Brian Brunius learned first and second degree Reiki from John Harvey Gray, a student of Hawayo Takata, in 1995 and 1997. John advised Brian to practice Reiki for ten years before considering entering the Master training. During those years, in addition to seeing Reiki clients part-time, he was a media executive and earned an M.B.A. from Villanova University. In 2006 Brian left his media career to engage in a three-year Reiki Master apprenticeship. During that training he started the NYC Reiki Center and began his full time practice of Reiki on a professional level. In 2010, he was initiated as a Master and began to teach Reiki classes regularly. In 2013 he founded Reiki Centers of America to preserve the early Reiki teachings he learned, and the practical knowledge he received from John Gray about how to run a Reiki business successfully.