Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a system of natural hands-on healing originating in Japan. Reiki means "universal life energy", the vital energy around and within all living things.

The method of receiving Reiki treatment from a practitioner is a very simple process. The recipient simply lies on a couch and relaxes. If they are unable to lie down the treatment can be given in a sitting position. The main thing is for the recipient to be as comfortable as possible.

There is no need to remove any clothing as Reiki will pass through anything, even plaster casts. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. The whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms.

A full treatment usually takes 1 to 1½ hours with each position held for several minutes.

A trained Reiki Master/Teacher in the Usui Tradition, Joy works at the very highest level. Training can be given for those wishing to be attuned to the Reiki energies and details will be sent upon request.

Anyone who trains with Complete Therapy can come along to the monthly Reiki shares free of charge. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice your skills and enhance your own personal spiritual development, as well as meet with like minded people. There is also an opportunity to share thoughts and experiences at the beginning of the share.

A Reiki share is just that! Instead of a one to one treatment, a group of Reiki practitioners work simultaneously on the person receiving the treatment. This is a wonderfully powerful experience and deeply relaxing. As a result the duration of the treatment is only 15 to 20 minutes long. This also embodies the principle of giving and receiving.

So for a Reiki share, all areas of the body are treated simultaneously. In a one to one session, the practitioner will begin at the head of the client and work down the body, finishing at the feet. The client remains fully clothed throughout the session and the therapist can either work mainly 'hands on', or 'hands off' the body, at the request of the client. Calming, relaxing music is played if desired, and coupled with soft lighting and maybe a few aromatherapy candles. The therapist does not 'give' anything to the client, but enables the client to promote his or her own self healing.
THE FIRST DEGREE (OR SHODEN) LEVEL, is about your own self-healing and is suitable for anyone. It teaches you how to apply Rieki to yourselve and also how to treat friends and family with hands-on healing.

The training includes:

  • The history of Reiki
  • The five principles (or precepts) of Reiki
  • What Reiki is
  • Effects and uses of Reiki
  • Contra indications and limitations to Reiki (although there are very few!)
  • Hand positions for treatments
  • Working on the "hara centres" of the body
  • Guidance on possible reactions to Reiki self-healing
  • Four attunements to the Reiki energy
  • Meditation
  • Thoughts on self development
THE SECOND DEGREE (OR OKUDEN) LEVEL enables you to channel stronger energy and is 'practitioner' level.
It teaches you how to incorporate the use of sacred symbols into a Reiki treatment and how to send distant healing.
The training includes:

  • Learning the three Reiki symbols
  • Treating clients
  • Guidelines for being a practitioner
  • Beaming and scanning
  • Distance healing
  • Three attunements to higher levels of energy
  • Meditation

It is recommended to leave a minimum of 3-6 months after Reiki 1 before moving on to Reiki 2 to allow the new energy to settle in your body, and to enable you to get used to working with the hand positions and the Reiki energy.
The Third Degree (Shinpiden)is the Master/ Teacher level and is the final stage of Reiki training.
The enables you to work with the master energies and attune others to the Reiki?s healing energy.

  • The training includes:
  • Learning the Master symbol
  • Learning the Attunement symbol
  • Learning how to give attunements
  • Preparing the room and yourself
  • Meditation
  • One final attunement to the higher levels of energy

The transition period should be at least one year after Reiki 2 to allow the higher levels of energy to settle and to understand the principles and importance of Reiki in everyday life. However, everyone is different and timings can vary depending upon your experience.

Once you have decided to begin studying the system of Reiki, a course needs to be chosen. The most important factors affecting your choice will most probably be what is being taught and who is teaching.


For those interested in learnaing Japanese based teachings there are certain leneages to look for. A lineage is the line that is traced back through one's teacher to the founder of the system. No two teachers are alike as are no two courses and therefore it is impossible to state exactly who teaches what. When you study in a certain lineage you are never assured of a specific standard or information. Currently, there are no safeguards protecting you and it is your responsibility alone to choose wisely. Research (such as reading The Reiki Sourcebook by Frans & Bronwen Stiene will put you in good stead to have a solid understanding to direct questions from. 

Here are some lineages that date from Usui and are Japanese based and are taught to students in the West:

Usui Reiki Ryoho
Usui Mikao - Taketomi Kanichi - Koyama Kimiko - Doi Hiroshi

Komyo Reiki Kai
Usui Mikao - Hayashi Chujiro - Yamaguchi Chiyoko - Hyakuten Inamoto

Gendai Reiki Ho (fusion between Japanese and West) 
Usui Mikao - Takemtomi Kanichi - Koyama Kimiko - Doi Hiroshi

Jikiden Reiki
Usui Mikao - Hayashi Chujiro - Yamaguchi Chiyoko - Yamaguchi Tadao

There are a certain number of key levels taught in the Japanese system of Reiki today. This is generally three, though in some lineages either the secondn or third levels are divided up into two parts: creating four levels in total. Each level is taught with a break in between as at each level the student learns new techniques for developing Ki work and must become proficient in these before moving on to study further.

Most levels of the system of Reiki today are taught first in an intensive course with follow-up training occurring after the intensive is finished. The reason for this is that receipt of a certifivcate (generally received at athe end of the intensive) indicates that you are now beginning that level rather than completing it. As you are a beginner it is then expected that the real work should be begin for you to be able to progress to enter into the next level.

To fully undertsand the system of Reiki a prospective practitioner must first look at why he or she wants to learn in the first place. There are a number of avenues that can be taken. For example: you can complete a weekend course, or you can complete a weekend course and practice once a weekon yourself at a practice evening, or you can complete a weekend course and attend a weekly practice evening and incorporate a daily personal routine.

By just completing a weekend course some change can be expected along with a certain understanding of the system. Naturally the more you practice, the deeper the levels of change and understandiang that will be accesed. So within the system of Reiki there are different levels a practitioner can delve into, depending on his or her involvement.

To become proficient in anything one must pracice and for this a supportive course is of the essence. Support can come in many shapes and sizes. It is of importance that a teacher be available to discuss a student's technical and spiritual growth. Reiki practitioners areound the world ltoday often come togther to practice palm-healing on one anotehr - this wonderful support can be developed to be much more effective. The Japanese way is that Reiki shoudl be an ongoing study and practice groups can therefore be an extension of a Reiki course with the same five elements being practiced and discussed rather than just a 'sharing' of energy. In this way a student's learning is encouraged and developed. Surely you woudl like to know that what you are doing is correct and that your practice has not derailed at some point? Attendance at a regular practice group is very beneficial energetically to a student also - even though one may be working solely on the self. THere are similariaties here with attending the gym or practicing aerobics - you could just as well jump up and down at home to get fit but you do not. More to follow..