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How to Perform Reiki Chakra Healing

How to Perform Reiki Chakra Healing

By guest author Charlotte Thibault, Reiki Master Teacher, Wellness Content Creator & Mindset Mentor

Reiki is a form of energy healing which is reported to have all kinds of benefits for our mental and physical health.

But did you know that you can use reiki to heal your chakras? There’s actually a lot more overlap between reiki and chakra than you might realize.

In this article we explore how you can perform reiki chakra healing at home, the benefits for your energetic anatomy and a 12 step chakra reiki checklist so you can practice reiki self-treatment at home. 

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of energy healing, just like chakra healing. The aim of Reiki is to remove energetic blocks in our being which can cause energy to stagnate. These blocks can arise from past trauma, physical ailments or emotional issues like stress and overtime can cause further physical illnesses. 

By removing these blocks, divine energy can flow freely throughout the spiritual and physical body to support optimal health. 

The word reiki comes from the Japanese words “rei” which translates as universal and “ki” which translates as life force energy. Originating in ancient Buddhist tradition, it is thought to have been practiced for over 2,500 years.

Reiki is a type of energy healing which involves you lying on a massage table while a reiki practitioner places their hands gently on your body or just above your body. The practitioner will then move their hands around using different hand positions. That’s why you often see it referred to as palm healing.

Reiki is different to massage in that it doesn’t involve physical manipulation or pressure, and you can do it fully clothed. That said some reiki masters choose to apply a light touch when working on energetic imbalances.

The reiki practitioner is the conduit for universal energy, and as they move their hands they tap into energy fields around your body. In chakra reiki, the practitioner will focus their hands on or around your chakra centers. 

Reiki is often carried out by a trained reiki master or practitioner but that’s not essential – in fact with a bit of practice you can perform your own chakra reiki at home using our checklist below. 

Reiki v Chakra
The differences between Reiki and Chakras

What is the Difference Between Chakra Healing and Reiki?

Although Reiki and Chakra originate from different parts of the world (Reiki originates from Japan, while Chakra first appeared in India), they share very similar philosophies.

In reiki, universal energy (known as Ki) flows through a system of pathways in our energy body. This energy is our life force, and responsible for our wellbeing. 

In the Chakra tradition, life force energy is known as prana and similarly flows throughout our being through pathways known as nadis. The chakras are the vortexes or spinning centers where these pathways meet. We traditionally focus on 7 major chakras but there are believed to be 141 major, minor and micro chakras.

Just like with Reiki, the Chakra system is based on the idea that we need life force energy to flow freely throughout our chakras in order to support optimum physical, emotional and mental health. That’s why it’s important to heal and re-balance our chakras when they become blocked or under/over active. 

Reiki is a complementary therapy which is often performed by trained reiki practitioners but the good news is that you can experiment with chakra reiki healing at home (more on that below).

Chakras and their physical and emotional associations
Chakras and their physical and emotional associations

How Can Reiki Help with Chakra Healing?

Reiki chakra healing comes with several benefits. Because reiki is all about the flow of energy, it can support healing all around our physical and spiritual being. 

Chakra reiki can be used to heal and rebalance a particular chakra or it can be used to treat the whole chakra system. For example if you are suffering with a blocked Root Chakra, the reiki positions would be focused around your pelvic region, where your Root Chakra is located

This Japanese technique helps to guide healing universal energy to your chakra points which can unblock chakras so energy can flow through them freely and in a balanced way. 

In a chakra reiki session, you or a reiki master will begin by scanning your body to feel for energy imbalances in your energetic body. They will then focus their hands above the chakra which needs healing and direct vital energy towards it. 

What are the Benefits of Reiki Chakra Healing?

Reiki chakra healing is all about directing spiritual healing towards your chakra system and removing energy blocks so energy can flow freely through your being.

But chakra reiki can also help your physical and mental body in other ways, such as:

  • Stimulating your immune system
  • Relieving pain
  • Promoting physical and mental relaxation
  • Improving sleep
  • Reducing emotional pain
  • Improving focus and supporting other practises like chakra meditation

How to Heal your Chakra with Reiki at Home (12 Step Chakra Reiki Checklist)

Charlotte Thibault, Reiki Master Teacher, Wellness Content Creator & Mindset Mentor, shares her 12 step chakra reiki checklist which you can follow at home…

1. Find a space in your home where you feel comfortable and are undisturbed. Turn off any electronic devices in the room, such as the computer and your phone (or put on do not disturb mode).

  • Set up your space in a way that makes you feel relaxed. You can use chakra candles, plants, incents, crystals, a soft blanket or whatever you like for this.
  • Play some soothing calming music at a volume that feels pleasant for you.
  • Declutter your space if you feel distracted or anxious because of possible messiness.
  • Set up an alarm if you want to keep the session going for a certain amount of time only.

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2. Find a comfortable position for your self-healing practice. You can sit or lie down, whatever feels more pleasant for you.

  • If you are wearing a hat, headband, shoes, or an electronic watch – take them off for the duration of the session. This helps the energy to flow better. You can use pillows and blankets for extra comfort.

