During a Jikiden Reiki treatment the practitioner places his or her hands directly on the receiver while they remain fully clothed and relaxed, typically on a massage couch. When treating the head, we use a tenugui (cotton cloth) to cover the eyes, which can aid relaxation and improves hygiene when touching the face. In Japan you can find tenugui in every household.
Many Reiki styles teach that Reiki treatments are hands off, but this was not how Reiki was originally taught. While there are situations where we might recommend this (e.g. when treating burns or other sensitive areas), Usui sensei taught his students to touch, and there are good reasons for this such as giving a more focused, concentrated treatment and being able to feel byosen more easily.
In Jikiden Reiki we direct a treatment to those specific areas that we have identified as having a build-up of byosen (toxins). Also, the warmth of the hands (both the physical warmth and the Reiki warmth) can help relax the receiver. If the receiver prefers not to be touched directly that is alright too, but we do recommend it. The length of a session is usually between one hour to ninety minutes and prices vary depending on the practitioner. Do ask to see a practitioner’s certificate before receiving a treatment.
Psychological Reiki treatment (Seiheki chiryo in Japanese) has many useful applications including assisting in the treatment of unwanted habits, fears, addiction and serious mental illness. This method is taught at Okuden level along with the distance Reiki (Enkaku) method. It is an original method created by Mikao Usui. In Usui’s time the treatment was not as common as it is now, but Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her family have found cause to use it more and more over the years. Maybe this is a reflection of modern life.
The basic idea of this treatment is that it reaches the receiver’s sub conscious, as well as conscious.
Any problem of the mind can be treated with a psychological Reiki session. This could be a minor problem such as an unwanted habit, or bed wetting in children, to more severe, deep routed issues. Those who learns Jikiden Reiki up to Okuden level can also treat their own issues.
The sensations experienced in psychological Reiki treatment can be similar to a hands-on treatment, but they are not the same since with this method we are not dealing with toxins held in the body (Byosen). Psychological Reiki can often feel a bit more intense, 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 because the treatment only gives the receiver what they can cope with and is completely safe, having been used for almost a century in Japan without any problems.