Course Syllabus

Jikiden Reiki manualThe Shoden Syllabus is set by the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Japan and is based on the early 1900s teachings of Chujiro Hayashi (one of Reiki Founder Mikao Usui’s closest students).  The aim with a Jikiden Reiki seminar is to replicate these original teachings as closely as possible.

This comprehensive training is taught in three parts (normally over two days or as a series of evening sessions) and provides participants with the tools to provide hands-on Reiki sessions.

Shoden Part One

Students learn about the history of Reiki (along with the original meanings of words commonly used in relation to Reiki); receive Reiju (attunement); learn about the Gokai (or Five Principles) and experience Reiki Mawashi ( a group exercise to practice giving and receiving Reiki).

Shoden Part Two

Students receive Reiju (attunement); practice Reiki Mawashi; learn how to use Reiki for minor ailments (Reiki First Aid); are introduced to the first Shirushi (symbol); learn about the concept of byosen and learn the sequence for the Ketsueki Kokan (or ‘Kekko’) massage – a short and invigorating massage traditionally offered at the end of the Reiki session.

Shoden Part Three

Students receive Reiju (attunement); practice Reiki Mawashi; practice Reiki Okuri (a group exercise to feel the flow of Reiki energy) and learn Hatsurei-ho (an individual technique for generating Reiki and for developing sensitivity in the hands).


During each section of the seminar, there will be plenty of time to ask questions and to practice new skills.  Students completing the Shoden course receive two certificates (both issued by the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Japan) – an English version and a traditional wood block printed Japanese certificate.  If you would like to know more about the Jikiden Reiki training courses offered by Reiki with Roots, or to book your place on one of our courses, please contact us.