What is Reiki?
Reiki is a method of healing developed in 1914 by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist. During a 21-day Isyo Guo training course on Mount Kurama – the Horse-Saddle Mountain north-west of the city of Kyoto – he received a revelation which enlightened him to what he called Reiki, and would enable him to heal. In April 1922, Usui moved to Tokyo, and there founded the Usui Reiki Ryōhō Gakkai which means “Usui’s Spiritual Energy Therapy Method Society”. Usui died on the 9th of March, 1926, but only after having taught some 2000 people the techniques of Reiki. All practitioners are descended from this teaching through a lineage.

What are the Central Precepts of Reiki?
There has been from the outset a philosophical side to Reiki and whilst this is sometimes pushed to the periphery I believe that the Precepts are a core part of the Reiki process. Learning to live in the present (Kyō dake wa, in Japanese) is itself an invaluable lesson, and taking a Reiki treatment naturally helps one to feel into this. The same can be said for Okoru na, or, move out of anger. How many of us have held anger that in the end, begins to make us feel ill? How do we put this down? Reiki can help us with this.

These are the central precepts, known as the Five principles of Reiki :

Kyō dake wa:
Okoru na,
Shinpai su na,
Kansha shite,
Gyō wo hakeme,
Hito ni shinsetsu ni.

They can be translated into English as : 

Just for today – 
don’t be angry, 
don’t worry, 
be grateful, 
work with diligence, 
be kind to people.

These principles form the heart of Reiki. Learning to put Usui’s principles into practice is actually far from easy !!!

How can Reiki help you?
According to Deborah Bier in a recent article, those who receive such treatments report relief of symptoms from numerous health challenges, including mental health issues. Research shows that Reiki primarily helps in the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as relief of chronic pain — the last of which can bring on anxiety and depression, or make episodes worse.

Is Reiki currently used in medical institutions?
Reiki is increasingly offered in hospital, hospice, and private practice settings applied to a variety of illnesses and conditions. While the debate on how best to study integrative therapies such as Reiki is now gaining momentum, research attempts have been and continue to be made. With institutions like the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in the USA now focussing on the subject, it is clear that research into Reiki is generating a lot of interest.

To learn more about my own sessions and treatments please read on.