People who teach Reiki attunement may also teach chakra attunements. They may use crystals, candles or other accessories. Or, they may practice a very simple version of Reiki and use nothing other than their hands and the Reiki symbols.
Some people who teach Reiki attunement also practice massage therapy or other forms of healing touch therapies. No matter the technique, the energy that all of these practitioners use is the same. It is something that any of us can access. Different cultures and religious groups use different names for the energy. Universal life force is the name that we typically use, but any name is correct.
Chakra attunements were not originally part of Reiki training. The chakras were originally described in ancient Indian texts, known as the Vedas, the sacred texts of Hinduism. As the years have gone by, knowledge of the healing power of the chakras has been used in many belief systems and medical practices, including yoga, Dharma and Ayurvedic Medicine.
Although Usui (the first person to teach Reiki attunement in Japan) did not use the term chakra attunements, as far as we know, learning about the chakras fits in well with Reiki instruction. This is why some masters may teach about both Reiki and the healing chakras.
By definition, the term attunement simply means to be synchronized or aligned, but the term is only used to describe natural tendencies. It is natural for the universal life force to flow around and through each of our bodies, but sometimes some trauma, either physical or emotional, blocks the flow. So, a person who would teach Reiki attunement would teach another how to return the energy flow to its natural state.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means wheel. In the human body, the chakras are like energy wheels. There are seven major chakras, including the root chakra and solar plexus, and a number of minor chakras, including those in the hands and the soles of the feet. Sometimes illness is caused by a blockage at one of these chakras, typically at one or more of the major chakras.
Chakra attunements allow a person to unblock the energy flow at the chakras, achieving better health and an overall sense of well-being and happiness.
Not too long ago, the only people who would teach Reiki attunement or chakra attunements charged very high fees. Everything about these healing therapies was mystical. The people who understood the power were secretive.