Tom Swiss
Office in Catonsville, Serving the Greater Baltimore Area
Hours By Appointment

Shiatsu - Acupressure - Massage - Reiki
Tom Swiss, Dipl. ABT, AOBTA CP, LMT
Office in Catonsville, Serving the Greater Baltimore area.
Hours by appointment

Kinone Reiki I

木の根 霊気

Rooted Spiritual Energy For Healing And Transformation

Sunday, January 6 2019, 10am – 6 pm

Ellicott City, MD

Class open to all. Continuing education credit for Maryland massage therapists under application: 7 hours including 1 hour cultural competency

Start the New Year with good energy!

Kinone (“tree root”) Reiki is a new form of Reiki energy work which seeks to reconnect Reiki to its roots in traditional East Asian medicine. Developed by an expert in Asian Bodywork Therapy and the Japanese martial arts, Kinone Reiki emphasizes Reiki as a form of psychosomatic healing available to everyone. If you've ever given someone a comforting hug, you've already put into practice one of the foundations of Kinone Reiki: intentional compasisonate touch.

Kinone Reiki can be used for self care; to enhance massage, Asian Bodywork, or other touch therapies; or on its own. It takes as fundamental the principle that “Shen Leads Qi” – “Mind Leads Energy/Potential for Healing”.


Tom Swiss has been practicing Reiki since 2001. His experience with Reiki led him to go on to the Shiatsu and Asian Bodywork program at the Baltimore School of Massage and to become certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy and by the AOBTA as a Certifed Practitioner, and to become a Maryland Licenced Massage Therapist.

Exploring ki from a different direction, he has also been studying and teaching karate for over three decades and holds the rank of godan, fifth degree black belt.

In 2007 Tom lived in Japan for three months studying the culture and religion. During that time he visited Mt. Kurama, the mountain near Kyoto where Mikao Usui had his Reiki experience.

His interpretation of Reiki, "Kinone Reiki", is named in honor of the "Kinone Michi", the path of exposed cedar roots that leads to the sacred grove where Usui meditated. It is meant to carry the idea of "returning to the root", and also of "being rooted" as a compliment to the rei (霊), "spirit", part of Reiki.

Tom has also studied Western esoteric traditions and is the author of Why Buddha Touched The Earth (Megalithica, 2013) and What Does It Mean For The Gods To Exist? (Infamous Productions, 2016). He blogs at Patheos as "The Zen Pagan"

Class Location and Time

Ballet Conservatoire XIV
8390 Main Street, 2nd floor
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Sunday, January 6 2019 10am – 6 pm

Ballet Conservatoire XIV is in Historic Ellicott City. #ECStrong

Continuing Education Credit

This class is under appliction to the Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners for 7 CE hours, including 1 hour in diversity / cultural competency.

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  • Our "Student/low income" option is entirely honor system. You need not provide any documentation.
  • Payment options can be arranged for those in financial distress: e-mail for more information.

Course Outline

Cultural aspects of Reiki

  • “Shamanism” and psychosomatic healing
  • The historical relationship between Japanese and Chinese civilizations
  • Taoist Cosmology and the roots of Traditional/Classical Chinese Medicine
  • Shinto and Buddhist aspects of healing
  • Mystical experience in Japanese culture
  • Yamabushi practice and empowerment rituals

The Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine

  • Yin and Yang
  • The Five Elements
  • The Eight Principles
  • The Three Treasures: Qi/Ki, Jing, and Shen
  • Primary meridians
  • The Conception Vessel, the Governing vessel, and the Microcosmic Orbit
  • Experiencing Qi/Ki Through Movement and Visualization

(lunch break)

Reiki: History and Fundamental theory

  • The role of Qi/Ki in traditional healing and martial arts in pre-Meiji Japan
  • Reiki pre-Usui
  • Usui’s experience
  • Traditional Reiki principles
  • Kinone Reiki principles

Reiki Hand Positions and the Meridian System

  • correspondences of traditional Reiki hand positions with TCM meridians and acupoints
  • Indications and contraindications for points and meridians

Reiki attunement

  • Ritual and psychosocial aspects of healing
  • cultivating the “placebo effect”
  • entrainment

Integrating Reiki With Massage and Bodywork

  • guided experiential exchange