Reiki, as it’s practiced in the U.S. now, dates back to the teachings of Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1920’s. Usui was a monk having a wife, a spiritual aspirant and two kids. At Usui’s time lineages of Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto practices coexisted in spirituality and culture as the themes.
The great practices culminated of Usui commonly called Reiki. This realization occurred in 1922.
Usui traveled during the four decades of his life in Japan, offering his teachings beginning students, but coaching just 16. Chujiro Hayashi, among his master students, was a naval officer. Hayashi worked to excerpt the recovery practices from the larger body of teachings of Usui that they could be disseminated.
Together with the blessings of Usui, Hayashi opened a Reiki clinic in Tokyo in which therapy was given by 16 practitioners in pairs. A first generation Japanese-American, Hawayo Takata, came from several health conditions to the clinic for relief of Hayashi. Months of therapy restored the health of Takata, and she became a student.
With support and Hayashi advice, Takata brought Reiki to Hawaii and the US mainland. Takata practiced and taught Reiki for 40 years before she started training Reiki masters (professionals permitted to teach others). Because Takata’s death in December 1980, her teachings have been spread by her 22 Reiki masters. Although not usually in the form Takata taught Reiki has become quite popular and is now practiced around the world.
How Does Reiki Work?
In the simplest it seems that Reiki therapy helps lessen the effects of anxiety, releasing tension. Does the individual move toward her or his balance in mind, body and soul, but based on when Reiki starts the degree of health, the body’s healing mechanisms begin functioning efficiently?
What is Reiki currently doing?
How exactly does Houston Reiki help the body heal and release stress? That question has not yet been answered. Although there is growing research evidence documenting the effects of Reiki (like diminished heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones; raised immune strength), we’ve only broad theories about what causes these effects or the pathways by which the recovery occurs.
The multileveled, rapid reaction to Reiki suggests a complicated process which engages many body processes, simultaneously or in quick succession, shifting the body from domination by the “fight or flight” (stress) response to the relaxation response, and supporting the body’s healing mechanisms. (For more information about the relaxation response, see the Mind-Body Therapies section.) Some researchers theorize that the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing effect of Reiki is triggered on a degree that is sub-physical, perhaps.