Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a type of energy work that makes use of light touch or hands-off the body and visualization to access the universal life force and restore health. Practitioners, called Reiki Masters, lightly place their hands on areas of energy called chakras, as well as the major organs and glands of the body, in order to balance the energy of the body, mind, and spirit.

Reiki is Japanese for “universal life energy” and underscores the belief that Reiki Masters transfer energy that is universal, rather than personal, during their sessions.

Reiki is based on ancient Tibetan Buddhist teachings, said to date back 10,000 years, which were uncovered in the mid-1880s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese professor of theology. Usui incorporated the Tibetan healing practice of laying on of hands for healing purposes and the concept of a universal life force.

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