The ancient, original, Japanese Usui Shiki Ryoho method of Reiki healing, was discovered and developed by a Japanese Buddhist Priest, Dr Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s. It became a sacred healing system in the East, taught through sacred ceremony attunements, based on knowledge and teachings from Christian scriptures and Buddhist teachings, including Japanese and Sanskrit Sutras (sacred texts).

He passed his knowledge and teachings to 17 people before his death, one of significance being Dr Chujiro Hayashi, whom opened a clinic in Tokyo. Dr Hayashi trained others, one being Hawayo Takata, from Hawaii in 1937. She initially received intense healing for a Tumour and was so impressed by her own recovery that she studied the sacred training too to heal others. Subsequently, Mrs Takata bought it to the West and opened the first Reiki Clinic in the Western world; and so the knowledge was passed on.

It is still an ancient and sacred healing practice, but is fast becoming increasingly popular, mainly due to its beautiful simplicity and gentle, yet powerful healing ability. Reiki is currently being used much more widely alongside conventional healthcare as a complementary therapy; as its value and true potential is finally being recognised by the Western world.

What does Reiki Mean?

The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ (pronounced ray-kee) is formed from two parts. ‘Rei’ meaning ‘wisdom and knowledge of all the Universe’ and ’ Ki’, meaning life force energy.

Simply, ‘Rei’ means ‘universal’ & ‘Ki’ means ‘life force’.

Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, known as ‘Ki’ in Japan, ‘chi’ or ‘Qi’ in China and ‘Prana’ in India. Acupuncture, T’ai chi and Yoga are also based on the free-flow of this energy in a person.