Reiki: a Brief Overview

Reiki is a system of healing developed by Dr. Mikao Usui as a direct result of a deep spiritual experience whereby he experienced “Reiki” after a three week meditation and fast on Mount Kurama in Japan.
Reiki means Universal life force energy, it is the energy that runs through all of life.  Other comparisons include Chi and Prana from the Eastern traditions, Causay in Peru and many other names across the globe.
During a healing the practitioner channels this life force into the client generally via the hands but also the breath and voice can be used.  Reiki is very relaxing, often bringing on a feeling of peace and tranquility.
Reiki not only relaxes but can insight deep healing and transformation.  Reiki acts as a guide to what nourishes us and to what will help us heal the most.
Traditionally treatments are done intuitively by the practitioner, this means any number of hand placements as well as movements done by the practitioner are used to release energy.  However in the West some practitioners work with a set of hand positions developed by Dr.  Usui for those who could not work intuitively.
A course or regular sessions of Reiki promotes health and wellbeing on all levels; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.