Joan Spence

Counselling & Coaching Services Inc

Currently: I am not accepting Reiki clients or booking Reiki sessions due to COVID-19

History of Reiki 

Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist monk, discovered and developed the tradition of Usui Reiki.  He studied Kiko, a Japanese version of "Qi Gong, a discipline designed to improve health through meditation, breathing practices, and slow moving exercise.  It focuses on the development and use of Ki or life energy" (Lubeck, Petter and Rand, 2009).  Dr. Usui's pursuit of knowledge led him to further study medicine, psychology, religion and spiritual development.  During a retreat at Mt. Kurama, Dr. Usui experienced healing energy and he began practicing Reiki on himself, as well as family members.  Later in 1922, he opened his first Reiki clinic in Tokyo where he taught and gave treatments.  After the 1923 earthquake in Japan, Dr. Usui gave treatments in his clinic for people left homeless, injured, physically ill and emotionally traumatized. Later, in 1937, Hawayo Takata brought Reiki to North America after she received Reiki treatments and studied Usui Reiki in Japan.

A Reiki Session

  • During a treatment, a client remains fully clothed.
  • Rei means spiritually guided and Ki means life force energy.
  • There is no manipulation of the skin or tissue.
  • Reiki induces deep relaxation allowing stress to be released.
  • My clients report their Reiki treatments differently, but most describe experiencing a calm, relaxed state.  Also, many of my clients report feeling less stressed and that their sleep improved.

A few words about Stress 

  1. "The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75-95% of all visits to doctors are the results of reaction to stress.  The effects of unreleased stress range from minor aches to major health concerns, such as heart disease, digestive disorders, respiratory and skin problems."
  2. "Stress can also activate our fears and cause our life force energy to diminish.  When this happens we weaken our ability to respond to fear appropriately and to transform it"
  3. "Reiki supports any medical, or supplemental healing methods a client may be using and is of growing interest to chiropractors, medical doctors, physiotherapists, psychotherapists, psychologists and hypnotherapists."

From the Canadian Reiki Association

Scientific Explanation of Reiki

Research on the benefits of Reiki treatments are being explored and our understanding from a scientific standpoint are unfolding.  Dr. James Oschman, author of Energy Medicine, the Scientific Basis, formulates a theory of how Reiki involves electronmagnietic fields generated by all living things and he connects Reiki treatments with the promotion of healing both on the nervous system and the biological tissue.  According to Dr. James Oschman, " It is widely assumed that it is the electric and magnetic fields that interact with organisms, but some researchers suspect that scalar and potentila waves actually underlie these effects."  More research is needed to further our understanding of the healing benefits of Reiki.

Optional Reading:

Energy Medicine, the Scientific Basis by Dr. James Oschman

The Spirit of Reiki by Lubeck, Petter & Rand

Attended Workshops:

​How The Sacred Feminine Is Transforming Your Soul with Caroline Myss. France, 2017

​Reiki Level 1, 2, 3 Completed 2014


​Canadian Reiki Association (#15-114)