From Reiki.org…

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “Divine Wisdom” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being. Many have reported dramatic results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping many illnesses with beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

A Reiki session is gentle and may last 10 minutes to more than an hour. You lay on a massage table in comfortable clothing and relax as the practitioner’s hands sometimes touch, other times stay a couple inches above you.  The transmission of Reiki (which is not the healer’s personal energy), is sometimes soft, other times intense. After the session, people usually feel very calm and relaxed.  Pain may soften, emotional stresses feel distant.