Reiki is a hands-on energy treatment for the improvement of body and mind. It is carried out over clothing while lying on a massage bed and is suitable for anyone of any age or state of health. The therapist places hands lightly on areas of the body to make energy available for healing.
The treatment starts on the head, then feet, then to specific areas needing treatment. It may end with a blood circulating technique similar to massage if appropriate. Sensations of heat, tingling, pulsing etc. may be felt, indicating an area that needs treatment.
Afterwards it is usual to feel relaxed with a general sense of well-being. The effects continue on after the session when it is common to see improvements mentally, emotionally and physically.
Anyone can learn to give Reiki healing to others. Traditionally this therapy was used to treat all ailments within the family.
History of Reiki
Reiki is an energy healing practice which originated in Japan. Practitioners use the life-force energy or “ki” all around us and are able to pass it on to re-awaken the natural healing process in others by focusing the energy on the areas that it is most needed.
The founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui, discovered Reiki whilst fasting on Mt Kurama in Kyoto, Japan.
He established the first Reiki organization – The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai – which still exists today but sadly does not promote the teaching and circulation of Reiki or provide treatments. Its existence is not so well known. Usui only created 20 masters in his lifetime. Some belonged to the Gakkai, some branched out and created their own brand of healing but Dr Chujiro Hayashi, with Usui’s blessing, continued to teach Reiki in Japan in its authentic form.
Hawayo Takata was a Japanese-American living in Hawaii when doctors there declared that she was terminally ill and did not have long to live. She came to Japan for an operation but once here, met Chujiro Hayashi and received treatments from him instead. Within a year, she was cured of her illness and went on to learn Reiki, return to Hawaii and establish a healing clinic there. This was the beginnings of Western Reiki.
As Western Reiki spread throughout the World, it was thought that the original style of Reiki had died out in Japan and so any Japanese who wanted to know more about Reiki had to go to America to study it!
However, Reiki didn’t ever die out in Japan."
Current Jikiden Reiki teacher Tadao Yamaguchi was brought up by his mother, Chiyoko Yamaguchi, she first learned Reiki over 65 years ago when she was just 17 years old and practiced it until she passed away in August 2003. All her sons, including Tadao all received Reiki before they were even born and learned how to give Reiki as children.
As Tadao Yamaguchi and his brother grew up, they always experienced Reiki to cure them when they caught colds, had headaches or an injury of some kind. Through these experiences, Tadao was able to appreciate the effectiveness of Reiki from an early age.
Looking through old photographs and documents and talking to his mother, he learned that the person who taught her Reiki was Chujiro Hayashi himself and she began to tell Tadao all about her experiences in those days.
Later, while attending a lecture, Tadao Yamaguchi happened to meet a Western Reiki teacher who started to tell him about the current status of Western Reiki. Tadao was surprised and pleased to hear that there are so many practitioners all over the World now and that Reiki is an accepted therapy in many societies.
The Western Reiki teacher was equally surprised and pleased when Tadao told him that he had learned Reiki from his mother and that she had learned from Chujiro Hayashi!"
The beginnings of Jikiden Reiki
"After that, several Reiki masters came to visit Tadao Yamaguchi’s mother.
They told them about the Reiki schools in Japan and encouraged them to start teaching the Reiki that Tadaos’ mother and family had learned which had not been influenced by Western Reiki.
They did this, and decided to call it Jikiden Reiki, meaning 'directly taught' or directly passed on'. Early on they taught some individuals that sadly claimed to have mastered Jikiden Reiki without having received attunements.
They realised that for Jikiden Reiki to continue without contamination they needed an official route and more organised process and so they decided to hold official seminars, replicating the style and content of the seminars held by Chujiro Hayashi in the 1930’s.
Jikiden Reiki is their attempt to re-introduce the original style of Reiki to people, in its simple authentic form.”