The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words -Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "lying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The Reiki Principles as taught by Reiki Alliance Masters are:
• Just for today, I will not worry
• Just for today, I will not be angry
• Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings. This exhibits attitude and gratitude
• Just for today, I will do my work honestly
• Just for today, I will be kind and show respect to every living thing

Typical Reiki treatment session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. The Reiki practitioner places his/her hands gently and passively on different locations on the body, usually beginning from the head. Each position is held for at least 3 minutes. Reiki is different from traditional massage because the person may remain fully clothed. Unlike massage, Reiki does not require any form of manipulation of tissue or muscles so the hands remain still and can be given without actually touching the recipient. Reiki will even flow through a plaster cast. It is common for the person being treated to experience sensations such as warmth or tingling flowing from the Reiki practitioner’s hands. Most people report entering a very deep state of relaxation. Those familiar with meditation say they enter a deep meditative state.

The mind calms down, the breathing slows down, and a feeling of well–being and a better sense of perspective is attained. Upon receiving a one–hour session of Reiki, one physiologically attains benefits such as increased oxygen supply to the blood and cells. This clinical observation, combined with the meditative state, makes Reiki a most effective natural stress reliever.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.