"First the mind must be healed,
Second, the body must be made sound.
If the mind is healthy, conforming to a path of integrity,
then the body becomes sturdy of its own accord."
~Mikao Usui (1865 - 1926)
The system of Reiki Ryoho (Reiki healing) was developed as a self-healing practice in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui.
Mikao Usui came from a Samurai Family and was an avid practitioner of meditation. It is believed that Reiki grew out of a meditative experience he had on Mount Kurama.
Mikao Usui would sit across from his students in meditation in order to initiate them into practicing Reiki. His focus was on Reiki self-treatment. He taught a seated Reiki treatment protocol and focused the Reiki hand positions on treating the head.
Reiki practice was further developed in the 1930s by Chujiro Hayashi, a naval officer. He taught his students how to self-treat, as well as treat others. His Reiki treatment protocol covered the major organs and the endocrine system, and was done lying down on a bed, or a massage table.
"Usui’s system became very popular with the armed forces, and particularly the Imperial Navy, because they were looking for traditional ways of healing that did not require large stocks of equipment and drugs to be taken on board ship, where space was at a premium."
Tadao Yamaguchi, Light on the Originis of Reiki, Lotus Press, 2007.
Hawayo Takata, a Japanese American woman, brought Reiki to the United States in the 1940s.
Numerous variations of Reiki have since been developed, there have been many new age add-ons.The origins of Reiki are very simple and have little in common with the many different versions of Reiki that are being practiced today.
Christine sees the foundation of Reiki in Self-Care, and offers Reiki Self Care Classes with the goal to help her clients relieve stress, ease discomfort and pain, and access their inner core of wellness.