The Hatsurei-Ho Technique
Hatsurei-Ho Technique

Hatsurei-Ho is a Japanese Reiki technique which combines cleansing and meditation practice, that helps to enhance your Reiki channel, and help you to grow spiritually.

It is an ideal way to start or end the day, or to begin your practice of Reiki, whether working with yourself or with other people. Although the description of the technique looks quite long, is actually quite simple and can take as little as 10 minutes.

Kihon Shisei – Standard Posture

Make yourself comfortable either sitting down on the floor or on a chair, then allow yourself to relax and close your eyes. Focus your attention on your Tan-dien, an energy point which is between 1 and 2 in (3 to 5 cm) below your navel.

Keep your hands on your lap, with the palms facing downwards and spend a few moments concentrating on bringing your breath into a slow steady rhythm.

Centre yourself, focus your thoughts, and you your intention to begin the Hatsurei Ho.

Kenyoku-Ho –Dry Bathing or Brushing

The brushing can be done either with contact or without contact. In the case of the latter, brush about 2 in (5 cm). Away from your body. Each of the movement is completed quite quickly. Focus on your breath in this part of the exercise, breathing out as you brush and making a sound as you exhale, such as “haah”.

1. Place the fingers of your right hand at the point where your collarbone. Meet your left shoulder, with your hand lying flat, fingers and thumb close together.

2. Draw the flat hand down with a quick, sweeping movement diagonally across your chest in a straight line, from your left shoulder down to your right hip. At the same time, expel your breath quickly, making a definite sound throughout the movement, for example “haah”.

3. Now do the same thing on the other side, placing your left hand on your right shoulder, fingertips, either collarbone, and brushed down on the right shoulder to the left hip, again exhaling loudly.

4. Return your right hand to your left shoulder, and repeat point 2 again, (right hand brushing directly from left shoulder to right hip whilst exhaling loudly). 

5. Next you’re going to repeat the process; however, this time instead of brushing diagonally across your body, you will be brushing up on your arms from shoulder to fingertips. Place your right hand on the edge of your left shoulder, we hand flat in your fingertips. Just on the edge of the shoulder, pointing slightly outwards.

6. Keep your left arm straight and at your side, sweep your right hand quickly down the outside of your arm, all the way to the fingertips of your left hand. At the same time, expel your breath quickly and loudly as before, making a definite sound throughout the movement.

7. Repeat this process on the other side, with your left hand on your right shoulder, brushing down quickly to the fingertips of your right hand, and exhaling loudly.

8. Switch back to the other side, and sweep your right hand down from your left shoulder to the fingertips, exhaling loudly.

Connect to Reiki

Now raise both your hands in the air above your head with your palms facing each other, 8 to 12 in (20 to 30 cm) apart, and visualise and feel the light and vibration of Reiki flowing into and between your hands and running through your whole body. The new can sense this vibration, continue the next section.

Joshin Kokyu Ho – Cleansing Breath

1. Now lower your arms and put your hands on your lap with your palms facing upwards, and breathe naturally and steadily through your nose. Begin to focus your attention on your sushumna (Hara line or central energy channel) and allow your body to relax.

2. Concentrate on your breathing, and as you breathe in, visualize Reiki as white light pouring into your crown chakra into your Reiki channel and down the sushumna and through your major chakras. Then imagine the Reiki spreading out, expanding to fill the whole of your body from the head to your toes from your shoulders to your fingertips. Sense it melting all your tensions away.

3. As you breathe out, visualise the Reiki light beginning to expand so that it flows through your skin spreading out to fill your aura, and then imagine it flowing beyond your aura in all directions to infinity.

4. Continue this process for a few minutes, or for as long as you wish, continuing to breathe Reiki in and out.


When you feel ready, but your hands together in their Gassho (or prayer) position in front of your heart chakra.

Seishin Toitsu – Concentration or Meditation

1. Keep your hands in the Gassho position, take your focus away from breathing through your nose and imagine that you are breathing through your hands.

2. As you breathe in, visualise the light of Reiki flowing in through your hands, and from there into your heart chakra. Imagine Reiki filling your heart chakra, and then sends it flowing into your sushumna. Visualise it flowing up and down your sushumna until it is filled with white light.

3. Then, as you breathe out, visualise that the light, which now fills your sushumna, is radiating out again through your hands, flowing out in spreading Reiki in all directions around the world and into the Universe.

4. Continue this process for a few minutes or for as long as you wish, breathing in Reiki through your hands and into your sushumna about of your hands again. Then let your mind settle into a peaceful, meditative state. (Note: if you were planning to do Reiju, this would be an ideal time to do it).

Gokai Sansho

In the traditional way, Japanese Reiki students would at this point say the Reiki principles allow three times. You may feel you would like to do the same, using, which ever version appeals to the most.


1. Place your hands back on your lap with the palms facing downwards, and intend that the Hatsurei Ho is completed.

2. Ground properly.

3. When you feel ready, open your eyes and shake your hands gently up and down. Massage your ear lobes if you desire. J

Giancarlo is a fully qualified Reiki Master, Spiritual Healer, Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist. He is a registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council, the Federation of Holistic Therapists, the Spiritual Regression Therapy Association and the General Hypnotherapy Register. Read more.