- The hand positions in Reiki also broadly correspond to the location of the
major endocrine glands of the body. They are catalysts for chemical reactions
that regulate all important processes in the body - metabolism, aging, growth,
stamina, weight, sexuality, moods, and the body's ability to reduce pain and
heal itself. The glands work together in harmony. For example, the thyroid
gland produces thyroxine, which helps activate the adrenals; and adrenals in
turn energize the sexual glands, and sexual excitement stimulates the thyroid.
These intricate chains of reactions are directly and adversely affected by
stress. In Reiki we give an overall body treatment that reduces stress and
allows the glands to rebalance body chemistry.
- With the head positions, we activate the pineal gland and the master gland,
the pituitary. The pineal gland, in relation to the amount of light falling upon
the body, regulates skin pigmentation and sexual development. The pituitary
regulates sleep, growth, and body fluids, and stores mood-enhancing hormones.
Treating the pituitary enhances states of mind, heightens the senses of smell
and taste, and encourages the body to replace aging cells.
- At the throat position we balance the thyroid gland. This gland regulates
the rate at which we burn the food we eat and the rate and intensity at which we
live. The thyroid keeps iodine in the body at the correct level, at a similar
ration in our blood as it is in our mother, the sea. The thyroid gland
regulates mucous membranes, aids digestion, and builds nerve and brain issue.
Proper working of the thyroid gland keeps us at the right weight for our body
- The parathyroid gland, sitting on the thyroid, regulate the calcium in our
body. The right amount of calcium enables us to feel calm and keeps our bones
strong, reducing the chance of osteoporosis.
- At the chest position we harmonize the thymus gland. The thymus is
responsible for producing T-cells, one of the body's primary defenses against
disease. This important gland is very responsive to our state of mind and can
instantly correct imbalances in energy flow.
- The solar plexus (two inches above the waist), we treat the liver,
pancreas, the spleen, and the back position, the adrenals. The liver, a major
organ, metabolizes different foods, stores important vitamins and minerals, and
detoxifies external and internal poisons from the body. The bile produced by the
liver assists in fat digestion and keeps the colon lubricated.
- The pancreas controls carbohydrate metabolism and produces enzymes that
promote good digestion. Throughout the pancreas are scattered the Isles of
Langerhans. These little glands regulate the amount of sugar in the blood.
Keeping blood sugar balanced helps us avoid diabetes, hypoglycemia, and mood
- The spleen boosts our immune system by cleansing the blood of
micro-organisms, producing white blood cells, and storing blood for use in
emergencies. Hormones from the adrenals provide the base for the digestive
enzymes and help the body fight infections, heal inflammations, and reduce pain.
Proper functioning of the adrenals stimulates sexuality and creativity.
Consistently balancing the adrenal glands with Reiki treatments provides quick
energy, stamina, and good muscle tone.
- At the sacral chakra we treat the sexual glands -- the ovaries and testes.
These glands regulate male and female sexual characteristics, fertility, and
emotional states. When sexual energy flows through the whole body, we feel alive
and happy. When hormones are out of balance, we may experience premenstrual
syndrome (PMS), ovarian cysts, or prostate problems.
- This information is given in some detail in order to help us remember how
much we can help ourselves when we use our hands to relax and harmonize each one
of these tiny glands.