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Tip for Self-Reiki of the Spine

Article by Angie Webster

Do you treat your back with self-Reiki? There are wonderful reasons to treat the spine, back and kidneys when we do Reiki treatments, and especially when we do our daily self-Reiki. The spine is a major line of energy flow in our system. This flows from our brain all the way down into our pelvis. Most everyone has experienced pain or tension in their back and shoulders, or headaches. These are related to energy restriction along the spine in most cases. Problems in the arms, hands, hips and legs can be related to blockages here, as well. In fact, there are nerve centers coming from the spine that extend to every major area of the body. Keeping the energy of the spine open and balanced is quite a big deal! It can help so much in our body and in our emotional state, too.

Since most drawings of the chakra system show the energy centers on the front of the body, many people have come to believe that this is where they are located. However, the chakras anchor at the spine and their energy circulates through the front and the back of the body. There are also meridians that run the length of the body. These are similar to our nervous system or our blood vessels, except they carry our life force energy. There are energy storage centers along the route of these meridians that collect and hold energy for us. When the meridians are functioning well, energy flows as it needs to from one center to the other, connecting everything very nicely. We feel well and are healthy. But when difficulties arise, such as stress and negative emotions, these become blocked or sluggish. Reiki helps to clear these and open the flow back up.

When I do self-Reiki, I typically make a point to treat my back, paying particular attention to my spine and my kidneys. Not only does it feel warm and soothing, but I can feel the energy opening in my spinal column when I do this. It makes a huge difference in the way I feel. Yet it can sometimes be challenging to reach my spine, especially if I am experiencing a blockage which is creating restriction. This is precisely when I need treatment the most! So I recently developed a method to assist me with self-Reiki of the back. It works beautifully, so I am sharing it with you!

Tip for Self Reiki of the Spine

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This is done in the shower with the assistance of the water flow. I typically do this at the end of my shower and it takes only a minute or so. If you don’t have a shower, or if you prefer to do it without getting wet, you could simply visualize the water flowing.

  1. Ground and drop into your body as you stand under the flow of the water, with your back to the shower spray. Allow the water to flow down the back of your head from the crown, all the way down your spine. Ask the water to assist you in treating your spine.
  2. Begin to imagine that the water is infused with Reiki. You could send Reiki to the shower head prior to beginning, if you like, or you can simply send love and Reiki to the water as it falls.
  3. Imagine that the Reiki infused water is flowing into your head, through your brain and down your spinal column all the way to the base. You may see it become a color or it may appear as a column of bright light. Whatever you see (or don’t see) is fine and perfect. It may change each time.
  4. If you like and it is comfortable, place one hand on top of your head or at the top of your spine and the other hand at the base of your spine and allow Reiki to flow through the spinal column.
  5. Finish by placing one hand on each kidney (on the back, under the ribs) and allow Reiki to flow. Ask the water to continue to assist by sending Reiki infused water to this area. When I do this, water naturally flows down my arms to the kidney area I am treating.

This feels wonderful, whether I do it in my morning shower, or at the end of a day when my back feels tight. I can feel the blockages release very quickly and see the energy flowing smoothly. I firmly believe that regularly treatment of the spinal area is so important, so I am happy to have found this.
Give it a try!

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Angie Webster
Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).

{ 27 comments… add one }
  • Preeti Jhalani January 25, 2016, 12:08 pm

    Please let me know where to buy healing Crystals ?also how to ensure that Crystals r pure

    • Serenity Energy Healing January 25, 2016, 4:39 pm

      I’m sorry Preeti, but crystal purchasing is not my specialty. You would have to consult someone else for that question.

  • Vedant January 25, 2016, 4:02 pm

    I will surely give this a try tomorrow. Thank you Angie 🙂

  • Divyanshi January 25, 2016, 6:18 pm

    That’s so wonderful to know. And yes spine is the most important part of the body.. i have learned in past all diseases actually originate with the blockages in the spine. Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful healing trick. 🙂

  • Christina January 26, 2016, 5:44 am

    Thank you for sharing this information… I know it’s helpful… just reading it over and visualizing myself doing this set off all kinds of kriyas (spontaneous body twitches). 🙂

    • Serenity Energy Healing January 27, 2016, 11:43 am

      You’re welcome! Yes, I sometimes visualize the exercise rather than actually get in the shower to do it and I can feel the difference as the energy releases.

  • Hilary February 8, 2016, 12:07 pm

    Thank you this is great I have suffered with neurological pain issues for 3 years.

