The Origins of Reiki Therapy in America
April 10, 2020 at 4:00 AM
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We are all more than just our physical health. We are an interconnected system of our mind, body and spirit. At Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Mission Viejo, CA, we know that to fully heal, you need to address more than your physical body. The ancient practice of Reiki works to heal disruptions and increase the flow of a person’s energy, thereby bringing balance to their entire being.

What Is Reiki?

Reiki therapy began in Japan, and it literally means universal (rei) life energy (ki). This practice, often referred to as palm healing, helps free the flow of energy when it’s been blocked. Practitioners know a stagnation of energy can indicate physical injury, ongoing pain or emotional distress. Over time, these blockages can cause illness.

The History of Reiki

Though forms of Reiki have been around for thousands of years, the modern version, known as Usui Reiki, was developed in the late 1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan. Searching for an answer to how Jesus was able to heal, he sought answers atop the holy mountains of Kori Yama, where he fasted and meditated for 21 days. At the end of these three weeks, he became enlightened and received the ability to heal.

He began to take his abilities to populations that needed the most healing, such as the unwell and homeless. As his abilities were gaining recognition, he began to teach students, including Dr. Chujiro Hayashi. Hayashi was one of only 21 students of Dr. Usui. Dr. Hayashi opened a clinic and is responsible for some formal aspects of the practice. He’s also responsible for teaching the woman who would bring Reiki to America.

How Did Reiki Make It to America?

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After the death of her sister and husband, a Hawaiian woman of Japanese descent, Mrs. Hayayo Takata, fell ill and traveled to Japan to seek treatment. Upon arrival, she wanted an alternative to the surgical treatments recommended to her. She was referred to Dr. Hayashi’s clinic, where her health dramatically improved.

She became one of his only 13 teacher-students, studying under him for two years. She was the first to bring Reiki to the West, beginning her practice in Hawaii. After successfully healing many who sought her out, she began teaching students. And, by the 1970s, she was training other Reiki masters. By the time she passed in 1980, she had trained 22 Reiki masters. It is from there that the practice of Reiki spread across the country.

One teacher-student, Iris Ishikuro, began offering Reiki training at a reasonable cost so more people could learn the technique and spread the practice. She is considered the pathway through which Reiki crossed the country, and most people who practice Reiki today could likely trace their lineage back to Iris Ishikuro.

Our Reiki Sessions

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If you feel a general sense of unwell or a distinct feeling of being off-balance, we encourage you to come in for an energy healing. Often, we experience things that can irritate us and block our energies. If you’ve experienced heartbreak, your heart walls may be up in an effort to protect you. In actuality, these walls can prevent joy to manifest into a healthy relationship. Through one of our energy healing sessions, our patients leave feeling lighter, freer and more grounded with a heightened sense of wellness.

Our Reiki sessions have been known to:

  • Reduce anxiety, depression, panic and stress
  • Improve energy levels
  • Heal relationships with others and the self
  • Balance emotions, organs, the brain and hormones
  • Clear harmful belief systems

If you’re in the Orange Country or South Orange County area, we invite you to experience the healing effects of Reiki by making an appointment here or calling 949-420-1338 with any questions.