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Templo Kurama-dera no Monte Kurama


Bibliographic references that served as support for this text:  

  • Reiki Handbook by Dr. Mikao Usui – Frank A. Petter 

  • REIKI - Traditional Japanese System - Johnny De' Carli

Reiki, with this name, in this guise, was channeled by Sensei Mikao Usui around 1922, in Japan. This spiritual knowledge came to the West in the year 1938, and perhaps part of the original method was lost during this transition between different cultures and Masters.


Reiki is not an oral tradition, which is evidenced by the fact that Dr. Mikao Usui used a Training Manual, material that he distributed to his students, stressing that written content is a fundamental part for anyone who is a Reiki practitioner. It takes practice, of course, but the practice of Reiki flows in better harmony when the theoretical knowledge is well aligned and grounded.


The Japanese Techniques taught by Dr. Mikao Usui comes to improve the therapeutic treatment with Reiki Energy. Through several practical exercises, allied to Energy, the chance of success in the process of health recovery or rebalancing of the individual is increased - which consolidates the authenticity of the Reiki method and the value it offers.


Dr. Mikao applied Reiki intuitively, in conjunction with Healing Techniques that were compiled by him and called: Usui Reiki Ryoho Hikkei [Usui System of Natural Healing]. As for the use of procedures, the more we practice, the more secure we feel in relation to their use, fitting here the old orientation “practice makes the monk”.  


“Reiki energy naturally finds its own paths, precisely where it is needed. However, this does not exclude the possibility that the practitioner follows his inspiration with his hands.” (Frank A. Petter)


Western Reiki treatment takes care of the person more broadly, in general. On the other hand, Oriental Reiki treatment, as Sensei Mikao practiced in Japan, is more intuitive and follows a specific direction, it seeks to use focus, because the more specific we are, the better the results.


“Usui Reiki Ryoho does not use medicines or instruments. Use only gaze, blow, glide, percussion (light) and touch (of the affected part of the body). This is what cures disease.”


Above the speech of Dr. Mikao in the interview already published in: Reiki, The Legacy of Dr. Usui.  


There are several methods taught by Mikao Usui and which are passed on during the Reiki Course with a Reiki Master qualified in Japanese Techniques. However, not all Reiki courses in the West teach these Techniques, given that Reiki was brought to the West by Sensei Hawayo Takata - Master who chose not to pass on knowledge in Japanese Techniques and taught Reiki treatment through the Chakra System .


Next I leave one of the Japanese Techniques taught by Mikao Usui for the Reiki Level 1 Course. This procedure is used to lower FEVER in children or adults; or for relaxation, energetic elevation and revitalization of the physical body. It can also be used for oncology therapy.


This Japanese Technique is the application of Reiki through the navel. It is called HESSO-CHIRYO-HO, pronounced “réssôtíliôrro”.  


HESSO means navel  

CHIRYO means treatment  

HO means technique  


  1. Place the tip of the middle finger of your dominant hand inside your belly button, pressing it lightly for a few minutes until you feel your pulse. It is important that the pressure is gentle; 

  2. Focus and visualize the Reiki Energy coming out of your middle finger and spreading throughout the receiver's body (imagine your body in the case of self-treatment or the client's body in the case of treatment by others); 

  3. Remain in this position, donating energy for at least 3 minutes.  


An alternative way to apply this technique is to place the whole hand below the navel and focus the emission of Reiki Energy into the body.  

For ethical reasons, when applying this technique to a client or other person, it is recommended to use a tissue over the navel or apply Reiki Energy on clothing.  


  • Reiki Master Aline Keny passes on in her courses the understanding of Eastern and Western Usui Reiki, combining knowledge and its different practices.  

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