The concept of Shibumi was developed by Frans Stiene and Bronwen Logan (Stiene), founders of the International House of Reiki, who perceived a need for Reiki practitioners to be members of an association that directly reflected their Reiki practice. These Reiki practitioners include not only students of the International House of Reiki but others who are drawn to practice and teach from a Japanese perspective. Shibumi standards and codes have been developed with these Reiki practitioners in mind as a way to support them in defining what it means to practice from a Japanese perspective.

The Membership Levels and Codes of Reiki Practice and Reiki Ethics are also there to provide prospective clients and students with the opportunity to understand what they can expect from a Shibumi registered RP or RP&T.

Shibumi International Reiki Association is an Exempt, Non-Profit organization under IRS section 501(c)(3), Public Charity status 509(a)(2), and eligible to receive tax-deductible donations, with an effective date of exemption of 26 May 2009.


To support and promote the Japanese art of the system of Reiki through providing:

  • Education for Reiki practitioners and the general public with clear and detailed information regarding the system of Reiki and the roles of practitioners and teachers
  • Quality standards for Reiki practitioners and teachers
  • Membership for Reiki practitioners who practice from a Japanese perspective
  • Research into the benefits and history of the system of Reiki


Five things Shibumi has found to be true

  • Pursuing the origins is pursuing a Truth

The system of Reiki has become known as a wide variety of practices – but do these practices actually relate back to the understandings of the system’s founder Mikao Usui? Shibumi focuses on the roots of the system of Reiki, finding in them a strong foundation and inherent depth of knowledge and Truth. The security that practitioners feel from confidence in the Truthfulness of their practice aids the strength of their intent and therefore the quality of their practice.

  • High standards create quality practitioners and teachers

The philosophy of Shibumi is to ask its members to adhere to specific criteria that are aligned to the Japanese influences of the system rather than new age influences. By agreeing to this, Shibumi members create a foundation of purpose and integrity for the practice that has been diminishing over the years. A high standard of membership is one of the hallmarks of Shibumi’s philosophy.

  • Everyone needs community

Shibumi membership offers community to those dedicated to following the spiritual practices of the system of Reiki from a Japanese perspective. Community supports and encourages members to continue their personal practice and provides a safe environment for questioning and discussion (elements necessary for continued growth).

  • Practice what you preach

The embodiment of this spiritual practice involves continued self-practice and personal development. Shibumi members are role models for the system of Reiki from a Japanese perspective and this is reflected in how they teach, practice and live.

  • It’s about getting the word out there

Reiki practitioners know that their lives have changed since they began working with the system of Reiki. Shibumi supports getting the word out there – whether it be through the media, outstanding Reiki services, personal connections or research. Shibumi aims to support research that can help people to understand the benefits of the practice without harming any living being in the process.


Envisioning a world where the system of Reiki is respected, understood and utilized as a Japanese practice that was developed by Mikao Usui to promote self-healing and personal growth through spiritual discipline. Envisioning the use of the system in family life and business life, as personal and corporate relaxation along with complete integration into a modern healthcare system. A healthcare system that is flexible and open and comprehends that well being and good health rely on wholeness. And it is wholeness that the system of Reiki helps one to develop and live.