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It was developed by Mikao Usui in 1922 in Japan following an enlightenment experience he had that also gave him powerful healing abilities. He created a method for harnessing and using that energy, known as Usui Reiki Ryoho (Usui's Reiki Method) that is predominantly a practice for personal growth and spiritual development. 

Reiki got developed further by Usui's successors after he died and most of the Reiki we learn in the West is more focused on healing than spiritual development.



The word Reiki itself refers to the energy rather than the healing modality (which is properly known as Usui Reiki Ryoho but most commonly referred to as just Reiki). You'll see different translations of the word Reiki as there isn't a direct comparable in English, but the most common are 'universal/spiritually guided life force energy'.


Reiki is the energy in the universe that we're all connected to, that we all come from. The healing modality is using this energy to affect or work with the life force energy in the body, known as Ki in Japan, Qi in China and Prana in India. 



As the practitioner you channel Reiki through your body, out your hands and into your receiver, where it breaks up and clears out blocked and stagnant energy. This restores physical, mental and emotional balance and wellbeing and gives a feeling of peace and vitality. It's natural, gentle and non-invasive and can be hands on or hands off or be delivered at distance. 

Reiki treats the whole being, bringing mind, body and spirit into balance and creates space for transformation. It supports the immune system and the ability to cope with every day stresses. Although it's usually offered as a way to relax and release stress, many people experience profound healings. 

Reiki can also support the body through other treatment methods, increasing the capacity to cope with interventions and helping you stay calm, clear and grounded.


There are many different styles of Reiki that have been developed by different people, mostly in the last 40 years, and they're all available to learn. Japanese Reiki is traditional Reiki, taught as closely as possible to what Mikao Usui taught. Western Reiki is more modern Reiki, most of which falls under the lineage of Hawayo Takata who brought Reiki to the West. It has less focus on spiritual development and many branches include new age practices.
My personal view is that traditional Japanese Reiki, which is as close to what Usui taught as possible, is an essential foundation for any Reiki practitioner so it's the basis of what I teach in my trainings. 


You'll be able to do Reiki effectively after just one workshop. It can be hard to wrap your head around but learning Reiki is unlike anything you've learnt before. Knowledge is not important. You don't need to know or learn anything, you're not better at it when you know more or work harder - the opposite of the Western approach to learning! 


Reiki is a skill you already have. We're all born with the ability to harness universal energy and use it. But most of us don't, it's not something we do in our culture. All the stuff that happens to us, all the conditioning, trauma and limiting beliefs we have cloud that connection to source and it's harder for us to access our natural healing abilities.


What happens in a Reiki training isn't really about learning. it's about clearing all that stuff that's blocking or limiting your connection to source. When we clear that out of the way, you can do Reiki. We'll also learn techniques to help you use Reiki effectively and techniques to keep that connection to source strong and clear and I include ongoing support to ensure you feel confident as a Reiki practitioner. 

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