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Reiki Hand Positions with Downloadable PDF Chart

A standard Reiki treatment covers most body areas, and all the seven chakras – and it usually lasts about an hour or a little over.

As the practitioners give the treatment, either to themselves, or to other persons, they tend to listen to their intuition and spend more time on areas which “draw more energy” compared to the others. If you don’t feel the energy flow yet, don’t worry, just spend equal time in each position.

There are variations of these positions, and some Reiki Masters teach them differently. Some may teach more or fewer positions. If in doubt, do as your Master has taught you, or follow your intuition.

The images below cover self healing. We have another article with the positions for healing others here.

At the end of the article there is a chart you can download in PDF format and print.


Position 1: Cover the eyes approximately with the palms of your hands.

Reiki Hand Position 1

Reiki Hand Position 1

Position 2: Cover the ears approximately with the palms of your hands.

Reiki Hand Position 2

Reiki Hand Position 2

Position 3: Place your hands on the back of your head, either one on top of the other as in the image below, or alternatively you can place them side by side.

Reiki Hand Position 3

Reiki Hand Position 3

Front of the body

Position 4: Place your hands on each side of your neck.

Reiki Hand Position 4

Reiki Hand Position 4

Position 5: Place one hand on the chest, above the breasts, and the other just above it, towards the neck.

Reiki Hand Position 5

Reiki Hand Position 5

Position 6: Place your hands under the breasts, in the solar plexus area.

Reiki Hand Position 6

Reiki Hand Position 6

Position 7: Place your hands on the abdomen, over the stomach.


Reiki Hand Position 7

Reiki Hand Position 7

Position 8: Place your hands in a V shape, fingers touching or almost touching, below the waist (for men) or over the ovaries (for women).

Reiki Hand Position 8

Reiki Hand Position 8

Back of the body

Position 9: Place your hands on your shoulders, fingers bent over, pointing towards the shoulder blades.

Reiki Hand Position 9

Reiki Hand Position 9

Position 10: Place your hands on your waist, on the back, palms placed on each side of the spine at comfortable distance.

Reiki Hand Position 10

Reiki Hand Position 10

Position 11: Place your hands on your hips on the back of your body.

Reiki Hand Position 11

Reiki Hand Position 11

Legs and feet

Position 12: Place your hands over your knees.

Reiki Hand Position 12

Reiki Hand Position 12

Position 13: Cup each foot with your hands.

Reiki Hand Position 13

Reiki Hand Position 13

Reiki Hand Positions Downloadable Chart

To download the full chart in PDF format, see below.

Reiki Hand Positions

Reiki Hand Positions

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  • jayanthi March 10, 2013, 2:21 am

    Very nice,self explanatory,useful

  • Lydia Fougeres March 10, 2013, 3:41 am

    Light & Blessings for the sharing

  • sally March 10, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Very useful love and light angel blessings

  • subramanian March 10, 2013, 2:03 pm

    Thank you ,nice,useful message
    vazhga valamudan

  • Rohini Goven Roychoudhury March 10, 2013, 6:42 pm

    Thank you so much. I was looking for such a chart!!!

  • Nicola Clarke March 10, 2013, 6:45 pm

    Thank you 🙂

  • Deborah Sue Emmons March 11, 2013, 12:08 am

    Thank you for sharing this. Very easy to understand, and the drawings are excellent! Light and love to you all 🙂

  • CV March 11, 2013, 2:02 pm

    many thanks.

  • Sridharbabu March 11, 2013, 5:24 pm

    It is the easiest method of hand positions. Sridharbabu.T

  • sari zac March 11, 2013, 5:24 pm

    no son necesarias tantas posturas, con equilibrar los 7 chakras principales es suficiente.

  • swaminathan March 13, 2013, 3:43 pm

    Nice and compact.
    Thank U

  • wendyates June 23, 2013, 11:34 pm

    Thank you for this very useful chart!

  • muad'dib June 24, 2013, 11:57 am

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  • kim August 27, 2013, 8:31 pm

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Geri Jackson September 4, 2013, 9:12 pm

    Wonderful chart…. Love the website. Seems like I learn something new or additional every day!

  • Carole Riley September 4, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Thank You For Sharing :))

  • sarah December 23, 2013, 12:32 pm

    Thank you:) needed it badly:)
    Bless you

  • Darryl Atherton February 11, 2014, 7:58 pm

    One of the clearest and most explanatory set of hand positions I have seen in print.

  • sugandi February 15, 2014, 5:59 am

    It’s too good. I was searching for this. Thanks a lot.

  • Omodun Ansa February 25, 2014, 12:58 pm

    The examples of the hand positions are nicely done. Thank you for sharing and it is most appreciated.

