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How to treat yourself using Reiki

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Reiki is a form of spiritual practice, most often associated with a method of hands-on healing. While most practitioners would insist that the only way to become an accomplished Reiki healer would be through a degree program, most of us can draw benefit from a basic self-treatment without prior training. Try the following method if you feel in need of a lift!
What you'll need: 
A comfortable, upright chair
1: 
Choose a time where you can be undisturbed for at least twenty minutes, preferably an hour. Limit the opportunity for distractions (turn off the phone, put up a notice, etc.)
2: 
Sit down on your chair, keeping your back straight. Close your eyes.
3: 
Breathe deeply; imagine drawing the breath deeply into your abdomen. Hold your breath for one or two seconds before exhaling slowly. Repeat a few times until you are nice and relaxed.
4: 
Begin to imagine a golden energy (Reiki) flowing through you, permeating every organ and bathing every cell in your body. Take your time; don't rush.
5: 
Place flat - or slightly cupped - hands on any part of the body which you feel, consciously or intuitively, needs particular attention. Leave them in position for as long as you feel comfortable.
6: 
Repeat treatments regularly. Move on to using this method at less structured times (e.g. on the bus, at the supermarket, in the bath, etc.)
Conclusion: 
These steps are deceptively simple: the effectiveness of Reiki healing lies in the ability to allow energy to flow, rather than in actively attempting to 'do' anything. This comes with experience.
Tips: 
For further development, there are Reiki degree programs in most towns and cities.
Free taster sessions are often available at healing fayres or other mind, body, spirit events.
Warnings: 
Reiki healing is a form of complementary medicine and should not be used as an alternative treatment for serious medical conditions

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