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, and prana in India.
Reiki is not massage, hypnosis, or a tool for diagnosing illness. It is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all the body's systems and unblocking the regenerative processes of body and mind. Reiki can alleviate pain and stress, and promote restful sleep, healing, and relaxation.
To receive Reiki, most people lie on a table fully clothed, but the technique is so adaptable that you can receive it in almost any setting: in a chair or hospital bed and through casts and bandages. The practitioner will simply place her hands on or above your head, shoulders, back, chest, stomach, and limbs.
The teachings say that universal energy flows, not from the practitioner but rather through the practitioner to you. You will receive the amount of energy you need to bring your body and mind into balance.
Though Reiki techniques appear simple, the effects can feel profound. Most people experience deep relaxation. You may also feel tingling, pulsing, a feeling of warmth and comfort, or you may fall asleep.
Results can be subltle. Some recipients say they feel little during a session, but afterwards enjoy a sense of calm and well-being and a deep, restful sleep.