Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes the body's natural ability to heal. "Re" means "Universal" and it is a general term for spirit which serves as a channel for "Ki" or "Life Force Energy." When the flow of "Life force Energy" is disrupted, weakened, or blocked, emotional or health problems tend to occur. Addressing chronic and acute conditions, Reiki gently and powerfully sends balance and flow of Ki throughout the whole body to help it heal on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.
History of Reiki This natural healing modality is believed to have been rediscovered by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. He opened his first 'school' in 1922 in Tokyo. Usui did not originally intend to teach the system as a treatment for others. He focused on teaching energy exercises, self-healing meditations and giving empowerments based on Tendai Buddhist blessings. His tradition and methods were passed through several grandmasters of Reiki. Today, Reiki takes on many forms, but the Usui System of Natural Healing is still the form that is most widely practiced.
Mrs. Hawayo Takata (Takata Sensei) is responsible for bringing Reiki from Japan to the U.S. in 1937. She continued to practice and teach until her passing in 1980. Because of her devotion, Reiki has been passed on to millions of people all over the world, and the numbers continue to grow!