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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a holistic (whole body) energy healing system.  The word Reiki is usually translated as 'universal life energy.'  Ki is the Japanese word for life energy, many people are more familiar with the Chinese word, Chi. 
Energy healing has been practiced for thousands of years, but the methods have often been found, lost, suppressed, hidden away and revived again.   In the 1800s a Japanese man named Mikao Usui wanted to learn the secrets of energy healing and went on a 10 year quest to do so.  He created the system of teaching, learning and passing along this knowledge that we call Reiki. 

Reiki is passed along from Master to student and must include 'attunements'  hands-on sessions in which the Master helps the student to clear any energy blocks and use the knowledge that they have learned through study.

There is no belief system that is necessary for either the practitioner or the receiver of Reiki.  The energy works the way it wants to work, regardless of belief or non belief.  The practitioner is adept in drawing and channeling the energy, not creating it. 

Reiki is beginning to be accepted by the modern medical world and some hospitals now accept Reiki practitioners and even offer classes to doctors and nurses. For more information on the research being done on the effects of Reiki and a list of over 70 hospitals that offer Reiki to their patients visit the Center for Reiki Research.