History of Jikiden Reiki

The official name for Reiki is ‘Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho’ which means ‘Usui Reiki treatment method for the improvement of body and mind.’ Mikao Usui discovered that he had this healing ability when fasting on Mount Kurama, just outside Kyoto, Japan. He went on to use the treatment method to help many people and from his numerous studies devised a way to awaken the ability in others.

Usui taught 20 teachers before he died, one of them being a man named Chujiro Hayashi. Hayashi was a medical doctor and so, despite the strict medical laws in Japan, he was able to open a small Reiki clinic in Tokyo, and form his own Reiki Institute there with Mikao Usui’s blessing.

Chiyoko Yamaguchi, who co-founded Jikiden Reiki with her son, Tadao, learned Reiki from Hayashi in 1938.  The majority of her family learned Reiki and practiced treatments on a daily basis so Reiki was a very valued yet usual thing for them all. I will go into the fascinating story around how so many of the Yamaguchi family learned Reiki and show you some wonderful pictures from the seminars they attended in the 1930s in the courses I teach. 


Jikiden Reiki is taught in the same simple way that Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her family were taught by Chujiro Hayashi. Nothing has been added or amended and the energy feels very gentle and very powerful.