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Reiki (pronounced Ray-kee) is a Japanese technique known for its ability to provide deep relaxation, stress reduction and to promote healing, whether on a mental, emotional, physical or spiritual level. The word “Reiki” itself is a translation of Japanese Kanji, meaning “Universal Life Force Energy”. Because energy is truly universally accessible, we know it has been explored in different forms and throughout various cultures for thousands of years.  The practice of Reiki may be understood as the structured system developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in the 1920’s – where the practitioner is attuned to receive and subsequently channel Universal Life Force Energy to others through a series of hand placements over the recipient’s body. It is with intention and awareness that this Universal Life Force Energy is activated and the benefits can be experienced. There are countless wonderful resources readily available for those looking for in-depth information about Reiki and new publications continue to surface as its popularity gains steady momentum. I invite you to research these if you’d like to understand the science behind Reiki.  But know that it is in experiencing Reiki for yourself that you will truly appreciate its many benefits.