Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive touch therapy that facilitates the deep relaxation needed for physical, mental and emotional healing. Because it can be used alone or in conjunction with more traditional healing modalities, Reiki has become increasingly popular. It is already being offered to students at Simmons College and Wheelock College.  Reiki has also become a standard part of the wellness services offered at the Dana Farber Cancer Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Mass General Hospital. 


The system of Reiki energy healing as it is practiced in the West today was discovered by Sensei Mikao Usui in 1922.  On the last day of a twenty-one day spiritual retreat atop Mt. Kurayama, a sacred mountain to the north of Tokyo, Sensei Usui experienced a profound influx of energy which changed his life.  When he returned from his retreat, Sensei Usui was able to transmit healing energy through his hands.  Subsequent to this experience, Mikao Usui opened a healing clinic in Tokyo and began to train others to heal using the Reiki energy.  

Sensei Mikao Usui

Shortly before Sensei Usui's death in 1926, he asked his student Dr. Chujiro Hayashi to open a clinic of his own.  Dr. Hayashi documented and formalized many of the treatment techniques developed by Sensei Usui.


Dr. Chujiro Hayashi

Among his patients was a Japanese-American woman named Hawayo Takata.  Mrs. Takata had a tumor and also was suffering from appendicitus and asthma. After four months of Reiki treatments in Dr. Hayashi's clinic, Mrs. Takata was completely healed.  Fascinated, she became Dr. Hayashi's student and eventually brought the practice of Reiki back with her to America in 1938.

Mrs. Hawayo Takata

I am a lineage descendant of Mrs. Takata, meaning that the teachers of my teacher can trace their Reiki training directly back to this remarkable woman, who ran a healing clinic in Hawaii from 1938 until her death in 1980.



                       Dr. Mikao Usui

                       Dr. Chujiro Hayashi

                       Mrs. Hawayo Takata

                       Barbara Ray

                       Judy Seeley

                       Karen Patton

                       Laura Ellen Gifford

                       Alicia Eisenstadt

                       Carolyn Wilkins