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REIKI Lesson I


You will be learning the SIMPLE and ORIGINAL Usui Reiki method (the way the Creator and Source of the energy intended it to be, and the way it was actually taught to Dr. Usui). No additives (like symbols), crystals, chants, guides, no magic nor mystery. Just plain and unadulterated SIMPLICITY!

Dr. Mikao Usui never charged for his services, and his students only asked for food in exchange for their services when they were in need. Reiki is NOT a form of massage. It is a healing modality, and should only be used for this purpose.


After attunement Level 1:   21 days.

After attunement 2 (for Level 3, Master/Teacher):   7 days.

The reason for this wait is because there may be detox sypmtoms during the 21 days right after attunement to Level 1. The body needs to balance itself and release toxins, and it may be a shock to the system to receive another attunement too soon. The energy accumulates in the body causing discomfort. Also, it will lessen your ability to heal yourself and others properly, and it may make you a less powerful healer.


Usui Shiki Ryoho – Level I Manual

by Rosita Tanza


It is important that you know that there is no one right way to give treatments. Everyone has their own style they are comfortable with. Before you begin a treatment on another person you may want to do a self treatment to ground, center and clear your own energy field. It’s not a requirement, but it will prepare you to give the treatment. Just rub your hands together and say, “reiki on.” Place your hands on the crown of your head, or one palm on the forehead and the other palm on the back of the head. Self-heal for about 8 minutes (no more than 10 minutes). Then, rub your hands again and say, “reiki off” to turn off the reiki healing power.


Greet your client and discuss with them what they can expect from Reiki. Answer any questions they have. Ask them about their reasons for seeking Reiki treatment and what they expect from Reiki. Tell your client what you will be doing. Some practitioners have a form and history to be filled out; others do not follow this model so closely. Make sure that if an exchange is involved, that is, payment or barter, the details are clear and mutually agreeable.

Remind the client that you are not a medical practitioner, and that Reiki is never a substitute for medical treatment. Treatments can be repeated more than once, in case a client desires so, or if symptoms have not changed or become worse.

Have your client remove their shoes, glasses and any bulky jewelry which might get snagged. They will remain fully clothed. Some people fear that jewelry will interfere or block the energy, but it does not. In fact, such items can absorb a reservoir of Reiki energy.

Have the person lie down on a massage table, or if a table is not available, another sturdy table, such as a kitchen or dining table with a pad of some sort, or a bench ,couch, bed or floor if that is comfortable for both of you can be used . Treatments can also be done with the client seated. If the recipient becomes cold, have a light blanket available to cover them. A pillow or pillows is useful for arranging for maximum comfort, especially when treating the back.

Sometimes emotional clearing occurs during a treatment and can result in the client crying. Have some tissues handy, in case it’s needed. If the person being treated cries do not interrupt the treatment to give them tissues, or it may result in a reduction of the healing release. If the recipient feels that your hands are too hot, or feel any pain or discomfort, if they wish to stop the treatment or continue. Most people will choose to continue, and may feel a healing release. If someone desires to end the treatment early for any reason, then stop giving Reiki.

Wash your hands before and after giving a treatment whenever possible to make sure your hands are clean and that you don’t have any distracting odor on them. Washing your hands also helps give you time for a symbolic entry into the best mental state for the treatment, and after the treatment as a way to distinguish your treatment time from your routine. You might carry disposable washcloths if you often do treatments “on the road”.

If you and your client both agree, you might have pleasant music playing (unless you or your clients are distracted by the music). There are music CDs designed for Reiki treatments and similar work. Many people burn incense or use aromatherapy oil in a diffuser, but always inquire if your client has allergies before using a fragrance, and use only genuine essential oil if possible. You might offer a cup of Herb tea or water after a session. Clients should always be encouraged to drink lots of water after the session for many of the same reasons as drinking water after an attunement.


Allow the energies to flow. Separate yourself from the desire for any particular outcome.

Your intention should be to give the treatment, but not to try to create any particular result. Set your personal intention that you and the treatment will do only good. First, rub your hands and say, “reiki on” to commence the healing session (please check my “Reiki FAQS” section to read more details on the amount of time to spend on a client). You will place your hands in the position you start with and continue through them until done.

You should be comfortable when providing the treatment. Relax and don’t tense up.

The Reiki energy will ebb and flow during treatment, but will usually only need to be turned on at the beginning, though you may choose to reactivate the energy if you don’t feel the energy flow fluidly. .

During hands-on treatments, the hand position is changed each time the energy tapers off. If the practitioner does not feel energy, they can leave their hand in each position for 5 to 6 minutes, but no longer than that.

Please place your hands gently. There should be no weight or pressure applied. Some clients do like to feel your hands placed solidly and will try to strain to reach up if your touch is too light, but in any case you, do not push or let your hands lay heavily on the recipient. You can even keep your hands about an inch away in the aura without touching the body. Reiki does not use massage or tissue manipulation. Your hands are simply held gently on or over each position until the energy ebbs. A bit of intention or attention is needed, but not intense effort or will. Should you become distracted and feel that the energy has stopped, just restart it by intending to do so.

To finish the Reiki session, whisk away with your hands any negative energy that may remain on the treated part. You can “command” the negative energy off your hands so that you will not absorb any of it unto your own body. The Reiki flows from one hand to the other, so by finishing, one helps to affect an energetic balance. Sweeping the aura three times from top to bottom and again from bottom to top is another popular and effective way to finish. Then, rub your hands again and say, “reiki off” to turn off the reiki healing power.


1. HEAD (stand at top of their head)

Crown (top of the head)



Under the head



Upper chest (V)

2. ARMS (right side then left)







Upper chest

Breasts (get permission first or work a few inches above in the air)

Ribs (crisscross 2 or 3 times)


Lower abdomen (crisscross 2 or 3 times)

First V than T to groin

T to upper chest


Knees (right than left)

Ankles (right than left)

Arches of feet (right then left)

Toes (right then left)


Standing on the clients’ right side help them to flip over onto their stomach.


Starting at shoulders crisscross your hands down their spine

V the base of the spine

T the shoulders

2. HEAD (stand at top of their head)