Initially developed and taught by Mikao Usui (August 15, 1865 – March 9, 1926), Reiki is a Japanese method of energy work that promotes spiritual, emotional and physical balance and health. First schooled in Tendai Buddhist schools, then in the Jodo Buddhist tradition, Usui adapted concepts within these belief systems for a broader audience in Japan. Reiki’s principals were adapted from his Buddhist roots to be compatible with the religious and secular beliefs of the people around him. Reiki is non-sectarian in nature. Because of this, the practice of Reiki now spans the world.
Mrs. Hawayo Takata encountered Reiki in a Japanese hospital in the mid-1930s. Through her teaching, she brought that knowledge to the United States in the form of the Usui Reiki practice common today.
Reiki supports the inherent capacity of a body to heal the self and the subtle energy systems. Focused on the Ki or life force, Reiki is an energy enhancing technique.
Proper application of Reiki may help maintain or restore a healthy flow of qi (or chi), and improve overall well-being. For more information on the history of Reiki, attend a free lecture, or sign up for a full Reiki workshop.