Dr. Mikao Usui founded the modern method of Reiki in Japan in the early 20th century, and it was brought to the West by a Japanese-American woman named Hawayo Takata. Since then Reiki has spread across the world. Reiki, pronounced ray-ki, is an energy technique based on a series of apposition of hands on different parts of the body. It is a non-intrusive holistic therapy that channels and transmits energy through the hands to balance and harmonise body, mind and emotions.
People who receive or practice Reiki often say they experience a feeling of warmth, calm and a state of well-being.
Reiki is not a religion and is inclusive of all traditions, religions and paths. Reiki restores the natural flow of the energy body and health to the physical body. It clears blockages and allows the body to do its own natural healing.
There are three levels of Reiki training:
- Reiki 1, Reiki First Degree or the Japanese ‘Shoden’ translated as the ‘first teachings’.
- Reiki 2, Reiki Second Degree or the Japanese ‘Okuden’ translated as the ‘inner teachings’.
- Reiki Master/Teacher, Reiki Third Degree or the Japanese ‘Shinpiden’ translated as the ‘mystery teachings’.