Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I've seen the words Reiki and Usui Reiki Ryoho what's the difference?
A: The word Reiki has been used to describe both the energy and the system/hands on spiritual-healing art system created by USUI, Mikao (1865-1926)
This has lead to some people writing Reiki with a capital R meaning the method or system and reiki with a small r meaning the energy.
Personally, I'd rather lessen the confusion by defining the method or system as Usui Reiki Ryoho and using Reiki to define the energy.
Q: Is Reiki safe?
A: Yes, the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has stated "Reiki hasn't been shown to have any harmful effects".
Q: Is Reiki a licenced or regulated profession?
A: Currently in Canada there is no licencing body governing how individuals practice Usui Reiki Ryoho.
However, some cities like Vancouver and Toronto require Reiki practitioners to be members of a professional organization.
Q: Can my private health insurance cover the cost of a Reiki session?
A: Each private insurance company covers different health related therapies. Please check and see if you are covered.
Most of my clients can use their coverage for Reiki sessions.
Q: Is Reiki like massage?
A: No, in Canada; Reiki is not massage. Our clients remain fully clothed, and there is no manipulation of skin or muscles. However, some state legislatures in the U.S. like Florida do require Reiki practitioners to have a massage license.
Q: What can I expect during a Reiki session?
A: Each client will experience Reiki differently. Some of the common comments are: relaxing, calming, gentle and soothing. Clients report heat coming off the practitioners hands, others report not feeling anything - each response is valid. Other clients enter a Reiki slumber, not quite awake but not asleep either.
Q: Do you offer Gift Certificates?
A: Yes, certificates can be given for Reiki session(s) and for Komyo ReikiDo class instruction.
Q: Can anyone be a Reiki practitioner?
A: Yes, anyone can be a Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioner. Once a student is trained it is with them for life. The more a student practices this spiritual/healing art the better they get.
Q: What is Komyo ReikiDo?
A: The Komyo Reiki style is the creation of founder INAMOTO, Haykuten (1998). It is based upon the teachings of the Hayashi Shiki (style) Usui Reiki Ryoho. HAYASHI-sensei (venerable teacher) was a trained by USUI-sensei.
Komyo ReikiDo is free of any Western influences.
The purpose of Komyo ReikiDo is to strive for mind & body improvement, it is a spiritual and healing practice.
Q: How long does it take to become a Komyo ReikiDo (KRD) Teacher?
A: This is not a race, each person takes whatever time they need to become Reiki.
Some students do not want to teach and are quite comfortable deepening their practice as a practitioner.
Other students feel called or are led to become a KRD teacher.
The minimum length of time would be 18 months to 2 years.
Usui Reiki Ryoho is simple to learn however, it has great depth.