The origin of Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) dates back to Japanese and Tibetan cultures and was introduced in the United States in the 1930’s.  Reiki is not a belief system.  A reiki treatment implemented to balance the body’s energy flow seems to facilitate its ability to heal.  A session involves the practitioner lightly placing hands on a fully clothed body, over vital organs that correspond to major energy centers and a session generally lasts 45-60 minutes.
Recipients may feel warmth, subtle tingling or calming sensations throughout the body and in general feel deeply relaxed.

Research demonstrates that patients who receive Reiki treatments require less post-surgical pain medication and are discharged from hospitals sooner.  Reiki has been used effectively for persons with a variety of chronic illnesses as well as for pain and anxiety reduction.  Reiki is not to be used in place of medical care but as an adjunct to personal health care and self-maintenance.