Mission and Goals

SF REIKI CENTER is a traditional private practice and school. Our mission is to provide a safe space for physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation for our clients and students. We follow the standards of Hawayo Takata and the discipline of Usui Shiki Ryoho. SF REIKI CENTER is a member of Reiki Centers of America, a non-profit, which provides education, mentorship, business development and technical assistance to Reiki Centers who follow Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage of Reiki. SF REIKI CENTER honors and acknowledges Brian Brunius of NYC REIKI CENTER for his unwavering mentorship, guidance and support.  Christopher Tellez is a Reiki Master and the founder of SF REIKI CENTER.





SF REIKI CENTER holds space for Reiki students to grow, learn, and develop ones gifts and full potential.  Within this sphere we are committed to connecting with our larger Usui Shiki Ryoho community by attending retreats, events, workshops sponsored by our international colleagues. SF REIKI CENTER acts as a portal to connect our students to the larger global Reiki community.


Receiving the Reiki attunements changes us by increasing the flow of energy into and around the body. By activating the so-called “light potential” of each person through Reiki initiations, we not only make it possible for them to share Reiki with others, but we enrich them with a flow of energy that will help them overcome their greatest obstacles and fully inhabit their lives and personal missions.


All beings are essentially One. By expanding our consciousness, we help all sentient beings. By helping another to expand their consciousness, we empower ourselves and all other beings. Through obstacles and anxieties, we use the support and community of the SF Reiki Center to increase the consciousness of our members.


The spiritual teacher Sathya Sai Baba often exhorted us, “Love all, Serve all.” This instruction helps us keep our lives and daily activities focused on the singular thought: “What do I have to give to each person or situation I encounter?” At SF Reiki Center, thinking of others first takes us out of our ego and puts Reiki in charge of our lives and daily activities. We offer ourselves each day in the service of Reiki, and ask that we may be shown how to make a difference in the world.


Christopher Tellez

Christopher Tellez is the owner of SF REIKI CENTER. He has been practicing Reiki since 2010 and studied Reiki under Brian Brunius of NYC REIKI CENTER. Christopher was initiated as a  Reiki Master in 2016  after he completed a rigorous two -year Master Apprenticeship, 2000 hours of client sessions, and a thesis project. He is a traditional Reiki Master following the standards of Hawayo Takata (she is  who brought Reiki to the West from Japan) and the discipline of Usui Shiki Ryoho. He has worked in the social work profession for over two decades and holds a masters degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. Christopher is a holistic Reiki practitioner who focuses on strengths, self - care, and building self - awareness to calm, balance and restore the body and mind.

Christopher's clients range from those experiencing trauma from loss of a loved one, those going through surgery, members of the LGBT community, people experiencing cancer and HIV, children, those working on changing thought and belief patterns, people with mental health concerns, and on occasion animals. 

Christopher had been featured in Dot429 and Seven Ponds magazine. Christopher also volunteers with Shanti’s Breast Cancer Program and has been funded by the The U'ilani Fund to give Reiki to Breast Cancer survivors.

SF REIKI CENTER a traditional private practice and school.  Our mission is to provide a safe space for physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation for our clients and students.

Watch an interview with Christopher          /          Master Thesis - Needs Assessment of the Bay Area Reiki Community - June 2016

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Sasha King


Sasha King started her reiki training under Brian Brunius (NYC Reiki Center) in 2011. After moving to San Francisco she earned her second degree certification while volunteering at the SF Reiki Center in the summer of 2012.  In her free time she spends a lot of time on the mats studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, tending to her garden in the sunset and continuing her exploration and studies of Bön meditation.


Brian Brunius


Brian Brunius is a dedicated Reiki Master who has studied and practiced for twenty years. His journey with Reiki began in New York City with John Harvey Gray, one of the original Masters in America, and the longest practicing Master in history. Brian Brunius is Christopher Tellez Reiki Master and is a visiting teacher at SF REIKI CENTER when we host larger Reiki classes. 

Brunius runs the NYC Reiki Center, where he sees private clients and teaches classes. He is also the author of several spiritual books and conducts spiritual counseling and workshops on spiritual growth. 

He is the president of Reiki Centers of America, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the traditional teachings of Reiki and helping Reiki Centers in the USA to grow and present the principles of Reiki to the public.  SF REIKI CENTER is a member of Reiki Centers of America. 



