What is Reiki?

“For those who are new to Reiki, let’s explain a little more. Reiki is an energy healing practice which originated in Japan. Practitioners use the life-force energy or “ki” all around us and are able to pass it on to re-awaken the natural healing process in others by focusing the energy on the areas that it is most needed.

The founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui, discovered Reiki whilst fasting on Mt Kurama in Kyoto, Japan.

He established the first Reiki organization – The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai – which still exists today but sadly does not promote the teaching and circulation of Reiki or provide treatments. Its existence is not so well known. Usui Sensei only created 20 masters in his lifetime. Some belonged to the Gakkai, some branched out and created their own brand of healing but Dr Chujiro Hayashi, with Usui’s blessing, continued to teach Reiki in Japan in its authentic form with the founder’s permission.

Hawayo Takata was a Japanese-American living in Hawaii who heard about Reiki and travelled to Japan to meet Chujiro Hayashi and received treatments from him and those at his Reiki Clinic in Tokyo. Within a year, she  went on to learn Reiki, return to Hawaii and establish a healing clinic there. This was the beginnings of what is known as Western Reiki. The original teachings of Usui were changed in her teachings for many reasons and at no fault of Mrs Takata.

As Western Reiki spread throughout the World, it was thought that the original style of Reiki had died out in Japan and so any Japanese who wanted to know more about Reiki had to go to America to study it!

However, Reiki didn’t ever die out in Japan. A lady called Chiyoko Yamaguchi continued to practice and teach Reiki along with members of her family and the original teachings were maintained and directly passed on through the Jikiden Reiki Institute.

Our purpose

Together we pass on and practice Reiki as it was originally taught, for better lives in a growing world

Our heritage.

Teachers look to pass down to our students what was taught to our teachers linking directly to the founder Mikao Usui without any changes and to support them with whatever journey Reiki takes them on.


To create a central hub to promote a cohesive national Jikiden Reiki community in the UK

To support Jikiden Reiki students, professional practitioners and teachers in the UK

To Foster the growth of Jikiden Reiki in the UK, maintaining the integrity and spirit of the founder of Reiki



Our Story in brief


Tadao Yamaguchi born


Tadao Yamaguchi travels outside Japan for the first time


Chiyoko Yamaguchi Learns Reiki


Jikiden Reiki Institute set up by Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her son