Reiki is pronounced Ray Key, a combination of two Japanese words Rei and Ki meaning universal life force energy.
Reiki is an ancient healing technique that uses this life force energy to heal and balance the subtle energies within our bodies. It is the imbalance of these energies that cause illness and distress. Like Crystal Healing, Reiki is holistic and works on all levels, physical, mental and spiritual; balancing and healing.
Reiki’s life force energies flow through the practitioner’s hands while they are touching or hovering above the recipient’s (fully dressed) body, using the Reiki positions. The Reiki Therapist serves as a vehicle or channel that supplies the healing energy where it is most needed by the recipient.
Modern day Reiki was formulated in the late 1920’s by Dr Mikao Usui a Japanese Christian monk. Dr. Usui discovered through fasting and prayer how life force energy flowing through him could be channelled and used for healing. He passed on the knowledge to his students. This is how Reiki is still taught today, with knowledge handed down from master to student.
Reiki is not attached to any belief system and anyone can learn to give or receive a Reiki treatment.