So You Want to Learn Reiki


Usui Reiki Ryoho

Reiki is an energy based treatment used to re-establish balance in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a being. Essentially, certain Reiki healing frequencies are used to release stagnancies, blockages, or scar tissue restricting the natural energy flow. Then, the body is able to heal itself naturally.

What is commonly referred to as Reiki is actually a group of techniques. The original form of Reiki has been handed down directly from the founder Master Mikao Usui since the early 1900’s. Today, traditional Reiki is taught under the name Usui Reiki, Usui Reiki Ryoho, or the like. Practitioners schooled in these traditions site a lineage dating directly back to Master Usui.

Reiki Variations

Beyond Usui Reiki are literally hundreds of Reiki variants. Some of these variations differ only slightly from the original form of Reiki: through the addition of new healing frequencies, new techniques, or reinterpretation of the resource material to suit a particular belief system. Some even mesh Usui Reiki with other traditional forms of healing.

Other variants may have little or no direct connection to the original form of Reiki. These new healing methods are either channelled or are purposeful creations. One such purpose creation is my own Reiki for Fibromyalgia which is actually an amalgamation of twelve healing frequencies from six different Reiki traditions, including Usui Reiki Ryoho.


When looking at learning Reiki, there are some things you need to consider.

1) Finding the Reiki variant that suits your needs.
As there are a large number of Reiki variations, it is very easy to find a form of Reiki that matches your personality and belief system. Often, people opt for Usui Reiki at first. Then, once they become more confident in their skills, they start looking at variations that feel more comfortable or focus on particular aspects of healing.

2) Learning in person, by distance education, or from a book.
In the beginnings of its history, Reiki knowledge was limited to a handful of individuals who could pay for the privilege. Today, virtually anyone who wants to learn Reiki can do so. In fact, there are a variety of training options: from in person training weekends through distance learning courses to how to books.

Pros and Cons

Each of these options has pros and cons. In person training allows instant correction of hand placement but often the training schedule is so rushed that you actually retain very little of what you learn. Conversely, distance and book based courses allow students more time to take in the information but it is up to the student to practice the skills taught.

Whether in person or by distant attunement, all attunements take. At first, this connection is quite weak and the only way to increase your abilities is practice. Therefore, no matter what type of Reiki you chose or what method you use to learn this healing method, you must practice, practice, practice.