What is Reiki?

Reiki is an alternative/complementary form of energy healing, developed in the early 1920s by a Japanese Buddhist, Master Mikao Usui.  During reiki therapy, the practitioner taps into the universal life force (“ki” in Japanese – essentially the same as the Chinese word “chi”) from which all things were made (and from which they derive their life).

That life force flows through the practitioner’s hands, and is directed either to various energy centers (“chakras”) of the patient, and/or to specific areas where healing was requested.  The intention is to release blockages, unruffle tangles, and optimize energy flow (“rei” is a Japanese term that doesn’t translate well–but that has flavors of ‘perfected’, ‘miraculous’, ‘universal’, ‘mysterious’, ‘sacred’, divine’).

All reiki practitioners must be trained and certified by masters, who themselves can trace their own lineage directly back to Master Usui and his students.