Raku Massage(ray-koo) is the final symbol that you will learn when you become a Master in the Usui Reiki system of healing.
Also know as the “Fire Serpent”, it is primarily used for grounding the Receiver once an attunement to Reiki has been passed. It is drawn downwards from the head of the recipient to the ground, allowing the energy received during this process to remain inside the 7 chakras.
It is believed to symbolize a strike of lightening from the heavens, and is representative of the life force energy (also known as chi) that runs down the spine, through our chakras.
The Raku Massage may also be used during healing sessions to ground the practitioner or the patient receiving a treatment. There are some practitioners that claim to be able to direct negative energy out of the body using the Raku symbol. This is not recommended unless you have properly trained in doing so. Directing energy in this manner can possibly have negative effects.
It is always best to allow the Intelligence of Reiki to remove any negative energy that may be sitting in the body, instead of taking the task on yourself. There are many other symbols that can be used to help remove blockages that may be encountered during a healing treatment.
It is not known where the Raku Massage originated from, as it is not an original symbol that was taught by Usui. It is speculated that it’s origins are Tibetan, and that Reiki Master Iris Ishikuro (who was a student of Mrs. Takata) incorporated the symbol into her Reiki Practice, which she named Raku Kei Reiki. It is believed that Raku-Kei is an Ancient Tibetan Healing Art of Self-Mastery, much like Reiki itself. The symbol and practice was brought to the West by Arthur Robertson, who was a student of Ishirkuro.
While all of these changes to the Original Usui Shiki Ryoho can be sometimes confusing, it is important to remember that the core principle remains unchanged – and that is to heal. The World around us is always in a constant state of change, and it seems only natural that through the Art of Reiki, of Self-Mastery, that the methods of how we heal with Reiki change with us so that we can better heal ourselves and each other