Reiki is a gentle, hands-on healing method that originated in Japan. Through the flow of subtle energy, Reiki promotes relaxation, can ease pain, and can reduce anxiety and stress. Many people experience a warm, tingling sensation when receiving Reiki.
During a Reiki session, the practitioner will gently place his or her hands on the person’s body anywhere that's comfortable, often on the head, neck, shoulders, mid-back or thighs. Sessions can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes.
Although it started in the East, Reiki is now being integrated into Western medicine as a complementary technique. It’s being used to help cancer patients, hospice patients, and is even being utilized in places like Columbia University Medical Center.