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What is Reiki?

Updated: Jul 17

Pronounced Ray-KEE

Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy. It is a gentle method of hands-on healing that taps into the energy referred to as ki in Japan, chi in China & prana in India. Reiki is not massage, hypnosis or a tool for diagnosing illness. Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all the body's systems and the regenerative processes of body and mind. Reiki addresses imbalances & helps to support your physical, mental, and emotional good health & well-being. It can provide relief from physical pain and ailments, grief, anxiety, depression and trauma.

A restorative Reiki session begins with an intention for the session as determined by the client’s concern.


The client lays comfortably and fully clothed on a massage table. The practitioner will gently place her hands on areas of the body to increase circulation, encourage release of stagnation and to balance the flow of energy (chi). For example, if there is an excess of activity in the head, shifting the energy (chi) to the torso and feet.


Afterwards, the practitioner and client may discuss their observations. The practitioner may share with the client what she noticed and what arose during the hands-on part of the session. Finally, the practitioner may provide self-help suggestions or other guidance to the client.


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