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A Reiki Treatment for Back Pain

A Reiki Treatment for Back Pain

A backache is something that anyone of any Reiki level can offer to ease.  If you are Reiki-attuned, consider taking the time for an evening to do Reiki with a beloved partner or friend. Here are the basic steps; you can always add your own special flourishes depending on what the situation requires:

Scan the Body- Once you have invited Reiki in with your intent, scan the body using your hands 1-1.5" inches from the skin, looking for a sensation in the hands that could indicate the source of dis-ease in the back or front chakras. Begin there, intuitively laying on hands until the draw of Reiki crests and subsides. (often called Byosen Reikan ho)

Target the Spine- Next, lay hands in a sequential pattern down the spine, beginning at the base of the neck and going to the bottom the sacrum (which is beyond the rise of the buttocks). Lay hands on every part of the spinal column as you ask Reiki to flow. Feel intuitively for the draw of energy, or heat in your hands, and wait for it to subside before changing position. If you do not know when to change, then work in each position for approximately 2-5 minutes (not less).

Root & Sacral Chakras- Asking the client/friend to turn over, place a bolster or pillow beneath their knees, and lay hands on the front of the body in the region of the first and second chakras (this covers the pelvis and lower abdominal region).

Determine the Emotional Source of Dis-ease-  You may choose to ask them if they can think of an emotional or physical source for their back pain. You can ask them to consider what patterns they can change in their lives to support the optimum health of the back. Remain sensitive to whether these questions increase the flow of Reiki from your hands. See if, in body scanning, these questions create a shift in the energy. Refer to Usui's chart for emotional sources of disease and consider sharing this wisdom.  If you have training or experience in clairvoyant channeling, or if you have gained mastery in another holistic modality, you can share this wisdom as well.


Grounding- Finish the session by laying hands on the knees and then the base of the feet. Brush off the aura from head to toe, and offer to help the client sit up.

Following Up- For anyone who comes in for chronic or intense physical injury, I usually suggest at least one followup (in most cases, more).  If the person seems to feel dramatically better, still suggest a followup for a regular flow through the hand positions, balancing the body for optimum performance.

Enjoy this and Have Fun! Feel free to call if you have questions about this. Most of you know I'm very casual, and I love Reiki-talk. ;-)

Happy Healing,


© 2011 Dailey Little. You are welcome to reproduce this article provided you do so in its entirety, including the copyright and this blurb: "Dailey Little is a Reiki Master and active practitioner. She teaches Reiki & other fun stuff through her private practice in Santa Rosa, CA. Join her joyful community for ReikiShares, Free Clinics, and eco-activism by signing up at her website,"

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