Reiki (or Usui Shiki Ryoho) is a method of personality development as well as being a therapeutic practice involving visualisation and energy healing.
The word " Reiki " comes from the Japanese meaning " Universal Life Energy ". The " rei " refers to vital spiritual energy from a higher plane, a universal spiritual energy and the " ki " is  life-force energy, the energy that is in every living being . Reiki balances all aspects of the Human Being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
The universe is created by this Life Force Energy, which has different names according to various traditions:
- In Chinese, this is the Chi as in Tai Chi or the energy present in acupuncture - For Hindus, it is the Shakti, the Kundalini energy, the Prana. - For other esoteric schools, it is the Cosmic Force - Others may call it universal consciousness, the breath of life ...   Reiki is not a belief system, nor a religion and can be practiced by everyone, since it is part of a strain of spirituality such as meditation and the Buddhist tantra. Reiki is both a meditation and visualisation, a sensing of energy through the laying of hands on or above the body, as well as an inner transformation, conducted by a Reiki practitioner or a Reiki Master.


It was Mikao Usui who formulated the basics of Reiki in Japan in the early twentieth century. Some believe he was a Christian theologian teaching at a university and that his students asked him what exactly the healing technique was that Jesus Christ used, to perform the miracles related in the Gospels. He spent many years studying the healing miracles of the great spiritual masters in the history of mankind. He also learned of an ancient Buddhist Sanskrit manuscript and after spending many years of study in various monasteries, he founded the Usui Reiki System of Natural Healing and devoted the rest of his life to teaching.

Chujiro Hayashi, born in Tokyo in 1880, who joined Mikao Usui’s clinic in 1925 and continued after the Master’s death. He then went on to form his own Clinic and Spiritual Energy School. In 1937, Reiki was introduced to the West, firstly in Hawaii by Hawayo Takata, who had treatment in the Hayashi clinic (which had opened in Tokyo) in order to get treatment for respiratory and abdominal problems. Delighted with the results, she studied the technique under Hayashi, then opened her own clinic. She created 22 Reiki Masters. The technique then began to spread into many Western countries. Nowadays, there are several schools of thought in Reiki. Some claim to be under the purest esoteric tradition, others advocate a more open way of thinking and even reveal the secret symbols in mainstream books..


Mikao Usui detailed five principles.

These rules aim to give direction and offer guidance in the life of the followers of Reiki. They are : The five principles of Reiki Do not get angry When we experience anger, we often refuse to accept that its origin of this anger is actually within ourselves, preferring to apportion blame to an outside source. Thus we can play the role of a "poor victim" with all the benefits that may entail. Anger that is not released, fed and "stewed over" is the origin of many diseases. So what is it that is inside oneself that can trigger this anger? It has a meaning only if it leads us to examine the injured part inside of us, then cure it and release it.

Do not worry Worry and anxiety are associated with fear. Do not let fear lead or direct your life. Fear is sterile, it blocks and prevents us from moving forward. Worrying is useless and does not change anything. Fear can only feed the negativity of a situation. Being aware of our own fears is already part of the path to liberation.

Express your gratitude to others Accepting the blessings of life, without judgment, just by opening up your heart. That is the meaning of gratitude. Giving thanks for everyone, every situation, everything, for the experience it brings to us. There is always a way to learn from everything and everyone. It is for us to make the best choices and to bring them to fruition in our lives.

Work and live honestly Living life honestly, is to be aware that everything we do affects others. If we create harmony in ourselves, we help create harmony in the world. So somehow, honesty is contagious. We implement this neither by following the law, by religions or by instruction from political parties, we simply lead by example.

Be kind to all living things All life forms are interconnected in the universe. Respect and honour every living thing, first comes down to respecting yourself and the awareness of doing so. It is impossible to win if in doing so, this requires that someone loses. This win/lose concept that prevails in our society reveals a deep imbalance. Kindness to others is the best way to attract the good things in life to us.


The technique developed by Usui followed a mystical experience of enlightenment of Zen Buddhism. The method of healing by the laying on of hands is actually found in the tradition of the tantras of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as in the Vedas of Hinduism but were not used for therapeutic purposes. Usui and his successor Hayashi thus opened the door to this type of treatment. In practice, Reiki is therefore a form of meditation and energy healing, practised by a Reiki Master Practitioner on a patient. A session usually lasts between 40 and 90 minutes
This energy flow is activated through the visualisation of Reiki symbols transmitted during initiations and the mudra of meditation that is to say, the placing of hands on  or above the body. Before the session, the practitioner often asks the consultant to remove any metal personal effects such as jewelry (watch, necklace, bracelet ...). During the time of the meeting, the patient will be asked to lie on their back or on their stomach on a massage table. His relaxed state allows him to enter into a state of resonance with the Reiki Practitioner himself, in harmony with this mentally calming state of meditation and inner peace.
The practitioner uses several positions to place their hands, either just above the body in the body's energy field, or with gentle pressure on the different areas of the body.

  • Firstly, on the head for several minutes
  • Then at the throat
  • Then on several places on the body;
  • The chest
  • The stomach
  • The lower belly
  • The legs
  • The feet
  • Where back problems exist, the back

During the seance, the Reiki Practitioner works on several plains of energy which may include.

  • The state of the chakra
  • The regulation of the chakra
  • Unblocking blocked energy or past emotional blockages
  • The removal of bad energy contributing to illness
  • The reading of the body's energy
  • Physical ailments and their regulation
  • The replacement of bad energy with universal energy to achieve balance

During the session, the patient generally reaches a state of deep relaxation and, after treatment, he may feel as if he has been carried off into a deep sleep or, conversely, have experienced unusual feelings like colourful visual images or glimpses of past lives. The physical experiences vary from patient to patient but may also include sensations of warmth, coldness or a slight pleasant electric sensation in the area that the Practitioner is working. Some patients state that they feel the blockages leaving them, like wool being gently pulled from their body and some others will experience their tummy gurgling etc as their energy is moved around. Emotional release such as laughing and crying are also common, as the body “lets go” of blockages that serve no purpose. 

A Reiki Practitioner is always learning with every experience, thus different practitioners develop different extra skills. Some may be able to effectuate psychic surgery, some to read the emotional history of a person, some may also work with the spirit guides of the patient and be able to give them a kind of psychic reading.