  • Carolan Ivey February 8, 2016, 5:53 pm

    Thank you! What a lovely ritual. 🙂

  • Kaynis Chong February 9, 2016, 6:27 am

    Thank you Angie, for sharing this wonderful ritual for me to diligently self heal.
    I am a Reiki Master and had a spinal accident injury which need Physiotherapy and long term Reiki Healing, now slowly recovering after two years, striving to stand independently to walk with crutches. Would appreciate kind benevolent fellow Reiki’s to invoke Distance Healing to reduce my neurophatic pains and for my spinal nerves to reconnect to build back my muscles.
    Please do email or connect via my now inactive images on Facebook, kaynis@gmail.com.

    Namaste????????????, Kaynis.

    • Serenity Energy Healing February 9, 2016, 5:40 pm

      Kaynis, I send you all the best wishes and lots of healing light toward your healing progress. Blessings to you.

      • Kaynis Chong February 13, 2016, 4:01 am

        Thank you Angie, for sending energy light for my healing.
        Namaste ????????????????????.

  • Sylvie St.Pierre February 9, 2016, 2:50 pm

    Dear Angie Webster,
    I have been a certified Traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher for 17 years, a certified Karuna Reiki Master Teacher and a certified Reiki Grand Master with the Grand Master Reiki Academy and whenever students come to me for treatments, often I found a wet and humid feeling when I placed my hands on their Ckakras. I can tell you the feeling is quite discusting. I asked them how and where they did their self healing (for it to feel so awful). All of those have answered they were doing their Ckakra work in the bath.
    So that explained everything. So, with all due respect, I highly suggest NOT to do Ckakra work in water.
    I suggest that since all visualization is powerful, there is no reason to visualize Reiki flowing in the water. Just visualize it as Light flowing into your Chakras. It will work just as well to reach your back.
    Thank you for understanding

    • Serenity Energy Healing February 9, 2016, 5:54 pm

      I value all input and perspectives, so I thank you. However, this has not been my experience and I would love to share my perspective with you, as well.I work very well with the water element, and I respect that the element of water is part of our bodies and our world. I work with all of the elements–earth, or the body, air, or the breath, fire, or the heat and spirit within us, and water, which can be recognized within our cells and also as the emotions. Water is very fluid when it is moving and healthy. It should not feel disgusting, but healthy and vital. When something of the water element is out of balance, it will feel stuck & unhealthy or possibly threatening. For example, when an emotional energy is stuck in a chakra, it will feel thick, fluid like and stagnant. Very heavy, and it can appear brown or black to those who see energy. This is similar to a pool of water that has stopped moving and become stagnant. The water is not to blame, it simply has no movement. The same is true for extremely overactive emotional energy in a chakra. It feels upsetting and overwhelming, like water that is moving too quickly. Such as a tidal wave or flood waters. Again, the water is not wrong or bad, it is simply overactive in it’s energy. This is how I see and feel the energy of emotions in chakras. To me it is very much like water that is in various states of movement. When we use Reiki to re-balance the movement of energy in the system, the energetic state returns to balance as well.

  • Antoinette Goud March 20, 2016, 8:01 pm

    Thank you for this idea. I often think about addressing the back chakras for my self. This is another way I can reach those back chakras. I also sometimes envision my spine in front of my body (a few inches away from the body) and treat it with my hands along the “spine”.

  • Kim Roadley May 14, 2016, 8:51 pm

    After 37 years of nursing my back is in a bad way,I will try this, sounds wonderfully easy,thankyou

  • Bora Borah May 14, 2016, 11:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing this method. I will try this soon. I always give reiki to/through my spine. Laying in bed with one hand under my neck and the other hand under my tailbone. And the energie in my chakra’s will balance.

    • Angie Webster May 17, 2016, 8:12 pm

      That’s an excellent way to balance your energy! A really good shortcut!

  • Deepika July 6, 2018, 3:27 pm

    I am suffering from spine issues. Need guidelines to do self reiki. I don’t travel anywhere as my both legs are affected Kindly advice

  • Angie Webster Healing July 6, 2018, 9:27 pm

    Yes, Deepika, daily self Reiki can help you cope with this issue. Reiki should be seen as a supportive measure, which needs to be used in combination with medical care and other supportive measures.

  • Deepika July 7, 2018, 2:40 am

    I am new to reiki actually hence asked you about steps for self reiki. I have never tried until now.

  • Angie Webster July 7, 2018, 3:27 am

    You will need to be trained and attuned in Reiki to do it. However, you can certainly practice placing your hands on yourself and sending loving energy while breathing calmly and deeply. Do this for at least 5-10 minutes each day. You can even visualize loving energy or light flowing through your body and your spine. This isn’t Reiki, precisely, but it is very helpful.

  • Valerie April 3, 2019, 6:41 pm

    Brilliant ideas. As I first qualified in reflexology, here is a simple way to do the spine reiki. If you don’t know reflexology, get a reflexology chart of the Hands, not feet, locate this, then place your fingers and thumb of one hand along the spinal reflex of the other hand, then channel Reiki in your usual way
    Best wishes
    Valerie UK

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