3. Start by closing your eyes and focusing on your breath.

  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Allow your belly to rise and fall as you inhale and exhale deeply into your stomach.
  • If it helps you to focus, breathe in for 4 seconds, and breathe out for 8 seconds. Repeat this for 10 cycles or until you feel relaxed and present in your body.

4. Let the Reiki energy flow in through your Crown Chakra. In Reiki the life force energy is called ki. In Chinese medicine, this energy is called chi. And in Yoga it’s called prana.

  • Imagine this life force energy as a bright white light stream moving down from the universe into the top of your head – your Crown Chakra.
  • This energy is filled with love and divinity. Visualize it moving down through your entire body, all the way to your fingertips and toes.
  • You can say a little affirmation here in your mind or out loud: ‘’I invite the Reiki energy to flow through me now’’.

5. Start the actual Chakra balancing by holding your hands on your Root Chakra. The Root Chakra is located in the base of your spine and is associated with the color red. It is your foundation, your connection to the earth and is related to the feelings of security, belonging and abundance.

  • Imagine the white light coming down through your Crown Chakra abundantly, in a steady flow.
  • Allow the energy to move to your hands. Visualize or feel your hands becoming filled with life force energy.
  • Imagine or feel this energy moving through your hands into your Root Chakra. If it helps you can imagine this energy center as a red flower that starts to blossom beautifully as you are bringing energy to it through your hands.
  • You can keep your hands here for as long as you feel the need to, there is no set time for it.

6. When you feel ready, move upwards and hold your hands on your Sacral Chakra. The Sacral Chakra is located below your belly button and its color is orange. It is your portal to your creativity, passion and sexual energy.

  • Visualize life force energy moving down through your crown into your hands.
  • Feel or imagine the energy shifts moving through your hands into your Root Chakra. If it helps, imagine the Sacral Chakra as an orange flower blossoming beautifully as you channel energy into it through your hands.
  • Keep your hands here as long as you need.
chakra colors chart
Chakra Colors Chart

7. Move your hands upwards to your Solar Plexus Chakra. This chakra is associated with the color yellow and is located under your rib cage. It is where your sense of self, confidence and power comes from. The Solar Plexus is also the energy center connected to your inner child.

  • Imagine the energy continuing to flow through your hand and hold it on your Solar Plexus Chakra.
  • Allow the warmth of your hands to soak into the chakra. If it helps, imagine the chakra as a yellow flower that is blossoming brightly as you pour energy into it.
  • Keep your hands here until you feel ready to move on.

8. Move your hands upwards to your chest, your Heart Chakra. This chakra is connected to the colors green and pink. It is your portal to love, compassion, empathy and feeling worthy.

  • Hold your hands on your chest and allow the energy to move through your hands into the chakra.
  • Imagine a green or pink flower blossoming beautifully as energy flows into this chakra.
  • Hold for as long as you need and move on when you are ready.

9. Continue moving your hands to your throat, your Throat Chakra. This chakra is blue and is your center of self expression and communication.

  • Feel the energy moving through your hands into your throat.
  • Imagine your throat being filled with blue energy.
  • In your mind’s eye, see a blue flower blossoming as the energy recharges your Throat Chakra.
  • Hold your hands here until you feel the urge to move on.

10. Hold your hands on your forehead, the Third-Eye Chakra. This indigo-blue chakra is your connection to your intuition, your ability to see beyond the physical realms and your clear thinking.

  • Imagine the energy moving through your hands as you hold them on your forehead.
  • Feel the warmth of your hands on your skin.
  • Visualize your third eye as an indigo-blue flower that is opening up as the energy moves through your hands into it.
  • Hold here until you are ready to move up to the last chakra.

11. Place your hands on the top of your head, your Crown Chakra. This chakra is purple and is your gate to universal life force energy, your connection to divine wisdom and matters related to your life-purpose.

  • Imagine your Crown Chakra as a purple flower blossoming as you draw in energy through your hands into your crown.
  • Feel the power of your palms and this energy.
  • Hold your hands here and allow the energy to flow as long as it feels good.

12. When you feel ready, you can start closing the session.

  • Move your hands to your sides, lap or anywhere they feel relaxed.
  • Take some deep breaths and allow the energy to fill up your entire body.
  • Thank the energy for flowing by using a simple affirmation like: ‘’Thank you for this healing energy.’’ And allow gratitude and love to fill you.
  • Imagine the entire room and your entire home or the space you are in to be filled with this energy.
  • Stay in this calm state until you feel ready to open your eyes and end the session.


Reiki is a really effective Japanese healing technique for supporting the major chakra centers as well as boosting your overall health and wellbeing. And while working with a reiki practitioner can be really helpful, using the 12 Step Chakra Reiki Checklist above means you can start experimenting with reiki treatment from the comfort of your own home. 

If you’re wondering which chakra to work on first, why not take our chakra test


  • Charlotte Thibault

    I'm Charlotte Thibault - I'm a Reiki Master Teacher, Wellness Content Creator and Mindset Mentor. My passion and expertise lies in sharing tools that help restore your inner peace and happiness.

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