SF REIKI CENTER is a traditional private practice and school. We offer a safe space for physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation for our clients and students.  Upon completion of Reiki First Degree students have the opportunity to join SF REIKI CENTER Reiki community. We offer a monthly Reiki Circle, a Women’s Reiki Circle, as well as offer additional workshops on Scanning the Chakras  and Opening and Closing Spirals. SF REIKI CENTER is committed to being part of the larger Global Reiki Community. We host events, larger Bay Area Reiki Shares, participate in conferences, and act as a portal to connect students to the larger global Reiki Community.  

Scanning the Chakras

Registration: $100

In this 4-hour class, designed for beginners, you will learn to develop your natural intuitive abilities to help you feel a person’s aura and scan their 7 major chakras with your hands. You will learn how the strength or weakness you feel in each chakra relates to the health and emotions of the person you are scanning.

The chakras are wheels of energy spinning at thousands of points on our bodies. Their job is to collect and distribute the energy of life that our bodies use to function. When any one of the major chakras becomes week, the body will experience corresponding physical or emotional weaknesses, that over time can develop into serious problems. One of the first signs of impending problems is that the aura, which collects the energetic output of all the chakras, starts to become weak. If this can be detected in time, and the weak chakras corrected, serious physical and emotional disturbances can be averted.

In this class, students will learn hands-on using techniques passed down to me from my Reiki Master Brian Brunius and from his Reiki Master John Harvey Gray, who was the longest practicing Reiki Master in the West until his death a few years ago. It’s a technique that has stood the test of time, and also includes information John called “Emotionality and the Chakras,” a guide to understanding the emotional states and conditions associated with strength or weakness in individual chakras, or in combinations of chakras.

By the end of this Chakra Scanning Class you will be able to:

  • Sensitize your hands and feel the energy between your hands
  • Use your hands to check for general physical vitality in the aura
  • Use your hands to scan the major chakras and feel for strength or weakness
  • Interpret the emotions or conditions of each weak chakra you find
  • Perform a simple meditative visualization to help balance the chakras


You can read more about John’s amazing experiences with the body’s subtle energy systems and his experiences learning Reiki from Hawayo Takata in his book, Hand to Hand: The Longest-Practicing Reiki Master Tells His Story. The methods of opening & closing spirals are detailed in the book, Joy’s Way, A Map for the Transformational Journey: An Introduction to the Potentials for Healing with Body Energies.

Opening & Closing Spirals

Registration $75

In this 3-hour class, Reiki students will learn the Opening & Closing Spiral technique developed by Dr. W. Brugh Joy and adapted Reiki Master, John Harvey Gray who was my teacher Brian Brunius Reiki Master. Using the Opening Spiral at the start of every Reiki treatment and the Closing Spiral at the conclusion of each treatment will help a client to absorb more Reiki in each session and hold onto that energy for several extra days afterwards.

Hawayo Takata strongly encouraged John Harvey Gray to learn more about the body’s energy field (aura) and energy centers (chakras) during his time of training with her to become a Reiki Master. Many questions around this topic came up for him during several years of running a Reiki clinic that he created and which Mrs. Takata supervised in California. John observed the emotional and physical releases that arose for clients in the clinic during the course of several Reiki treatments. This exploration of the human energy system became the focus of John’s Reiki Master training research project (a tradition in our lineage in which Master candidates explore a question that arises during their development in Mastery.)

To answer his questions, John studied with Richard Moss, M.D. and W. Brugh Joy, M.D., two pioneers among American medical doctors and researchers, and learned from them that aura and chakra energies not only exist, but can be felt and measured with astonishing accuracy using the hand. He also began to learn from them, and from the work of Wilhelm Reich, that the strength or weakness of these energies has a direct effect on the health of the body, mind, and emotions. Reich in particular proved that muscles around each chakra contract and hold onto traumatic memories and emotions, causing the flow of energy through the chakra and into surrounding body tissues to diminish significantly. [I teach these hand scanning techniques and the framework for analysis, which John called “Emotionality in the Chakras,” in the Scanning and Chakra class.  

The Opening & Closing Spirals, developed by W. Brugh Joy M.D., and detailed in his book, Joy’s Way, is a technique John learned directly from Joy that, while not part of Takata’s Reiki teaching, enhances the Reiki treatment. Takata herself authorized John to use the technique and to teach it to students he trained.

  1. When performed before the Reiki treatment, the Opening Spiral allows the client’s subtle energy system to receive more Reiki, and
  2.  When performed at the conclusion of the Reiki treatment, the Closing Spiral seals the client’s subtle energy system to extend the healing benefits for much longer after the Reiki session.