Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) in Japanese means “universal life energy.” It is a healing technique of transmitting life energy by placing the hands gently in specific positions on the body. This laying on of hands is designed to relieve pain, restore vitality, heal illnesses, and aid spiritual growth.

It was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Christian monk in Japan, who came upon ancient manuscripts revealing the healing system in the 19th century. It was introduced to the United Stated in the 1930’s by Hawayo Takata.