What is Reiki?

Reiki - Hands on HeadReiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word commonly translated to mean ‘Universal life energy’. The energy is around us, within us and all living things. Reiki is a system of natural healing founded in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th Century and brought to the west by Hawayo Takata.

Reiki is administered by a Reiki practitioner gently placing their hands on the body. Reiki flows through the physical body, can balance emotions and mental state, and can also create a sense of spiritual wellbeing.

How does it work?

Reiki is simple, only your hands are required to practise. The technique is gentle yet powerful. The energy flows to wherever it is needed in the body and there is often a profound feeling of wellbeing for the recipient as well as for the practitioner. Any one can learn to practise Reiki and after taking a Reiki level I course, you can use Reiki to treat yourself, your family, friends and pets.

Where does it come from?

Mikao UsuiThe practise of Reiki was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in Japan at the beginning of the 20th Century. His research, experience and dedication has led to the evolution of modern day Reiki treatment and teaching. Traditional Reiki systems remained clandestine in Japan under Usui’s successor, Chijuro Hayashi. Reiki practise developed in the western world thanks to Hayashi’s pupil, Mrs. Hawayo Takata. Hayashi entrusted the practise to Takata and ensured that she was the only certified Reiki master outside of Japan in the 1930’s. Hawayo Takata diligently taught Reiki across North and South America, dedicating her life to carrying on the teachings until she passed away in 1980. Mrs Takata left 22 Reiki masters to carry on her work, and it is from these 22 masters that the practise of Reiki has spread across the world.

Georgina Hood trained to become a Reiki master with one of Takata’s students, Anneli Twan.

Anneli and her mother Wanja Twan have always remained faithful to Takata’s teachings and have travelled all over the world sharing Reiki with people for 35 years.