Is it wrong to cross your legs or arms during a Reiki treatment?

Q: Is it wrong to cross your legs or arms during a Reiki treatment?

A: No. Reiki energy can travel over any distance, so why should it get “stuck” if you cross your legs or arms? Your energy pathways are many, and run throughout your body. Your aura carries a large amount of your energy as well. Reiki energy flows where you are ready to receive it, and you naturally absorb it in those areas when you are receiving Reiki.

One thing to note is that crossing your arms can be a rather “closed” posture, which could potentially trick your mind into thinking that you are not receptive to the energy, but are “closed” to receiving any. I always encourage my clients to sit comfortably in a chair with palms facing upward on their lap, because that is a receptive posture. Similarly, lying down should be comfortable, and arms crossed over one’s chest would possibly be both less comfortable, and also indicate that “closed” sort of attitude that the mind might translate into a mental or emotional attitude against receiving energy.

So the message here is anything that helps you to be receptive when receiving a Reiki healing is a good thing. Examples: relaxing, assuming a receptive posture, and simply being in the moment, with quiet inner observation as your presence.

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About Reiki Awakening

Alice Langholt is a parent, author and teacher with Master level training in several Reiki modalities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development ( Alice is the author of the new Reiki resource, Practical Reiki TM: for balance, well-being, and vibrant health. A guide to a simple, revolutionary energy healing method, which won second place for Best Reiki Book in the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards. Alice maintains a local Reiki practice as an Associate at Insight Learning and Wellness Center in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In addition, she has authored eBooks in Distance Healing and Energetic Protection, as well as specific curricula in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers (approved by the Ohio Board of Nurses for continuing education units), and more. Alice spent a year volunteering at The Cleveland Clinic offering Reiki to patients and staff, and is a Group Leader with The Distance Healing Network ( She will teach Practical Reiki in Lily Dale, NY (August 2013), and gives workshops at holistic expos around the US. Alice is rated the #1 most influential person on Twitter under the category Reiki by Her husband, Evan, and their four kids know and use Reiki. As a teacher, Alice believes that close guidance and mentoring are essential elements for learning energy healing. She provides this support to each student, getting to know each and assist him or her in growing intuition and becoming confident practitioners. Receive Reiki, order pendulums, energy charged stones, and more by visiting Alice at
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6 Responses to Is it wrong to cross your legs or arms during a Reiki treatment?

  1. I don’t personally know where that attitude came from but I do agree that holding any posture in which you are putting out there that you are “closed” would be counterproductive because it’s setting up that sort of mental attitude and we all know the power of the mind. An aside with the crossing of legs…I think what might be a plausible reason is that some folks are fidgety, like myself, and may need to frequently change positions. Also staying in just one position for awhile can lead to body parts falling asleep. Granted if you keep your healings (or just notice that they are) brief then it really doesn’t matter, but if you were to keep someone for an hour or more there might definitely be a problem with sensation loss due to non-movement and the crossing and constricting of blood vessels to an area.

    What I tell my clients, “Sit comfortably, I’ll work around you.” This is especially important when dealing with someone who may have an injury or other ailment that doesn’t allow them to maintain a certain position!

  2. Ranjan says:

    This is really good post. Earlier somebody suggested me seat in Vajrasan( and hands are in Namste( position. So I was generally practicing in the same position. But this post somehow changed my mind.

    • Thank you for your comment. I think the most important thing for a Reiki practitioner is to have a mindful practice. Don’t accept everything you are taught as “the law” but try things that feel right to you and let your experience be your teacher. I am glad to provide advice that helped you self reflect on your practice. Love and light, Alice

  3. Thank you so much. BEcause of years of medidation, my body automatically responds very well to crossed legs positions. My Reiki work was better before someone told me I should not cross my Today, after weeks trying to do it in other positions less effectively, I am coming back to were I belong. 🙂 thank you, for real.

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