Reiki is a Japanese word that means "Universal Life Force Energy".
As a treatment, it is one of many modalities which fall under the umbrella term of "Energy Medicine" or "Energy Work". It is Not Witchcraft or Magic, any more than talking to your plants is. Everything is energy or vibration, even those things we think are still or stationary. Reiki Treatments are used to address chronic and acute conditions. It is often termed as a method of "hands on healing," although the practitioner does not actually have to touch the client. The Practitioner is a mediator transferring the Universal Life Force Energy to the person. Reiki energy is very subtle and goes where it is needed. For instance if the practitioner has his or her hands over someone's head and that person has a weak liver, the liver will pull the energy and it will go there. The energy is never directed by the practitioner, but goes where it is needed. Some people will feel the energy as heat, vibration, or pulsing, others may not feel anything at all. Most people do report feeling calm and relaxed with an overall sense of wellbeing after a treatment.
Studies show that Reiki reduces pain significantly, even cancer pain. It is reported to improve Immune and Nervous System function and increase mobility. It is often used pre and post surgery for shorter hospital stays, reduced pain medication, and quicker overall healing. Any condition is appropriate for Reiki.
Treatments are done with the client fully clothed, positioned in any comfortable position. The practitioner either lightly touches or holds their hands just off the skin for a period of time and then moves to another location. A full body treatment covers the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, torso, legs and feet and usually takes about an hour. Specific locations can be addressed as well, such as back or elbows or knees. It is always easy to work Reiki into a massage therapy session, but I never include it without asking the client's permission first. Animals are extremely receptive and get great results from the work as well.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding Reiki or Reiki treatments.