Reiki is an ancient and revered practice that promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Reiki is a Japanese word, pronounced ray-key, which means “energy of the soul or spirit or universe.” Reiki is experienced in one or more of its four aspects: physical healing, personal growth, spiritual practice, or mystic order. The most well known aspect is the effect Reiki has on the physical body and the phenomena of accelerating the healing process, alleviating pain, relieving stress responses, and promoting physical well-being. Reiki is also useful as a tool for self awareness and can lead to healing emotional wounds, opening the heart and clearing the mind. As a spiritual practice Reiki offers an experience that can assist us in knowing our own soul and our connection to others. Finally, while Reiki is very much “felt,” it is impossible to fully understand and thus becomes a mystical experience in our life.

To receive Reiki from another it is not necessary to hold any certain beliefs. It does help to relax and to keep an open mind. A short “demonstration” treatment may last only 5 or 10 minutes with the practitioner placing their hands on your shoulders. A full Reiki treatment usually takes 60 to 90 minutes and involves about 14 different hand positions to treat the front and back of the body. A full treatment is normally done with the receiver lying down, fully clothed, while the practitioner offers a connection to the energy through a form of safe gentle touch. During the treatment there may be a variety of physical or emotional responses as the body accepts the gift of this energy. Often relaxation becomes so deep that the receiver falls into a state of light sleep.