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What is Reiki?

The word Reiki, is a combination of the two Japanese characters Rei (meaning universal) and Ki (meaning energy) and is most often defined as “universal life force energy.” The healing practice known as Reiki is a gentle, healing touch method for reducing stress and encouraging the body’s natural ability to heal and sustain itself.

Reiki Facts

Who can benefit from Reiki?

Everyone can benefit from Reiki. Reiki works on the physical and emotional levels. For people who are basically healthy, Reiki helps maintain the body’s natural balance and energy flow. For those struggling with pain or other physical or emotional challenges, Reiki reduces stress, fosters relaxation and encourages the natural healing process.

What does Reiki feel like?

For many Reiki is the soothing warmth of gentle touch. Others sometimes report a gentle tingling sensation. But almost everyone reports a deep sense of relaxation and focus.

What is a Reiki session like?

During the Reiki session the receiver most often lies down fully clothed, on a massage table. Reiki can also be done while sitting, reclining in a chair or even while standing. The Reiki practitioner will ask you if there are areas you would like worked on. Following, the Reiki practitioner will go through a series of gentle hand positions (either directly touching a specific area of the body, or with hands raised 6”-10” above the body.) Every effort is made to insure that the person receiving Reiki is comfortable and “in control”. After the session you will be asked if you have any questions and the practitioner will report their experience working with you.

Is Reiki a religion?

Reiki is not a religion, requires no special beliefs and is not “faith healing.” People of all ages, religions and beliefs practice Reiki the world over.