Staying Comfortable During a Reiki Energy Session

Having good body mechanics in your Reiki healing sessions

by Reiki Training Classes in Healing With Reiki
Protect your back when you practice Reiki.

Protect your back and your spine when you practice Reiki

poor Reiki body mechanics

This is the opposite of what you want to do! I’m guessing the Reiki practitioner’s back hurt after this energy session.

In every Reiki healing class I teach, I always stress the importance of good body mechanics when you give a healing Reiki energy session.

“For both you and for the recipient, you want to have a straight, yet relaxed spine,” I tell the students. Doing so benefits everyone involved.

But even though I mention it in every Reiki course, I inevitably have to remind my students (and myself!) of this again and again.

Students taking Reiki courses are usually focused so intently on “doing it right” (even though you can’t do it “wrong” by the way!) and on their client that they forget about themselves.

good Reiki session body mechanics

Try this instead. See how straight his back is?

While you DO want to get out of the way as much as possible in terms of thinking and your mind, you always want to make sure you stay comfortable.

Hopefully you can practice good body mechanics so often that they become second nature and you automatically use them instead!


Why body mechanics are so important with Reiki?

Let me count the ways…

  1. As a channel for the Reiki energy, the straighter your spine, the easier the healing Reiki can pass through your body and into the recipient. The Reiki flows through you, just like water through a river. And just like a river, the water flows much easier when there are no dams blocking it or bends and detours it has to pass through.
  2. Keeping your back straight and bending from your knees instead of your back means a happy back and body when your session is finished. You want to feel alive and though you just received a Reiki session yourself (which you did according to our saying of, “Give a session, get a session.”) The last thing you want is to feel sore or have your lower back hurt. If this happens after you see a client, remember to pay more attention to yourself  and how you feel the next time you practice Reiki.
  3. Your client will pick up on your comfort level during a Reiki session. Like other healing modalities like massage and energy work, you usually have your hands on your client at some point during your session.
Reiki hands

Your client will pick up on your comfort level when you give a healing Reiki session.

After all, Reiki is known as “hands on healing”!  You are “sharing” energy with the client during the session, which means they can easily pick up on any stress or tension you feel.

And if your body feels uncomfortable, you will likely be noticing that, as will they.  (As an aside, this is also why I teach all people to separate their energy from their clients after every session.)

4. One session of poor posture may not hurt, but twenty probably will. The more sessions you do – and I’m hoping that you’re so excited about Reiki that you want to practice it constantly like I do! – the more important your stance is.

And there you have it… the four main reasons why you want to be comfortable and have good body mechanics during your healing energy session. The Reiki will flow better, you will protect your back and the client will feel more relaxed and at ease.

So many people take Reiki training classes and courses because they are healers and want to help others. This is a noble intention, but remember that all healing is essentially self-healing. Only when you feel whole, healthy and comfortable in yourself can you help others heal themselves.

So practice good posture during your Reiki session, and save yourself from needing Reiki for a sore back afterward!

Reiki symbols

YOU are the most important person in your life.

  1. Sophie says:

    Hi there! Thanks so much for this helpful article. Do you have any more specific tips, eg bending one knee to keep the spine straight? I am also experimenting with having the table at different heights. I also notice it’s more comfortable when my hands are resting on the client than when they’re hovering in the client’s energy field, especially if there’s any kind of leaning involved. I find the hands slightly above the client can feel very effective so I’d love to know any advice you have here please? Thank you!

    1. Reiki Training Classes says:

      Hi Sophie,

      Oh good, I’m so glad this article helped you! Let’s see, I think bending both knees and letting your thighs bear the brunt of your weight instead of your back has helped me. Of course, it’s not always easy to stay in a squat for a long period of time : ), but even bending down to pick up a crystal or a sound healing tool or something is better done in a squat position.

      I also think it’s great to experiment with different heights. I’ve found that with a computer as well, when I have a stand for my laptop that my neck and back feels better.

      Regarding resting your hands on the client versus hovering over them, I honestly feel both methods are great and work equally well! I love the feeling of support and comfort and heat from having someone’s hands on me, but at the same time I also love feeling the energy even when they aren’t touching me. Both ways feel great, so you should definitely choose whichever feels more comfortable for you at the moment. I wouldn’t worry for a second about sacrificing any of the powerfulness of the treatment.

      You could sit in a chair in the room with the person the entire session and just visualize yourself moving your hands and hovering them above the person’s body during the session and still give the person a VERY powerful Reiki session.

      Best of luck with everything, Sophie! I hope your Reiki practice is going just great!

