Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. A very simple yet powerful modality, it was discovered by Mikao Usui in March 1922. Reiki is administered by “laying on hands”, and techniques such as this have been practiced for thousands of years.
The word Reiki comes from two Japanese ideograms used in the written Japanese language called kanji – these two kanji are Rei and Ki. Rei means "spiritual wisdom" and Ki means "life force energy". Reiki is a special kind of life force energy. It is energy that is guided by spiritual consciousness and is defined as spiritually guided life energy. This is a meaningful interpretation of the word Reiki. It more closely describes the experience most people have of it: Reiki guiding itself with its own wisdom, rather than requiring the direction of the practitioner.
This being said, the practitioner is simply guided by the Divine flow of energy and acts as a channel or conduit for healing energy. Reiki is a special kind of healing energy that can only be channeled by someone that has been attuned to it.
What can I expect in a Reiki session?
A typical Reiki session lasts about an hour or so. The practitioner will place you on a Reiki table where you will lie comfortably, eyes closed. Each practitioner is a little different, depending on their technique, but may first scan the body to detect the flow of energy and any blockages. Once the session begins, the practitioner may or may not place their hands on the client, but the client will feel sensations in the body of heat, cold, tingling or any other sensation that is indicative of energy moving in the body.