What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced Ray - Kee) is a Japanese stress reduction and relaxation technique founded by Mikao Usui Sensei in the late 1800s. A Reiki session consists of laying on hands at various points of the body to direct life force energy. This process results in helping the recipient relax and balance their energies.
The word "Reiki" is loosely translated as "Universal Life Energy." The word actually consists of two Japanese words, "Rei" meaning air or spirit and "Ki" meaning power or energy. "Ki" is equivalant to the Chinese word "Qi" also known in the west as "Chi".
A Reiki practitioner goes through various attunements to increase their ability to interact with energy and help direct it to a recipient. Additional training and internship practice is part of this tradition.
While there is a spiritual component to Reiki, it is not a religion. There are guiding principles that help inspire practitioners to be the best they can be.