  2. Melissa DelDrago says:

    I’m having such a hard time with a back injury right now that keeps getting aggravated when I have a full day of reiki clients. I volunteer at a cancer support center one a week and have patients lined up from the morning until the evening. A few weeks ago I was in so much pain that I had to just sit in a chair at the head and do half the session face up, focusing on the head, neck, & shoulders, and the other half face down. I was worried that they may not get the full range of benefits of a full body session. But, I trusted in my training and I trusted in the fact that the energy knows where it needs to go and will get there regardless of the point of contact. And you know what? I found that I was actually getting more feedback that strangely enough people were MORE relaxed and were able to zone out faster. There can be a few reasons for that, maybe my comfort in sitting with my spine straight facilitated stronger energy for, maybe my own comfort translated to their comfort, and/or I think their relaxation gets deeper & they are less distracted the less they hear and feel my movements and position changes. I’ve noticed since my very first sessions giving Reiki how uncomfortable most people are with having hands on their chest & abdomen. Breathing rates change, and people are often self conscious. So now in my practice I regularly focus up to 80% of the time on the head/neck/shoulders, based on the clients needs, I.e. if they are looking for deep relaxation vs specific pain relief for an injury, and based on their level of comfort with physical touch. The lesson I learned from my own bad body mechanics injury was to listen to the energy, trust it’s intelligence, and adapt to each unique circumstance. This way even when my own back is greatly bothering me I don’t have to miss a chance to offer Reiki sessions to cancer patients who truly need it.

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      Wow, thanks so much for your comment Melissa. You are doing a beautiful thing to offer Reiki to people who are going through such an intense time.

      I think you are absolutely right about your being more comfortable translating to your Reiki clients being more comfortable during the Reiki sessions. I always remind people that our comfort – as the Reiki practitioner – has to come first! For a number of reasons. Not only does it help the person on the table or receiving the Reiki to relax and move deeper, it also ensures we are able to continue practicing Reiki and helping people.

      Perhaps most importantly, our state of being and overall energy while we are giving Reiki always has an effect on whoever is receiving it. That’s why ultimately, all healing is really self-healing, right? When we are happy and vibrating at a really high rate, other people’s vibrations naturally rise as well just as a result of being around us.

      Also, we are lucky that we can always “turn our Reiki on” while we’re in the same room as the person and never touch them at all. They will still receive just as powerful of a session. I remind myself of this daily since one of my dogs is obsessed with Reiki. For him, a once-a-day hands-on Reiki treatment is perfect. But not for me and my back! So I often send him Reiki without ever touching him.

      Thanks again for sharing what you learned from your experience!

      Take care,


  3. David says:

    Do I have to use all the Reiki symbols together at once?

    Any information you can provide me would be most helpful.

    Thank you.

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      Hi David, to answer your question about whether you need to use all the symbols together, the short answer is No. We have a lot of freedom in how (and even if) we use the Reiki symbols. We can choose whether we even use them at all during a Reiki treatment – they really make the energy stronger and invite a particular frequency of peace, or power, let’s say, into the Reiki session.

      If you do want to use the Reiki symbols during a session, you can draw any symbols you want to in your hands right before you offer the session, or you can use a particular symbol when you’re at a certain part of the body and just feel like the person could use that symbol there. You can also draw the symbols with your hands in the air or physically on the person.

      You could do an entire session using just one symbol, or use all of the symbols you know. I would say that in any given Reiki session, I usually use 5-10 symbols at different times. And the symbols are different for each person I’m sending Reiki to!

      Hope that helps, David, take care!

  4. Rose Jolman says:

    Thanks so much for the info. I have a curvature (bad one) and quit doing Reiki because I was always in pain standing so long. I never considered bending my knee on the table and stretching. Very helpful, thank you! Rose

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      Hi Rose,

      Thank you so much for your comment. We’re always happy to hear when a Reiki practitioner or someone considering taking a Reiki course training learns something helpful from our website! In the Reiki Master Class that we took years ago, we actually learned a symbol that helps with spinal curvatures. It’s a bit hard to explain online, but you basically use both hands to do the Reiki Power Symbol. The left hand does the symbol as you normally would, and the right hand makes the symbol upside down. They both make the symbol at the same time, and at the end you join both sets of fingers together and imagine both symbols along a straight spine.

      If that doesn’t make sense, perhaps imagining small Reiki Power Symbols along your entire spine could help. And hopefully you aren’t in pain when you sit down, because who says you can’t offer Reiki from a seated position?!?!

      Good luck with everything, Rose, and we wish you all the best along your Reiki journey…

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