Reiki is a Japanese form of bodywork which uses the laying on of hands as a means of stimulating the body’s natural healing process. The word Reiki is actually two words (Rei & Ki) meaning “Universal Life Force Energy.” During a Reiki session the practitioner uses their hands to focus this energy throughout the body. This is done with the client fully clothed in either a seated or recumbent position.

Starting with the head and working down the body, the practitioner places their hands just above or lightly touching the body with the intention of holding space for the energy to flow. By trusting the intelligence behind this natural process the practitioner becomes a conduit for it and therefore allows the energy to go where it is needed.

A Reiki session does not involve the manipulation of soft tissue in any way and for that reason may be ideal for those seeking an alternative to massage. Clients often report a feeling of warmth and tingling in areas being treated, followed by a deep state of relaxation. Reiki strikes the perfect balance between physical and energetic body work through the use of light touch and the general spirit of allowing.