By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
A reminder that our feet need Reiki too and HOW to do it!
This topic keeps coming up at the Reiki circles each month. At the circles we have other people working on us and our feet get lots of Reiki. Typically we have three to five people surrounding us at Reiki circle all practicing Reiki at the same time. It is inevitable that someone will be at the feet each time. My husband is a foot person so he loves to be entrusted with that area during circle. I prefer the head or the body. We do our best to move around during circle so each person gets to experience a different side and perspective, but we still tend to have our most comfortable areas.
Poor Ignored Feet
I admit it, I am not a foot person. I don’t like to have people massage my feet, tickle my feet or even touch my feet. Just not into it. So, I also admit, I’m the first to skip my feet when I’m doing a Reiki Self Healing. There, I admitted it…I skip my feet! I get down to my knees and then think “Ok, that’s good, I did my self-treatment.”
7200 Nerve Endings In Our Feet
It is good. Better than not doing it at all, but our feet work very hard for us, every single day. They deserve more attention that I’m giving them, and maybe your feet do too.
Another reminder – Our feet are also critical to our whole bodies’ health. Every nerve line in the body ends in the feet. According to the RAA, each foot has 7,200 nerve endings in it.
And while reflexology practitioners sometimes talk about manipulating “energy,” the basic theory seems to rest with these nerve endings, which would love to be massaged, energized and activated with Reiki also. Reiki is always gentle and safe.
As well, we have a nice sized chakra in our feet which very importantly brings up Mother Earth energy for grounding. No surprise with the way I have ignored my feet that this is a continual issue for me. No judgment, we all have our issues. So, you can see, as a reminder to myself and all of you, our feet need more attention than we are giving them. Reiki is the perfect, gentle way to give your feet that attention whether you love to have your feet touched, or not. Thank goodness, with Reiki you can do it either way, touch or no touch.
Our feet are probably the most uncomfortable to get to. It’s an awkward position to lift our feet up and do Reiki on them on our lap. I have many clients who physically cannot do this due to age or physical issues. Then others like me who get so far and then finish or fall asleep before the feet get Reiki.
HOW TO REIKI OUR FEET
We talk about this in Reiki I beginning class. I’m thinking most teachers probably cover this. But, since this topic keeps coming up at circles, I figure a little reminder doesn’t hurt.
HOW to Reiki Your Feet
- Traditional method – put one foot at a time up on your lab and do hands on Reiki on your foot. Two hands on one foot at a time. One on top and one on bottom works nicely. (see photo above)
- Beaming method – Simply put your feet up on a cushion, ottoman,on the bed or even keep them on the floor, and beam the Reiki from your hands to your feet. One at a time would be best but to beam Reiki at your feet at all, at this point, is all good.
- Eye beam – beam the Reiki through your eyes, with intention, to your feet one at a time or at the same time. This may take practice if you have not done it before, but what better way to practice this than by doing Reiki on the hard to reach feet?! Simply hold the intention in your mind, body and spirit that you are beaming Reiki through your eyes to your feet and then look at your feet. Imagine this is working and ask Divine to send your Reiki guides to add help for you. They will give you insight as to how to do this.
Please remember, the comfort of your body is important. You do not want to injure yourself in any way while doing Reiki. Do what feels good to your body first and foremost and the Reiki energy will flow more abundantly and with ease.
Yes, definitely work with your Reiki symbols with your feet. I bet your feet will soak up the extra love and attention. Using grounding symbols at this point would be fabulous since your feet are one area where you may bring up Mother Earth energy for grounding. The Power Symbol (CKR), or the two Master Symbols (UDKM or TDKM) would work beautifully. And, of course, since with Reiki there is no wrong, work with any other symbol that your intuition advises for your feet. It’s all good!
I pray this little reminder will get some of your feet feeling the love very soon. I know my feet are much happier. Thank you to all of you who participate in the circles and help to bring so many blog ideas to share with others.
Blessings to you all,
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