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Reiki Hand Positions for Healing Others with Downloadable PDF Chart

Standard Reiki treatments usually last for an hour or so, and they cover all body areas and chakras.

The images below are suggested hand positions for healing others. We have another article with hand positions for self-healing here.

There are variations of these positions, and some Reiki Masters teach different hand positions. If you’re in doubt, it’s best to stick to what your Reiki Master has taught you, or to follow your intuition, try different things, and see what works best for you.

At the end of the article, there’s a PDF chart you can download and print.


Position 1: The eyes.

Reiki Hand Position 1 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 1 – Healing Others

Position 2: The ears.

Reiki Hand Position 2 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 2 – Healing Others

Position 3: Back of the head.

Reiki Hand Position 3 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 3 – Healing Others


Position 4: Collarbones / shoulders.

Reiki Hand Position 4 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 4 – Healing Others

Position 5: Chest (hands forming a T)

Reiki Hand Position 5 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 5 – Healing Others

Position 6: Higher abdomen / lower thorax

Reiki Hand Position 6 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 6 – Healing Others

Position 7: Middle abdomen

Reiki Hand Position 7 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 7 – Healing Others

Position 8: Lower abdomen

Reiki Hand Position 8 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 8 – Healing Others

Position 9: Hip area (ovaries area for women)

Reiki Hand Position 9 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 9 – Healing Others


Position 10: Knees

Reiki Hand Position 10 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 10 – Healing Others

Position 11: Ankles

Reiki Hand Position 11 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 11 – Healing Others

Position 12: Feet

Reiki Hand Position 12 - Healing Others

Reiki Hand Position 12 – Healing Others

Reiki Hand Positions for Healing Others – Downloadable PDF Chart

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Reiki Hand Positions for Healing Others

Reiki Hand Positions for Healing Others

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  • Jackie Frith February 15, 2014, 10:10 am

    Thank you so much. I will include this in my Reiki Manual for my students. Was struggling to find something like this on the internet

  • Cristina February 26, 2014, 9:36 pm

    Hi too like your chart! It’s fun and contemporary compared to others out there! Thank YOU!!!!

  • Michelle April 8, 2014, 1:49 pm

    The photos don’t show the “crown chakra” at all

  • Anuradha April 15, 2014, 5:04 am

    Thanx a ton. May God bless you.

  • Fran April 19, 2014, 3:06 pm

    Insightful and interesting book…Many thanks for this wonderful book and I look forward using this on many different areas with my clients.


    Fran from: Infinite Rainbow Tarot Card Readings

  • Francisco May 8, 2014, 7:21 am

    I wonder too why there is no hand position on the Crown chakra.
    But the chart is very helpful

    • Jackie Frith May 8, 2014, 8:08 am

      I have read that we shouldn’t place hands on the crown chakra during a treatment as it can block the crown chakra from the divine/source.
      I have always placed hands on crown chakra in treatments so was a bit shocked to read this

      • Bernard Berrie October 3, 2018, 12:33 pm

        I cannot understand how people get so tied up with the chakras. They originated from India and have never been mentioned in Sensei Usui`s system of Reiki. I am 81yrs old and have been healing for well over 60 years and I only practice the Jikiden Reiki which (with the present knowledge) is as close to Usui`s way as anything. I am learning Japanese and read all the books that the Japanese authors have written. I am not saying that other systems are wrong because it is not my place to judge I am just saying that the system I use is right for me as I am sure you feel the same with your system. If it works for you then do it! Just broaden your outlook and read as much as you can. It can`t hurt!

        • Maree Alaina Graham October 3, 2018, 10:07 pm

          Bernard Berrie, I agree with you 100%.Healing comes with feeling.You know it`s right when the recipient tells you “I have no pain”

  • mada May 20, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Is it ok not to put the hands on the back of the body??? I knew that we should give reiki on both sides of the body.Somebody could explain?

    • Sabi July 3, 2014, 3:49 pm

      You are true… It’s preferable to work on both sides of the body during a full reiki healing session

      • Jean October 25, 2015, 11:04 am

        I was taught that Reiki finds where it needs to go and therefore you dont need to turn the patient over???

  • maryann sumaraga June 8, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Friendly easy quick review. Love the charts, the for sharing. I can use this with clients

  • Jose June 26, 2014, 3:29 am

    Very helpful. After a bit of experience this becomes unnecessary. You just sit in room with client and let it flow! You can also use an energy ball and monitor it as it moves thru the client. It amazes me how many “Masters” don’t include hand positions in the workbooks.

