Jikiden Reiki Session

Jikiden Reiki

Jikiden Reiki is the original version of Reiki, as it was taught in Japan before it came to the west.  (“Jikiden” is the Japanese word for “directly handed down”, implying there is a traceable lineage!)

Having learned Jikiden Reiki directly from Tadao Yamaguchi sensei, I’m 5th in the Reiki lineage since it was discovered and systematized in the 1920’s in Japan. (Learn more about the history of Reiki here.)

Before we dive deeper into what a Jikiden Reiki session entails, let’s first cover what Reiki is, what it means, where it comes from, and how it works!

What is Reiki?

Reiki, pronounced “ray-kee”, is a form of light-touch energy healing which began in Japan in the 1920s.  Reiki can be used as a modality to help promote faster physical healing or mental/emotional healing.  

A Reiki practitioner is able to send Reiki to themselves or to others, and Reiki healing may be done in-person or from a distance.

What does “Reiki” mean?

In Japanese, “Rei” means “spiritual” or “divine” and “Ki” refers to a person’s vitality or “life for energy”.  When these two words are combined, Reiki collectively refers to “divinely guided life force energy”.

  • The original full name for Reiki in Japanese (still taught in Jikiden Reiki training curriculum) was “Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho”, which translates to “Usui Reiki Therapy for Improving Body and Mind”.

How did it start?

Reiki as a healing modality was first discovered by Mikao Usui sensei in Japan back in 1922.

He was on a 21-ish day journey to find enlightenment and peace of mind on Mount Kurama just outside of Kyoto, Japan.  

Here, Usui sensei discovered Reiki energy accidentally.  He subsequently felt called to develop the Reiki healing system, so that he could share this divine gift with the rest of the world.

Recommended reading:  The History of Reiki 

(Please note that the history of Reiki is covered significantly more in-depth in Reiki level 1 / Jikiden Reiki Shoden practitioner training.)

How does Reiki work?

This natural healing modality involves the harnessing and directing of a special healing energy (Rei-ki), which originates from divine Source.

This energy flows easily through trained Reiki practitioners.  The healing energy then gets directed to any area of focus.  

All Reiki can be sent to yourself or directed to someone else who needs healing.  

When we receives Reiki healing energy, our subconscious mind is able to direct this energy to where it needs to go – so we are actually healing ourselves even when we receive the energy passively!

 What is Jikiden Reiki?

“Jikiden” in Japanese means “directly handed down”. Therefore, Jikiden Reiki is the Japanese version of Reiki as it was originally founded and taught Japan by a man named Mikao Usui Sensei (sensei = “teacher” in Japanese).

For more details on how Jikiden Reiki was established and what makes it special, please check out this article where I explain lots more through sharing the history of Reiki!


Why I choose to practice Jikiden Reiki

In order to become a Jikiden Reiki “Shihan-Kaku” (Teacher of Level 1, or “Shoden” (physical healing), teachers are required to practice a minimum of 120 hours of Reiki on at least 60 different clients.  

During this time in my hands-on clinical experience, I was able to witness some very profound clinical outcomes through Jikiden Reiki sessions!

Jenna Volpe giving a Shoden (physical healing) Jikiden Reiki session to a client laying face-up

Jikiden Reiki potential benefits

I observed the following outcomes in my clinical practice among clients who received Jikiden Reiki from me:
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced “fight or flight” stress response (immediately and long-term)
  • Lower blood pressure
  • More relaxation, less anxiety
  • Improved mood, reduced feelings of depression
  • Deeper sleep
  • Improvements in digestion

Jikiden Reiki client testimonials

“My life has changed since meeting Jenna and receiving Reiki. I was diagnosed with PTSD and suffering with terrible panic attacks which happened multiple times a day including not able to sleep more than n 2 hours a night. I was introduced to Jenna by my primary care Doctor. I had my first distance Reiki session from home while experiencing a severe panic attack. At the end of the session, to my surprise, the panic attack had diminished, I felt calmer than I had been in weeks, and I was able to get through the rest of the day without medication. That night I had slept 6 hours. This felt like a miracle. I met with Jenna later that week for an in-office visit and continued weekly for a period of time. After each visit I could feel the anxiety lift off of me and I was calmer and more grounded. Eventually the panic attacks would become more infrequent and weaker until they finally disappeared. Thanks to Jenna I have been panic/anxiety free and living a ‘normal’ healthy life.”
J. L.
"Jenna is a healer. Her work is truly transformational."
Sophia M.
“As a runner who has had two knee surgeries and a person who exercises regularly with various aches and pains, I have found that Reiki has significantly expedited the healing process. I am able to run multiple days in a row pain free, something I was not able to do before Reiki treatments. Reiki can also help with emotional stress and pain that life brings. This is something that I experienced in my first session and it really helped me in a profound way… For me each session is like a journey in which I sometimes enter with stress and return at the end in a calm, peaceful state. Sometimes I leave the session energized and other times I just want to relax. It’s only based on what my body needs. I have been receiving Reiki treatment … for about nine months. I have always found Jenna to be a kind professional whose calmness allows me to entirely relax, sometimes to the point of falling asleep, and I am not the type of person who can just fall asleep anywhere. I believe that Reiki can help everyone!”
Jikiden Reiki Shihan Kaku 2017 - Jenna Volpe with Tadao Yamaguchi and 2 other students