Reiki pronounced "RAY-key," is a holistic mind-body healing art developed by Mikao Usui in Japan during the 1920s. It is based on the ancient Eastern understanding of a life force energy or "Rei Ki" (靈氣) that permeates everything in the universe. It's the energy of nature.
Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki Therapy for Improvement of Body and Mind, created this unique healing method that allows Reiki practitioners to channel this life force energy. Using this method, practitioners gently place their hands on the person's body, effectively enhancing the person's natural self-healing ability and maximizing physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Mikao Usui's primary focus was healing physical ailments but he also created techniques that helped resolve mental blocks, bad habits, and emotional disbalance. This's why his method is said to be truly unique - it works on the whole person - mind, body, and spirit.
While the practice of Reiki in Japan nearly completely disappeared, Reiki has gained immense popularity in the West. Over time, a lot was "lost in translation" and Reiki teachings in the West have undergone significant changes, leading to many new Reiki styles. Many of the new Reiki lineages retain "Usui" in the name but utilize techniques that are quite different from the original Reiki method created by the founder.
Thankfully, the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan, has been diligently preserving the traditional Japanese Reiki method of 心身改善臼井靈氣療法 "Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho".
"Jikiden" or "Direct Teaching" of Reiki has been passed down from teacher to student without modification for generations. Today, when hundreds of thousands of people practice Reiki around the world, Jikiden Reiki can be seen as the "best-kept secret" in Reiki - it is our sole remaining access to the traditional Japanese Reiki method.
A Reiki session is usually conducted in a peaceful setting, with a person lying down on a massage table fully clothed. The practitioner then gently places his or her hands on the receiver's body focusing on areas of concern. There is no pressure or manipulation, only light touch.
If you've had Usui Reiki or other Reiki styles in the past, you may have experienced the "no-touch" Reiki. This is not uncommon - in many Reiki styles, practitioners don't touch their clients and have hands hovering above the client's body. At San Diego Reiki, our Certified Jikiden Reiki practitioners utilize direct touch during Reiki. Direct touch was considered essential in the original Reiki method and we continue following that authentic Japanese tradition.
When a person receives Reiki, the experience may be different each time, even with the same practitioner. Some people feel a certain flow through their body, others feel warmth or other physical sensations.
You may experience clarity, grounding, feeling more balanced, and a certain lightness - as if a weight has been lifted off. Occasionally, Reiki may trigger an emotional release. It is also possible not to feel anything during the session, but it is rather rare. Most people feel relaxed and rejuvenated after receiving Reiki.
San Diego Reiki is a traditional Japanese Reiki practice founded in 2014 by Dr. Maria Danilychev, MD.
Amazed by over a decade of observational evidence of the effectiveness of complementary therapies, Dr. Danlychev learned Reiki in 2013 and soon after, established San Diego Reiki, a practice dedicated to natural well-being through the gentle yet effective Japanese mind-body healing art of Jikiden Reiki.
What started as the doctor's learning experience out of scientific curiosity, has transformed into a unique Reiki practice that has transformed the lives of thousands of people.
We now have several Jikiden Reiki practitioners and continue to offer Reiki sessions and classes in San Diego and beyond.
Dr. Danilychev, MD, the founder of San Diego Reiki, is a practicing medical doctor with more than 20 years of experience.
Over the course of her medical career, Dr. Danilychev has seen a lot! From being one of the first responders during 9/11 to becoming one of the very few quadruple board-certified physicians in the US, Dr. Danilychev's expertise spans the fields of Internal Medicine, Clinical Research, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
In addition to Dr. Danilychev's extensive knowledge of Western Medicine, she is the only medical doctor in the US, who is certified to practice and teach Jikiden Reiki, the only available traditional Japanese Reiki healing method.
In spite of a wide range of her accomplishments, Dr. Danilychev maintains a humble approach of empathy and compassion in medicine, as well as in her Reiki practice.
In her spare time, Dr. Danilychev enjoys nature, travel, learning new languages, music, and other hobbies that feel expansive and creative.
Barbara is an experienced and compassionate Reiki practitioner. With over 14 years of practice and study in Usui, Karuna, and Jikiden Reiki, she has developed a profound reverence for the traditional Japanese healing art for body and mind that is Jikiden Reiki. Barbara has a diverse background in the healing arts. She is an RN for just under 30 years, having recently retired from Kaiser Permanente Home Health. She worked as a Holistic Health Practitioner for 15 years doing Massage Therapy.
Barbara approaches each client gently, with kindness and compassion. Her goal in a Reiki session is bring the client home to their true inner self where you will experience a profound sense of well-being, resilience and happiness.
A resident of San Diego, Barbara, in her spare time, enjoys walking her Black Lab Winnie, hiking, reading, and practicing Zen meditation.
Ingrid is a well-rounded Reiki Practitioner who combines a deep knowledge of Reiki with expertise in personal training and nutrition. Her journey with Reiki began as she explored holistic and Eastern healing methods. She completed Shoden and Okuden Reiki training (levels 1 & 2) and has become a Certified Jikiden Reiki Practitioner. Ingrid views herself as a lifelong learner, always eager to expand her knowledge to enhance her practice.
Because of her unique background, Ingrid has a deep understanding of the human body and how the musculoskeletal and nervous systems interact in response to injury. Ingrid harnesses the power of Reiki specializing in Reiki for sports injury management and for maximizing general well-being and athletic performance. Ingrid's caring presence and empathetic nature will make you feel comforted and relaxed. Receiving Reiki from Ingrid will help you stay motivated and reach your highest physical and spiritual potential.
When not practicing Reiki, Ingrid enjoys spending time in nature, traveling, and training in her favorite martial art Muay Thai.
In addition to being a Certified Jikiden Reiki Practitioner and 1st-level teacher, Laurie is an actively practicing Labor and Delivery nurse with many years of experience in the medical field.
Being drawn to natural wellness, Laurie embarked on a search for a holistic modality that would feel most aligned with her inner path and eventually discovered Jikiden Reiki - a gentle yet powerful healing method from Japan. Having learned other styles of Reiki in the past from some of the most esteemed teachers in the field, Laurie really connected with the authentic nature of Jikiden Reiki and has directly observed its remarkable healing effects in her work as a nurse.
Laurie is truly a natural healer and has unique spiritual insights, that can help gently guide you through even the most challenging healing journey. Laurie's clarity, calm, and wisdom will help you feel safe and supported while Reiki helps restore your mind-body and spirit.
In her free time, Laurie loves travel, photography, writing, and spending time with family and her amazing yellow lab Elsa.