  • Jose June 26, 2014, 3:36 am

    Mada,, front and back, yes,, in advanced levels you will know different! “Intention” is key. Also you will evolve into an “Artiste” of Reiki and realize how many options you have in delivering a thorough session. Thank you Reiki Rays for all the help and info that you provide. Namaste’

  • Lynda Johnson July 7, 2014, 6:36 am

    Thank you for sharing these tips and charts – it is very generous of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Nicholas July 8, 2014, 8:23 am

    Just what I was looking for and came at the perfect time. Thank you.

  • Carole Smith August 26, 2014, 8:30 am

    Thank you very much for allowing this download. This and the personal healing chart is amazing, so simple to understand, but so effective. I will use it with my students to help spread the Reiki message. Thank you so much, for this and your website which is full of good information and help.

  • Sarah Broadway September 1, 2014, 10:00 am

    Thank you so much.

  • Paula Smith September 1, 2014, 11:15 am

    I love all your interesting and informative articles. First thing I do every morning is to go on Facebook and read and save all your nice tricks on Reik and then practice them. Thanks so much for your generosity.

  • Karen December 7, 2014, 3:38 pm

    I love doing Reiki on my clients feet…one hand on top and one on the bottom. The hands just seem to naturally fit in this position. I see people visibly relax with this hand position and sometimes even sigh out loud. It is wonderful.

  • Julie Eades December 7, 2014, 11:38 pm

    awesome thank you .

  • leonor December 30, 2014, 9:42 pm

    Thanks a lot for sharing! Your pictures are diferent and beautiful. <3

  • jean January 13, 2015, 7:52 pm

    Thank you! Xx

  • Rosanna urena January 15, 2015, 11:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Michelle January 26, 2015, 7:14 am

    I was also taught the top of the head, over the crown chakra. Interesting the different ways this can be done, yet the client still benefits.

  • Dave July 27, 2015, 12:28 pm

    How long do you hold the hands there?

    • Chandra Biswas July 2, 2018, 10:51 am

      I do it for 3 minutes. My master taught me so.

  • Maria Georgalas September 14, 2015, 9:46 pm

    Thankyou so much for sharing. I am even more keen to develop my experience of this ancient healing art.

  • Luz Milagros September 15, 2015, 2:00 am

    Thank you so much.

  • Diane Tippins August 7, 2016, 6:52 pm

    Thank you for your generous gift.

  • Sharon September 18, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Thank You!

  • Patricia September 19, 2016, 3:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing these hand positions it’s very helpful.

  • Jana October 20, 2016, 3:17 pm

    Thanks a million for sharing, it’s lovely to share it with others <3

  • Jan Dodd January 14, 2017, 3:14 pm

    Thank you so much for the charts they will be very useful. Thank you also for the books I am really enjoying them and rediscovering the delight of Reiki x

  • Maree Alaina Graham August 12, 2017, 4:38 am

    What a great service you have provided.I have just become a Reiki Master and this site can only enhance my knowledge.Thank you so much.

  • Desne October 30, 2017, 2:12 pm

    Thankyou for the charts, will come in very useful. Love and light

  • George February 18, 2018, 8:05 pm

    Maybe there is a time to let go of positions. I was taught most of the positions.
    Then intuition interrupted it all. A woman was on the table. I put my hands on the back of her head and my thumbs on her temples. I brought up the emotions of love, peace and joy She moved then shook violently.
    Afterwards she said “How can you send me so much love when I do not love myself?” The healing was done. One sample of love, the rest is hers to create

    • Bri July 29, 2020, 9:58 pm

      I was taught by my reiki master that the hand positions are a good “guide” but that our intuition will tell us where to place our hands and for how long. Of course when healing someone else in a timed session we need to keep some idea of time, I find that I feel energy flow much more freely when I let go of (x) amount of minutes with (y) hand position during a session.

  • Ingrid April 27, 2019, 7:25 pm

    The downloads aren’t working anymore on this site!

  • Brenda Chung February 21, 2020, 11:40 am

    What a beautiful gift, thank you so much <3

  • Carolynn March 20, 2020, 5:03 pm

    When you click on the link for Reiki Hand Positions for Others it comes up with the self-treatment instead

    • Carolynn March 20, 2020, 5:05 pm

      Please ignore my previous comment!

      It is now working…not sure what happened but all is good!!! Thank you, Carolynn

  • Robin Griffin July 21, 2020, 9:58 pm

    Thank you so much explains alot

  • Aura Alezones October 2, 2020, 1:33 am

    Infinitas gracias por compartir, hablan de unos libros, los buscare y los traduciré, confio con Google

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