What Is Reiki?

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Reiki is a healing technique from Japan that alleviates stress and promotes relaxation. Reiki practitioners run their hands just above a person's body in their energy field. The belief is that life force energy surrounds all living things, and if it is left unbalanced, it causes illness and stress.

Rei, meaning "God's Wisdom," and Ki, meaning "life force energy," are the two Japanese words that form the term Reiki. Mikao Usui is the founder of the modern natural healing method of Reiki. Becoming a Reiki practitioner requires an attunement process with a Reiki master. Ceremonial in nature, this attunement allows the student access the universal life force energy.