SF REIKI CENTER is located in the Mission at 3150 18th Street Suite 243 San Francisco CA. SF REIKI CENTER offers private Reiki Sessions, Reiki Classes, and a Reiki Clinic. This video introduces you to SF REIKI CENTER.

Usui Shiki Ryoho "the Usui System of Natural Healing."

In Reiki, everyone has a “lineage,” the line of teachers that connects them to Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki as we know it today. Below is the Reiki lineage from Dr. Usui to SF REIKI CENTER.


Dr. Mikao Usui

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Dr. Mikao Usui was a Japanese Dr. of religious studies and taught religion in Kyoto, Japan in the late 1800s. He set out on a quest to learn how Jesus, Buddha, and other enlightened beings were able to heal people with a touch. In his quest he studied at monasteries and universities in Asia and the United States, learned several languages, and pored over many ancient documents. After finding a set of symbols in a Sanskrit scroll, he set out on a 21-day fast atop Mount Kurama. It was on the twenty-first day of the fast that Dr. Usui was struck in the head by a beam of light that revealed to him much of the practice of Reiki, as well as the use of the symbols he had discovered. He went on to practice Reiki across the country, lecturing and traveling extensively throughout Japan, and training many Japanese students in the use of Reiki.

Chujiro Hayashi

Among those trained by Dr. Usui was a retired Japanese naval officer and physician, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who founded a series of Reiki clinics in and around Tokyo in the mid-1920s. His first clinic is said to have been near the imperial palace, and was frequented by royalty and members of the court, giving Reiki an immediate reputation and following among the educated elite in Japan. As the awareness and interest in Reiki grew, Hayashi opened more clinics, and trained increasing numbers of students. He is credited with codifying the system of hand positions commonly used in Reiki practice today, and it is believed he made a number of adjustments to Usui’s system that made it less mystical and more easily explainable to doctors and patients, and more easily taught to the average student. Medical doctors would often refer difficult cases to Hayashi’s clinics, and it was through such a referral that Hawayo Takata was first introduced to Reiki.

Hawayo Takata

Mrs. Takata was a Japanese-American woman from Hawaii who had numerous health problems, including a tumor, gall stones, and appendicitis. Her husband had died unexpectedly, and she was struggling to raise her two young children. As her health was deteriorating, Mrs. Takata went to Japan seeking medical help, and through a twist of circumstances, became a patient at one of Hayashi’s clinics. After several months of treatment, Mrs Takata’s ailments healed, and she spent the following year as a student of Hayashi’s with the intention of treating herself and her family. When she returned to Hawaii in 1936, Takata began to practice Reiki, and was soon visited by Mr. Hayashi and his daughter. Hayashi lectured in Hawaii, and when he left in 1938, he made Mrs. Takata a Reiki Master.

John Harvey Gray

In the 1970s, Mrs. Takata was frequently invited to the mainland to lecture on and teach Reiki in the United States and Canada. One such trip was to the Trinity Metaphyscial Center in Redwood City, California, led by the Reverend Beth Gray. Beth and her husband, John Harvey Gray, both studied Reiki under Mrs. Takata, and in 1976 John became the first Reiki Master initiated by Takata in California, and the third of her masters worldwide. In the 1990s, John often visited New York City, teaching Reiki in Manhattan. It was there that Brian Brunius first met John Harvey Gray, taking the first and second degree Reiki classes with John and  and completing his Reiki mastery a decade later. John taught over 900 Reiki classes to more than 15,000 students, and gave over 10,000 private Reiki sessions in his lifetime. He was the longest-practicing Reiki Master in the Western Hemisphere. Until his death at age 93 in January 2011, John and his wife Lourdes Gray together operated The John Harvey Gray Center For Reiki Healing in Rindge, New Hampshire.


Brian Brunius, founder and director of the NYC Reiki Center, is a Reiki Master Instructor who sees clients in his Manhattan office and provides consultation by telephone to those outside of the NYC area. He travels extensively, sharing the energy of Reiki all over the world.

Brian began his study of Reiki in 1995 when he took the first -degree course with John Harvey Gray in New York City. In 1997 he took the second degree with John. In 2010 he completed a master apprenticeship to enable him to teach Reiki courses as a Master recognized by The Reiki Alliance, an international community of Reiki Masters dedicated to the practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho, the Usui System of Natural Healing. Christopher Tellez started his Reiki  training in 2010 with Brian, he then opened SF REIKI CENTER in 2011, and completed his 2 year Master apprenticeship under Brian Brunius in 2016 after a two year intensive Master apprenticeship.