A century ago, Dr Usui's Japanese students would go to his house for one-to-one tuition, where they would practise meditation, do energy exercises (Mikao Usui was an accomplished martial artist), chant mantras, discuss their spiritual progress, and receive regular 'Empowerments'. In-between sessions, they were expected to practise their new healing skills and write down their experiences, insights and questions in a special Reiki book. They could spend up to 10 years on the first 'Level'.

This gradual and very organic process is sadly no longer entirely practical in our modern world, but I do try and respect as much of the spirit and methods of Dr Usui's original teaching as possible. 

Not only can this one-to-one training over a period of time  address students' specific needs, it also provides crucial personal support throughout the course.

 Since learning Reiki is a powerful Healing experience in itself, it may also bring deep feelings or memories back to the surface, which some students find easier to deal with in this supportive one-to-one context than they probably would in a group.

As a complement to this one-to-one learning format, OXFORD REIKI organises group meetings where current and former students can give/receive healing and discuss their Reiki experiences.  


Should this one-to-one approach really appeal to you, but you live/work away from Oxford, or time is in short supply, please contact me and we will arrange a course over one weekend or two weekdays


  •   One-to-one:

3 x 3-hour sessions spread over 4-5 weeks. This gives you time to absorb the energies and the contents of the course at your own pace. You receive 40 minutes healing from me at every session as an essential part of the training. Flexible format. Weekdays or weekends.

NB: If time is short and you prefer your course to be concentrated over a couple of days, this can easily be arranged.

  •  Pairs (suitable for close friends, partners or relatives only)

 3 x 3-hour sessions over a period of 2-4 weeks. You each receive about 20 minutes healing from me at every session, and can practise both on each other and on me. Learning Reiki with someone close is beautiful and enriching to any relationship. Available weekdays or weekends.

  • Groups
Please find all the details on the Workshops page
NB: If you and a group of friends/ colleagues (3-5 people) wish to learn Reiki at the same time, I will be happy to run a workshop especially for your group. 
  •  One-to-one 

 4 x 2 and 1/2 hour sessions over a period of 4-6 months. You receive about 25 minutes healing from me at every session.

  • Pairs (for 2 close friends, partners/ relatives who did R1 with me)

 3 x 3-hour sessions taught over a period of 2-4 weeks. 4 treatments on 4 volunteers done in your own time before you receive you Reiki 2 Certificate.

NB: A one-to-one extra session, when you receive healing from me for a whole hour might be helpful as part of your deep healing journey


  • One-to-one only 

 5 x 2 and 1/2 hour sessions spread over a period of 6 -9 months. You receive about 25 minutes healing from me at every session. 



 The O.R Teacher Training course involves

1. Reading/studying my R1 Manual again, but this time from a Teacher's perspective...
2. Observing me teach all four R1 Sessions
3. Straight after each of these observing sessions, we discuss and you practise teaching me every important aspect of the course (usually one hour per session)
4. Then you teach your own volunteer that particular session, in your own environment. You fill in your Teacher Training Feedback Forms and email them back to me after each teaching session. I will then send you my feedback, and any advice that may be helpful for future sessions.

 5. Reading/studying my Reiki 2 Manual, from a Teacher's perspective

6. Observing me teach all four R2 sessions.

7. Following each of these observing sessions, we discuss and you practise teaching all important aspects of the R2 course on me (average duration: one hour per session)


Once you have received your R4 Certificate and experienced teaching R1 and R2 for a good  period of time, you may want to book a couple of sessions on how to teach R3.


 I am delighted that you are interested in this highly rewarding and exciting one-to-one teaching method, and I shall be pleased to talk to you on the phone and/or arrange a meeting with you so we can discuss how to proceed from here.




