Hands on Reiki for physical issues is taught at Shoden level. The laying on of hands is the most basic way of giving Reiki treatment. It is usually associated with treatment for the body, but health of body reflects on the mind so it is not limited to physical issues.
In a typical Jikiden Reiki treatment we touch the person directly. If we are treating areas of bare skin we would usually place a tenugui (cotton towel) between the person and our hands. This is just a courtesy to the person receiving treatment. When treating the head we may also use the Tenugui to cover the eyes which can aid relaxation. In Japan you can find tenugui in every house and they have no special significance.
Many other Reiki styles teach Reiki treatment by not touching the person but just floating above them. While there are situations where we might recommend this (e.g. treating burns or sensitive areas). In Jikiden Reiki the norm is to touch. There are good reasons for this such as giving a more focussed, concentrated treatment.
In Jikdien Reiki we aim to direct treatment to specific area we have identified as having a build up of byosen (toxins). Also, the warmth of the hands (physical warmth and Reiki warmth) can help relax the practitioner. If the receiver does not want to be touched that is ok. We do not force receivers to accept direct touch, but we do recommend it.
Psychological Reiki Treatment
Psychological Reiki treatment (seiheki chiryo in Japanese) has many useful applications including treating unwanted habits, addictions to serious mental illness. This method is taught at Okuden level along with the distacne Reiki (Enkaku) method. It is an original method created by the founder of Reiki Mikao Usui. In Usui’s time the treatment was not used so much but our teacher and his mother found cause to use it more and more over the years. A reflection of how modern life is putting increased pressure on our minds perhaps.
As with all sacred aspects of the teachings the actual method for using psychological Reiki is not discussed in public, only in a training situation. But the basic idea is that a special symbol (seiheki no shirushi) is introduced above the head, and kototama (word spirit) is used in order to direct Reiki to treat a specific issue which is first agreed with the receiver.
Literally any problem of the mind can be treated with psychological Reiki. This could be a minor problem like a unwanted habit or bed wetting in children. At the other end of the scale you could use it to treat more severe and deep-rooted problems like trauma. People that can do Reiki can also treat their own issues (usually in conjunction with the enkaku method).
The sensations experienced in psychological reiki treatment can be similar to a hands on treatment for physical issues. They are not the same though, because with this method we are not dealing with toxins in the body (Byosen). Psychological Reiki can often feel a bit more intense too, which can alarm some people at first. An emotional response during treatment (such as crying) is not unusual. But there is nothing to worry about as the treatment is completely safe, having been used for almost a century in Japan without any problems.
This is taught at Okuden level in Jikiden Reiki. The concept is that you can treat anyone as you would in person but literally over any distance. It is activated by a special technique created by the founder of Reiki Mikao Usui and includes the use of jumon and kototama (word spirit).
Are there Limits to Distance Reiki Treatment?
The traditional method treats one person at a time. It is ideal the receiver is in an appropriate situation (e.g. Resting). The only negative to distance Reiki is the lack of physical touch, which has its own benefits in addition to providing Reiki. For example, some people may find physical touch comforting which aids relaxation.
It is also possible to treat psychological problems with Enkaku Reiki. Reiki practitioners can also use this method to treat their own psychological issues in a much more practical way.
Distance Reiki – Further Reading