Tadao Yamaguchi gives unique insight into Japanese Reiki


Tadao Yamaguchi on kindnessIn this rare interview with Tadao Yamaguchi

the head of Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan, speaks about growing up with Reiki as a child, his family’s involvement in the practice, their extensive treatment experience using Reiki to benefit everyday ailments as well as very serious conditions, and about his vision for the future of Jikiden Reiki.

Find out why Reiki went underground in Japan and became some kind of secret healing art, what kind of conditions respond well to Reiki, how to use Reiki to support serious health problems, who is suitable for practising Reiki, how to give the most effective treatments and more.

Read the FULL INTERVIEW here

An extract of Gisela Stewart’s recorded conversation with Tadao Yamaguchi has also been published in the November/December issue of Kindred Spirit.
Contact me if you would like me to send you a copy by mail order.

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10 Reasons Why Learning Jikiden Reiki Is So Incredibly Empowering:  


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  1. Stress: If you’re stressed, anxious or tired all the time, Reiki gives you simple, accessible tools to improve your energy levels and your state of mind. People report unexpected encounters with happiness after Jikiden Reiki sessions! *
  2. Low immune system: If you’re run down and find yourself catching every bug that is going, being ill more often and longer than most people around you, Reiki gives you a simple and effective method to build up your immune system again.
  3. Chronic Conditions: If you struggle with a chronic illness (often difficult to treat with modern medicine), daily self-reiki treatment can improve your quality of life and, over time, your chances of recovery
  4. Cancer: If you or your nearest suffer from cancer, Reiki has been proven to alleviate anxiety, and experience shows that it can be tremendously helpful in lessening the side-effects of conventional cancer therapies.
  5. End-of-life care: Reiki can be a wonderful way of accompanying the dying, bringing pain relief, emotional acceptance and comfort to everyone involved.
  6. Natural Health: If you want to rely on pharmaceutical drugs only in emergencies, and generally prefer a more natural path to health and recovery, then Jikiden Reiki is ideal as it works with your body’s natural healing mechanisms.
  7. Physical Rehabilitation: Physical healing processes tend to happen a little faster and with better outcomes if supported with Reiki treatment. This includes broken bones, which have sometimes mended in record speed with frequent Reiki support. In my experience, stroke patients can also benefit tremendously.
  8. Wound healing: For all manner of small injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, bruises, sprains and even burns, the Jikiden Reiki First Aid method for minor ailments can be used, which tends to ensure fast, clean healing results. Learning this method is invaluable if you have small children!
  9. Your child’s immune system: Jikiden Reiki is for you if you want to help your children build strong natural immunity, so that they are in the best position to easily shake off any illnesses that may come their way.
  10. Household use: This makes Jikiden Reiki the natural port of call in the household, bringing speedier recovery from everyday illnesses such as colds and viruses, plus it is instantly available in cases of small injuries.* The founder of the practice, Mikao Usui, referred to Reiki as his secret method to invite health and happiness, not without reason I think.

Disclaimer: The positive outcomes of Jikiden Reiki treatment listed here are entirely based on direct experience, and are not yet underpinned by science. You should always consult your medical practitioner when seriously ill, and may consider using Jikiden Reiki as a powerful complement to appropriate medical care.

Jikiden Reiki treatment involves no risk, as no substances are ingested, and with the treatment using light touch on the fully clothed body, there is no need to fear injury from physical manipulation.

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Why the one-hour-a-week treatment model may not always be what you need


The length and frequency of Reiki treatment depends on your conditionAs a Reiki practitioner I find that my clients often come with unspoken expectations about their sessions with me. Showing up for treatments at weekly intervals is one of them, and at times this appears to be a rule set in stone. Yet working in this way does not always get the best results.

A toxin free body is in a better position to take care of its own healing needs

As Jikiden Reiki practitioners, we  are guided  by the sensations we feel in our hands when placing them on a client. This body feedback helps the practitioner to locate the areas in the client’s body where toxins have accumulated. Carefully observing how these sensations change over time helps us to assess how long to treat a specific area and when to expect improvement. We refer to this skill as sensing byosen (pronounced: bjoh sen).

Our treatment decisions, in Jikiden Reiki, are based on this concept of byosen, tuning into and following the body’s natural healing response. As we focus energy on an area with high accumulations of toxins, Reiki helps to break these down more effectively. The sensations we are looking for can be felt at their most intense when this happens.  Often, the toxins are deeply buried within the tissues, though, so Reiki is needed to first bring them to the surface. During these periods we may not feel so much. So careful observation over a period of time is indicated!

We suggest an individually tailored program based on what’s going on in your body

From a Jikiden point of view, there are no standard hand positions nor a standard length of treatment. Of course we would not keep you on the treamtment table beyond your endurance limit. But for severe cases, a 70 to 90 minute treatment might be quite in order. Chiyoko Yamaguchi, my teacher’s mother, and herself trained by one of the original Reiki teachers, often gave Reiki for an hour and a half, and then asked her client to be back next day or as soon a possible, when she was working with severely ill clients. And this she would keep up for a period of two or three months, if necessary, until the sensations in her hands (and the client’s health of course!) indicated improvement.

Why you may want to learn Reiki for self-care

Of course, seeing a practitioner this frequently would be difficult to afford for most people. This is why Tadao Yamaguchi, the head of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, often recommends that someone who is seriously ill, learn Reiki and also receive frequent Reiki treatments from a family member or someone who is able to make this level of commitment to them.

Even with comparatively more minor health problems, the weekly treatment model may not always be best. While byosen is strong, perhaps two or three treatments in one week may help the client to return to full health much more quickly by comparison to the alternative of making weekly appointments by default.

Related reading: On the benefits of Reiki for cancer patients

Why less is more: Christmas thoughts on authenticity, peace and gratitude


Christmas can be a challenge for me. Or at least it has been in the last few years. Since the children have stopped believing in Santa, the festive season has lost its magic. I used to feel guilty at telling them a fairy tale, but at least it wasn’t just catalogues and shopping lists. I struggle with the materialism, kitsch, noise, stress, excess & meaningless ritual that I associate with this time of year, and every time I have to make a tremendous effort to  overcome my resistance and come to a place of peace. Continue reading