Reiki was developed in Japan, though it most likely came from the Taoist healing arts of China. A practitioner holds their hands at different locations of the body allowing their energy to help clear and transform stagnant or hyperactive energy. By clearing the energy channels or meridians and chakras, the body has access to energetic reserves to restore balance.
Jerome and Corinne both studied with Barbara Thurston and Charlotte Easton from the American-International Reiki Association founded by Barbara Ray and Mrs. Takata while their office was located at our Center in the early 1980s.
Reiki was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Tendai Buddhist monk. At one point while on a fast, he was inspired with the vision of Reiki. As he was well read and traveled, it is likely that he may have incorporated ideas from TCM, Qi Gong(the Chinese and Japanese form, etc. In 1922 he opened his school and clinic in Harjuku, Japan using his manual now published as “the Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui by FA Petter. Usui Sensei treated the head then any problem areas. His teachings included 6 levels. His work became very popular. He charged minimal fees. It included teaching people how to heal themselves, which is key in current western teachings. During the 1923 earthquake at Yokohama and Tokyo that caused over 140,000 deaths, Usui and his students provided Reiki to help with the suffering the quake caused. He opened another clinic outside Tokyo. He died in 1926 at age 62.
Chujiro Hayashi 1878-1940 expanded on the Reiki positions that were brought to the Western world. Whereas Usui felt that if you treat the head then that would clear all of the energy channels in the rest of the body and therefore only need to focus on specific areas of disease, Hayashi developed positions that were standardly used covering the whole body for better overall flow of energy. He taught the woman Mrs Hawayo Takata who brought Reiki to the united states.
Hawayo Takata, Hawaiian born 1900-80. After losing her husband she had a nervous breakdown and became ill. With twice daily treatments after 4 months at Hayashi’s clinic, her health improved, and she decided to learn Reiki. In 1937 she returned to Hawaii and Hayashi followed. A list of the different Reiki branches can be found here. http://www.thehealingpages.com/the-different-reiki-branches-and-lineages
Though a UW study found that Reiki made no difference in healing fibromyalgia with its muscle pain, fatigue and headaches. Many people in other situations have found Reiki to be useful for a wide variety of conditions.