REIKI:(pronounced Ray- Kee) is Japanese for "Universal Life Force Energy".
This energy healing has been used for thousands of years. It was practiced in many forms in Japan. However it was not until it was brought from Japan to the Western world in 1937 by Hawaiian-born, Japanese-American Hawaya Takata that it became more widely known in the Western World.
Mrs Takata was taught in Tokyo by Dr Chukiro Hayashi. He had in turn been taught by Mikao Usui, who had been given this particular form of Reiki in a mystical experience on Mt. Kurama Yama in March 1922.
Usui Sensei as he was known, was inspired to teach as many people as possible this wonderful Reiki that he had been given, and through them to heal as many people as he possibly could. And so Reiki was taught through generations of Reiki Masters who can trace the lineage of their learning back to Usui Sensei.
In a Reiki Treatment the client remains fully clothed and usually lies on a couch, or sits in a chair, while the Reiki practitioner lays hands on or above various points of the body. The client may feel warmth as the healing energy is channelled into the client to go wherever it may be needed.
Reiki heals on four levels: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is not a religion, but an ancient form of healing whereby the body is energised to heal itself.