra

Chances that the Reiki self-treatment process will go smoothly are high if your chakra is in excellent condition. Go into the “prayer position” and use both hands (one in front and another at the back) to activate the heart chakra in your chest area.


  • Enhances the ability to give and receive compassion
  • Heals core emotional structures

22. Solar plexus chakra

Your solar plexus area is near your stomach. And for Reiki energy to flow freely in this area, you’ll need to place one hand on the front part of your stomach. Then place one at the back. Doing this on a consistent basis will help you feel good all the time.


  • Sharpens assertiveness
  • Boosts confidence
  • Improves willpower


Reiki works wonders and makes you feel deserving of many blessings. It’s a powerful self-healing technique and can help with a variety of illnesses — anxiety, high blood pressure, chronic depression, and more. 

Fortunately, there are many great ways to learn it. One is by checking out a Reiki book like Reiki Healing for Beginners. Feel free to observe a certified Reiki practitioner, too.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 5 / 5. Vote count: 2

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?