First Degree Course Description

Shoden: Reiki First Degree

Your Reiki 'First Degree' course lasts for 15-16 hours, which is equivalent to more than two day's training. You spend approx. nine hours working through a multimedia study pack, at your leisure, and then attend a one-day course. During the training you will focus on practical energy work, with an experienced Reiki teacher. If working in a group there will be no more than four students on any of the First Degree courses.

This approach provides you with a complete training in the basic Reiki technique. You can learn at your leisure, in the comfort of your own home, allowing all the information to sink in and allowing you to raise any questions that you might have.  When you arrive on the course you will be well-prepared and already know a great deal about Reiki. On the day, it is more practical, so you will learn how to work with energy and putting what you have learned from the manuals into practice.

The Study Pack

You will have a chance to go through your study pack, usually a few weeks before the course, so you are familiar with the basics of Reiki. Imparting a load of information on a course is a really ineffective way to learn or to teach, so we help you to get to grips with the 'knowledge' side of Reiki before you arrive on your day-course. The study pack consists of a comprehensive, professionally-printed 170-page 'Shoden' manual and a two specially-produced audio CDs, one containing 70 minutes of commentary and the other containing guided meditations that you will be introduced to on your course and which you will use subsequently. Your pre-course reading and listening will focus you on these areas:
  • What Reiki is and where it comes from (the History, Background and Development)
  • What Reiki's founder taught and how we can follow the original system in the modern world
  • The Reiki 'precepts', mindfulness, and the use of empowerments
  • How to benefit from daily energy exercises and self-treatments
  • How to use Reiki on other people
We will review this information briefly on the day of the course, but most of the training day concentrates on hands-on practice rather than theory.

Tune in to the Reiki energy

During the morning of your course, you will go through three simple and powerful 'connection' rituals, called 'Reiju' empowerments. These traditional Japanese empowerments open up the channels through which Reiki flows. They are equivalent to Western-style Reiki 'attunements' and enable you to use Reiki for your own benefit and for the benefit of the people around you - your family and friends. This ability will stay with you for life, you will never lose it, and Reiki works for everyone! 

Learn to work with energy

During the morning, you will start to work with your energy in different ways. You will learn to feel your own energy and you will practice feeling other people's energy, and we will run through and practice some Japanese energy exercises that you can use every day to balance your energy system and to make you a stronger and clearer channel for Reiki. These energy exercises come from Japanese Reiki, in its original and later forms, and have been missing from Western Reiki for 50 years.

Learn how to Treat yourself Japanese style and Western style

Reiki in its original form is much more about working on your self than it is about working on other people, so you will learn several approaches that you can use to work on yourself, and the morning will end by your teacher talking you through a traditional Japanese self-treatment 'meditation'. You can find out how relaxing an experience it is! We will also explain the Western approach to carrying out self-treatments.

Give treatments to other people

Reiki is presented in the West as a sort of hands-on treatment technique, a form of complementary therapy, and you will be thoroughly trained in this aspect of the system. In the afternoon, we will spend some time talking about how to give treatments to other people, and we will demonstrate some 'standard' hand positions. Although it is good practice to work intuitively, and that will come with time, it is reassuring to begin with to have some basic guidelines to follow! With time and practice, you should be able to leave the standard hand positions behind you and let the energy guide you (we cover this on the Second Degree - 'Okuden' - part of the course). We will also talk about balancing and energising the aura, and 'scanning' with your hands. You will practice these techniques on each other, and we will give you feedback on what you have done and noticed.

During the afternoon of the course you will pair up with another student, give a full Reiki treatment and receive a full Reiki treatment, under the close guidance and support of your teacher. We will run through the basics, you will treat and be treated from head to foot, and you'll find out what an amazing experience giving and receiving Reiki can be! When you have finished, we will review what you have felt and noticed, and what your 'client' has experienced!

You will then swap over, and receive a full Reiki treatment from your partner, so you can know what it feels like to be on the receiving end! Again, we will review what you both experienced.

The Audio CDs

Our Reiki First Degree course is accompanied by two audio CDs. The first contains 70 minutes of commentary which summarises the main themes of your course, and the other CD contains guided meditations that you will use at First Degree, and Second Degree, levels.

By having on CD the main things that are said to you on the day course, you really are able to 'take your course home with you'. You won't forget what you were told on the course because you can hear it all again at home, at your own leisure!

The guided meditations take you through Hatsu Rei Ho (energy exercises) and a self-treatment meditation that Reiki's founder taught. So instead of fumbling around trying to read the instructions in your manual while trying to keep in the flow of it, you can simply flip on the CD, close your eyes, and follow the instructions. Your meditation will flow all the more easily because of this, and you'll learn how to do it without having to try too hard!

The Course Manual

Each course is accompanied by a comprehensive, professionally printed manual that covers everything we teach on the day. On the course you can relax, safe in the knowledge that everything we do is there in the manual for you to take home with you. You do not need to take notes on the course! The 'Shoden' manual runs to 170 A4 pages, with 60,000 words and many digital images.



The Certificate

All courses are accompanied by an attractive certificate written in Japanese kanji and Western text, and signed by your teacher. In this case your certificate confirms that you have received instruction and Reiju empowerments and have satisfied the requirements of the "First Degree" of Reiki.

Course Fees

The fee for the First Degree Course is £130. You pay a deposit of £60 in advance and the balance is paid to your teacher on the day of your course.  Or alternatively you can pay the whole amount in advance via Paypal.  You will be issued with a receipt.