REIKI RYOHO KENKYU-KAI
HAYASHI SHIKI REIKI RYOHO
Reiki Treatment Research Association &
the 'Hayashi Style Reiki Treatment/Healing Method')
© 2005 James Deacon
[Updated May 2015]
Chujiro Hayashi, a Medical Doctor, graduated at the Japanese Naval
Academy in 1902, and in 1918 was appointed Director of Ominato
Port Defense Station, at the foot of Mt Osore, Northern Japan.
has been described by Shou
Matsui as "a warm-hearted yet serious man".
May 1925, he apparently began studying at Usui-Sensei's dojo
(training centre) in Nakano, outside of Tokyo, progressing rapidly
and competently through the grades to Shinpiden level.
few months after Usui-Sensei's death in 1926, Hayashi-Sensei is
believed to have been instrumental in having the dojo moved
to Shinano Machi (where apparently his own clinic was).
Matsui (writing in 1928) mentioned that Hayashi-Sensei would give
Reiki treatments to clients in the mornings, and also taught Reiki
Ryoho for five days each month. (It seems that in the late 20's,
Shoden level training was for an hour and a half a day over the
five day period)
1930, so we are told, Hayashi-Sensei had begun modify his approach
to Reiki (presumably to bring it more in line with his own understanding
of clinical methodology/practice) and it was some time around
this period that he established the Hayashi Reiki Ryoho Kenkyukai
(Hayashi Reiki Treatment Research Association).
eventually left the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1931.
One of Hayashi-Sensei's students - Chiyoko Yamaguchi (Jikiden Reiki), referred to his system as Hayashi Shiki
Reiki Ryoho (Hayashi Style Reiki Treatment/Healing Method)
We know from Takata-sensei that her training with Hayashi-Sensei
took the form of an internship at his clinic - her own apprenticeship
for lasting somewhere in the region of six months.
she also tells us that initial tuition for the first
level or grade consisted of four days of training -
a separate initiation being given on each day.
1 dealt with treatment of the head and neck, and related medical
Day 2 - treatment of the front of the body
Day 3 - treatment of the back, spine and nervous systems
Day 4 dealt with treatment of accidents and acute illnesses; and
also with the spiritual aspects of Reiki - including the Principles
Yamaguchi (Jikiden Reiki) claimed that, in
training with Hayashi-sensei took a form not dissimilar to this
initial 'seminar'-style teaching (though perhaps of a somewhat
simplified nature - as apparently it consisted of both
Level 1 and 2, presented over a single five-day period.]
Takata-sensei tells us that Haysahi-sensei's clinic was quite
small, with 8 treatment couches; and that generally at least two
practitioners/students would give treatment to each patient. (Not
counting Haysahi-sensei and his wife Chie, there were apparently
17 other practitioners at the clinic when Takata-sensei began
her apprenticeship there)
is credited with the introduction of the formal set of treatment
hand-positions taught in 'western' Reiki.
as Chiyoko Yamaguchi was apparently not taught formal positions
when she studied with him in 1938, it seems likely that he either
modified his teaching to suit particular types of student, or
else had decided to revert to Usui-Sensei's more intuitive approach
Hayash-Sensei's system focussed primarily on Reiki as a practical
method of hands-on treatment, playing down some of the more spiritual
elements of the Usui system.
He used and taught the 4 symbols as a central component of his
system, and - though we cannot be absolutely certain about this
- he is possibly also responsible for the creation of the denju
attunement format taught in 'western' Reiki.
are told that in the early 30's Hayashi-Sensei taught Reiki in
four levels named: Shoden, Chuden, Okuden and Shinpiden, though
by the time he taught Takata-Sensei, the system had only three
also created a 9-section 'treatment guidelines' booklet - known
Hayashi Ryoho Shishin
which was given to his students. [It is possible that he was also
responsible for creating a similar guide known as the Usui
Ryoho Shishin ]
1935-6 Hawayo Takata studied at Hayashi-Sensei's clinic and it
seems both Hawayo Takata and Hayashi-Sensei's wife: Chie, received
the master level initiation possibly some time in early or mid 1936.
Hayashi-Sensei committed seppuku (suicide) at his Villa
in Atami, near Mt. Fuji in 1940, his wife Chie took over the running
of his Reiki clinic. (Even
though Hayashi-Sensei's daughter had accompanied him on a tour
to promote Reiki in Hawaii, it seems she had no interest in becoming
involved with the clinic. The same was true for Hayashi-Sensei's
It was Hayashi-Sensei's
modification and development of the Usui system [evolving it into
a clinically-presented hands-on healing practice] that Takata-Sensei
later present to the West as 'Usui Shiki Ryoho' (Usui Style Treatment/Healing