Treatment By Hands-on Method
Hands-on treatment is the basic method of giving Reiki treatment, which is taught in the First Degree Reiki course including the hand positions with an explanation of each of them. Each area of the body where the hands are placed for treatment is referred to as point or position. Every specific hand position has its own specific purpose, which you should know as a Reiki practitioner. You should also know which of those positions are essential or optional but for this article I would skip those details assuming that your Reiki teacher must have already taught you all that during your Reiki training.
It is ideal to give a full body Reiki sessions in a nice and comfortable atmosphere so that the recipient can draw full benefit from it with a relaxed mind and enjoy it. If you are running your Reiki Clinic, have a proper treatment couch/table on which the recipient can lie down comfortably otherwise Reiki treatment can be given anytime, anywhere; while traveling in a train, a bus, during sleep, during a walk or any place which you can think of. There are no restrictions as a matter of rule. There is actually nothing wrong or right while giving Reiki. In fact, there is hardly any thing which you can do wrong. Do it the way your intuition guides you. If the time available is too short, Reiki can still be given because some Reiki is better than no Reiki at all. If it is to be done in emergency, just connect with Reiki energy and place your hands on the affected area.
For a full body Reiki session, you should apply all the hand positions but at times you may skip a particular hand position depending on the situation and that would not make a session incomplete. There are several points that the practitioner needs to keep in mind before commencement of a regular full body session, during and even after the session. For example, you must wash your hands before the session because you are going to place the hands on the face of the recipient. You should begin the session with clean hands. Wash the hands even after the session because the last hand position is on the feet. During the session your own position/posture should also be comfortable so that you do not get tired unnecessarily. It is always better to drink some water before and after the session both for the practitioner and the recipient. As far as possible, make the Reiki session comfortable for your recipient so that the person can enjoy the flow of energy.
At times people ask for demonstration of a Reiki session. Reiki practitioner should try to educate the people who ask for a stage performance and explain to them how Reiki works and how does the healing take place. You should explain to them how the treatment is given but also remember that Reiki is meant for healing not for stage performance. A Reiki treatment session is not a magical show. Use Reiki to heal the people not impress them.