 Although there is a clearly defined 'plan' for every class, every single session is unique because every student is unique, but generally speaking:

  • We start off by discussing your experiences and progress since the previous Session (or previous Level).
  • You then receive Reiki from me, which a) helps you feel deeply relaxed and centred, b) gives you important first-hand experience of the many different facets of Reiki and c)  raises your awareness of energy.
  • This is followed by your Attunement (about 5-6 minutes). 
  • We discuss your Attunement experience.
  • New material is introduced
  • Then comes the HANDS-ON part, in which you put into practice the various healing techniques you have learned and use me as your guinea pig (in my own training, we students were not given a chance to either receive Reiki from our teacher, nor to practise on them, which was a great missed opportunity). You will right from the start receive encouraging/  informed feedback, which will greatly enhance your confidence.

 In-between classes, you are strongly encouraged to make notes -brief or detailed- about your Reiki experience. This experience is unique, and you will probably look back at these notes with fondness...






  •  R2 students -who will be qualified to work on the general public at the end of R2 if they wish to- are asked to give 16 treatments (4 treatments x 4 different people who clearly need Reiki). Once they have been taught how to send Distant Healing, they will also be asked to do some distant healing swaps with other O.R students, who will give them helpful (and appreciative!) feedback.


  •  R3 students give 24 treatments (4 treatments x 6 different people with more serious conditions - physical, emotional or both-). Although this may initially look a bit daunting, students actually find it highly enjoyable and an invaluable experience. Apart from producing very confident and competent healers, this method also enables students (who obviously keep records of all those treatments) to soon meet the requirements of the Reiki Council if they wish to become Registered Practitioners.


  •  As for R4 students, they report finding the opportunity to observe my teaching of R1 and R2 very helpful and much appreciate the ongoing support and guidance when they start practising teaching. Teaching Reiki is a responsibility and can be challenging at times, so being able/encouraged to keep in touch with one's own teacher can be reassuring.


 For more information on the material covered at the various Levels, please read the  COURSE CONTENT section.



   M.H, Oct 2012:

 ...'One-to-one training:

 Training with Ama over the last year has been great.  From the moment I first stepped through the door, there was an atmosphere of calm, trust and safety in which to learn and experiment. 

 The one-to-one approach means that there is plenty of time for hands-on-practice and to reflect on the experience, and for support through what is an intensely personal process.  In particular, I’ve enjoyed the slower pace of the courses, with time to take on board what I have learnt and experienced and to practice on a number of case studies. 

 For me, Reiki has been a profound learning curve and to go through the course quickly and without the individual space would have been overwhelming and lessened the depth of the experience.  Learning with Ama slowly and one to one has deeply enriched that process...'

 ...'Case Studies:
It was great to have case studies as a part of the training.  Working with a group of volunteers over a period of a few weeks taught me a lot about how people’s engagement with Reiki can change and develop as they become more open and I was able to observe the effect of the treatments on them - they were all very different.  It also gave me opportunity to think about how I present Reiki to clients and how a treatment actually works.  This approach has, I think, increased my professionalism, experience and Reiki skills enormously'.

...'Self Reiki:

One of the most fascinating aspects of learning Reiki has been adopting the practise of self Reiki.  This is now (almost!) a daily practice, and one that I instantly notice the absence of on the increasingly rare occasions when it doesn’t take place.  As a student of Reiki, it is a useful tool to be able to practice any time on yourself and to learn how to “receive” and feel the energy more clearly.  It also has all the benefits of a full reiki treatment, but as many times a day as I feel the need!  Most importantly for me, though, self Reiki has provided me with what I think of as a safe, calm, happy “place” that I can return to at any time, whatever the situation'.

...'Distant Healing:

 For me, distant healing was one of the main attractions of Reiki.  Some of the most important people in my life live at great distances, as is true for many of us, and I felt a strong need to be able to support them and respond to the needs of the people I love, regardless of how often I see them. 

And I have been delighted with the response!  
Recently, a friend with a life threatening illness has been grateful to receive Reiki, and phoned me to tell me she knew when I was sending as she could “feel it in her bones”.  A few other friends have said similar things, and now phone and ask for Reiki when they need it… Distance doesn’t effect my love for them, and now Reiki enables me to act on that'.

   'REIKI for LIFE'

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