Shoden (Reiki 1)

The practice of Reiki is an original method of healing developed by Mikao Usui in Japan early in the 20th century. Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, meaning “Usui Reiki Healing Method Learning Society”, is the name of the society of Reiki Masters founded by Mikao Usui.

Gendai Reiki Ho is not a new Reiki system. It can be referred to as “original Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho in the Gendai Reiki style,” as it allows people in modern society to learn and practice the original Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho easily and comfortably.

Certification levels of Gendai Reiki Ho: 

  • Level I – Shoden (Reiki 1)
  • Level II – Okuden (Reiki 2)
  • Level III – Shinpiden (Reiki 3)
  • Level IV – Gokuikaiden (Master)

This seminar for beginners will open the Reiki pathway, by receiving energy transmissions (commonly called attunements) that are performed three times. These energies transmissions will open the channel enabling you to connect to Reiki whenever you need it. In this seminar, you learn the basic theories and healing techniques. You can use Reiki that very same day.

Gendai Reiki Ho Shoden seminars are offered in person only.

The course covers these topics:

Summary of Reiki-ho

  • Origins
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Structure
  • The attunement

Basis of healing

  • How to use hands
  • Aura cleansing
  • The basic 12 hand positions

Reiki healing for people

  • Self-healing
  • Healing for others

An understanding of a Reiki session

Reiki healing of animals and plants

How to practice Reiki-ho after finishing the Level I seminar

Purifying and infusing energy

  • How to cleanse a space
  • Room
  • Lucky charm
  • Stone
  • Jewellery
  • How to charge energy
  • How to cut off negative energy

 Typical healing techniques

  • Reiki marathon
  • Reiki circle
  • Nentatsu-ho

Self-purifying and Self-growth

  • Giho
  • Kenyoku-ho (dry bathing)
  • Chakra Kassei Kokyu-ho (chakra activation breathing)
  • Hikari no Kokyu-ho (Light Breathing)
  • Gassho Kokyu-ho (Gassho Breathing)

You will learn

  • How Reiki originated and evolved over the past one hundred years.
  • What energy is and how to feel the flow of Reiki.
  • Sensing your own energy and the energy of other people.
  • Have an understanding of how energy works and acquiring healing abilities.
  • The Japanese Reiki techniques.
  • How to charge energy.
  • How to cleanse cut off negative energy and cleanse your aura.
  • Hand positions to give yourself Reiki treatments.
  • Use the 12 basic hand positions to treat others.
  • The importance of Self-healing, Self-purifying and Self-Growth.
  • Reiki as a spiritual practice.


Professional Reiki Practitioner Diploma

This seminar counts towards Module 1 of the Professional Reiki Practitioner Diploma.

Entry requirements

This is an introductory course and there are no entry requirements. It provides core subject knowledge and the study skills that will help you progress to the Level 2 training after at least three months of practice.


Membership of Reiki Organisations

After completing your Reiki 1 training, you will be eligible for membership with the UK Reiki Federation, The Reiki Association, The Reiki-Guild, and other UK-based Reiki organisations.


Would you like to study Reiki abroad?

Gendai Reiki Ho seminars and the Professional Reiki Practitioner Diploma are also taught in Italy, in Italian and English.

Click here for information about Reiki Courses in Italy (in Italian).

Class Dates

  • 5 & 6 October 2024 – Benedictine Institute, London, W5 2DD
  • 30 November & 1 December 2024 – Benedictine Institute, London
  • 1 & 2 March 2025 – Benedictine Institute, London, W5 2DD
  • 26 & 27 July 2025 – Benedictine Institute, London, W5 2DD



The fee for this course is £200.

What’s included

  • 16 hours of study and practice.
  • The official Gendai Reiki Ho Level I Shoden manual.
  • An internationally recognised Gendai Reiki Ho Level I Shoden certificate.


Have you already learned Reiki from another lineage?

For most Japanese Gendai Reiki Masters in Japan, changing the Master is a big deal. A person who has learned Reiki from another lineage, even if that person is already a Master, must start with Introduction/Level 1 if he/she wants to learn Gendai Reiki. Gendai Reiki adheres to the philosophy and pure energy line of Usui Sensei. If a person is taught from the middle level, he/she will lack the energy transmission and theories of the levels that were not taught.

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Giancarlo Serra

Giancarlo is a Gokuikaiden (Reiki Master) of the Japanese Lineage, as well as a Reiki Master/Teacher of the Usui/Tibetan, the Usui/Holy Fire® and the Holy Fire® Karuna Reiki® Western Lineages of Reiki. He is an accredited Spiritual Healer and a Past Life and Regression Therapist. Read more.

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