  • S.RAJA RAMAN February 27, 2014, 6:38 am

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    With love.

  • Bev March 3, 2014, 8:28 pm

    Thank-you so much for this.
    I’m glad I found your website.

  • sharmila March 6, 2014, 7:20 pm

    Thanks very helpful while doing reiki .

  • DR.ANGAMUTHU.R March 25, 2014, 2:28 am

    Thanks,very usefull

  • lali May 12, 2014, 4:24 pm

    very useful and effective. it is indeed great to have such selfless motivating intentions. i see nothing but universal energy behind it. let us enrich our-self with reiki blessings. looking forward for more support. thanks a ton

  • zul May 15, 2014, 6:46 am


  • Andrew Gilbert Fortuin Fortuin May 17, 2014, 10:00 pm

    Very good

  • paula May 27, 2014, 8:53 pm

    how funny! i already do these hand positions. thanks

  • Tonya June 17, 2014, 3:16 am

    Thank you I needed these Namsstep

  • Bhadresh June 17, 2014, 1:43 pm

    I learned 24 positions of Reiki. Reiki has been very effective for immediate relief from pain.

  • Gail June 21, 2014, 2:23 pm

    I Thank you, What do you say as you perform this? Namaste

  • Caroline June 25, 2014, 3:42 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, this is very useful and very easy to understand, blessings x

  • Nicholas July 8, 2014, 8:19 am

    Thank you so much for this great chart! I’ve been looking for one that has great detail and is very easy to understand.

  • anne gordon August 28, 2014, 12:51 pm

    Many Thanks.

  • kadouri September 9, 2014, 11:43 am

    Thank you so much !

  • Maria September 18, 2014, 8:00 pm

    Thank you

  • Lorraine September 30, 2014, 10:07 pm

    Thank you, very usefull

  • Josie October 23, 2014, 12:53 pm

    Thank you so much. Love & Light

  • mahesh ganatra November 11, 2014, 12:19 pm

    Just a extra large thank you.

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  • Irina January 20, 2015, 7:07 pm

    Very beautiful explained. Thank you! 🙂

  • Sabrina May 12, 2015, 9:35 am

    Thank you a lot for these pics! They are very helpful.

    Just a question…
    There are a lot of kind of Reiki in the world, with a lot of kind of positions, most similar, most different.

    I would like to know from which “type” of Reiki are they from?

    I mean are they from ORIGINAL JAPANESE REIKI, or from Alliance (Phyllis Lei Furumoto) Reiki… or?

    Thank you in advance for your reply

  • Avijit Ghosh, India May 14, 2015, 6:24 pm

    Why only 12 shown in place of 24 ?

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  • Arvind kumar August 24, 2015, 1:22 pm

    Thanks to you very much
    Nice chart.

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  • Anita September 2, 2015, 4:27 pm

    Is that necessary to give reiki all parts of body everyday?or only give reiki to seven chakras? I am confused

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    Also I want tho thank You for this excellent help. Now I am so happy, that I did not stop learning the english language. Thanks and Love

  • carol May 27, 2016, 4:45 pm

    Thankyou so much your charts make it so much easier when learning.
    Am going to print them off and make a wall vhart in my healing space.

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    Thank you for excellent help.

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    Thanks. God bless you

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  • Toby December 28, 2016, 6:09 pm

    Love and Light,thanks to you and Universe

  • Nuffy January 11, 2017, 1:27 am

    How long do you hold each position?

  • Wendy April 23, 2017, 10:17 am

    Thank you ???

  • Natalie October 20, 2017, 4:23 pm

    Thank you! I was just trying to study them last night and was having trouble following the sheet provided to me.

  • Jehovah Jireh March 4, 2019, 3:16 am

    Last night thought of some simple reiki and lol it pops up now.Thank you divine reiki and thank you too divine soul.I am one with you.
    Sending you love and light in return.
    I did this now and felt reiki energy. Beautiful!!

  • Radha Nair February 3, 2020, 7:02 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing the knowledge.

  • Ciria M Moore February 27, 2020, 10:11 pm

    Thank you so much, for this help me and others to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually.

  • Christy April 13, 2020, 2:02 am

    This is so much information and easy to understand. Thank you so much!

  • Ritu Agarwal July 23, 2020, 2:20 am

    Thanks for the help.

  • Louise Littlefield September 25, 2020, 4:03 pm

    Thank you so very much!

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  • Radha November 6, 2020, 8:28 am

    Very clear and very helpful !

  • Lingaraj November 7, 2020, 9:54 am

    Nice explained

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