About Reiki

Reiki-kanji-Tensyo-whiteWhat is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-kee in North America, and lay-kee in Japan) is spiritual energy, which is present in all living beings and in all things. The system of reiki, founded in Japan by Mikao Usui in 1922, has five major elements: Developing spiritual and mental focus; techniques and meditations; hands-on healing; four mantras and symbols; and Reiju/attunements. Reiki practitioners offer hands-on healing and other techniques to reduce stress and promote relaxation and healing.

Reiki energy goes where it is most needed. It clears negative energy to keep the body in alignment and in a state of improved wellness. Reiki offers deep relaxation that counterbalances stress, so the body can activate its own healing ability. A treatment is given by “laying on hands” on or near the body. A person receiving reiki may experience heat or coolness, a sensation of moving energy, or a “healing reaction” as energetic blocks are cleared, and usually experiences a feeling of comfort and deep relaxation.

Articles About Reiki

Healing with Reiki

The Brain Waves of Reiki

Peer-reviewed Reiki studies

The Mayo Clinic: Nine facts about Reiki

The Washington Post: Reiki Goes Mainstream

Michelle Kyle’s Reiki Training

Michelle has studied both traditional Japanese and Western reiki, with five different teachers (More information).

Level 1 Bonnie Adam, Guelph (Western, 2013)

Carolyn Musial, Buffalo (Western, 2014)

Level 2 Kathleen Prasad, California (Japanese, 2013)

Carolyn Musial, Buffalo (Western, 2014)

Level 3 Kathleen Prasad, Florida (Japanese, 2014)

William Lee Rand, Michigan (Western, 2014)

Frans Stiene, Chicago (Japanese, 2017)

Frans Stiene, Victoria (Japanese, 2019)

She has also participated in additional in-person and online reiki workshops. All of her studies have enhanced her understanding of reiki. She now practices and teaches traditional Japanese reiki.

Michelle Kyle’s Reiki Lineage

A Reiki lineage is a family tree showing the energetic connection from the founder of the system of reiki through to your practitioner or teacher. The branch is named at the top, with the lineage listed underneath. Michelle’s reiki lineage is below.


Usui Mikao
Founder of the System
Kanichi Taketomi
3rd President of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Koyama Kimiko
6th President of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Doi Hiroshi
Current Member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Frans Stiene
Michelle Kyle