Rei, meaning "life force" and ki meaning "energy". Reiki is an “alternative” medical approach that treats the individual rather than the diagnostic label, and addresses underlying imbalances rather than
concentrating on symptoms. Reiki is an option that can help maintain harmony, health, and systemic balance in
the brain and nervous system without side effects. Reiki is a simple, yet powerful technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
It is administered via the “laying on” of hands, and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy,” flows through us and nourishes us. Reiki replenishes and rebalances this energy, and amplifies our innate ability to heal ourselves. In doing so, it balances the mind, body and spirit, thus activating a feeling of wellbeing.
The human body consists of sensory input and integration, respiration, circulation, digestion, reproduction and
secretion, and there are seven corresponding chakras for each of these functions. The brain and the whole being
also have a chakra. These chakras are situated at the top of the head, forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, navel,and at the bottom of the pelvis. A chakra can be overactive, under active or in balance—in the case of an under active or overactive chakra, Reiki can promote balance and thus health in the respective
Reiki hand positions effect various areas of the body. The first four hand positions treat the head and brain and
can be helpful for stress reduction, improvement of memory; easing headaches and earaches, improving cold and
flu symptoms, relieving fears, and calming the mind. The other hand positions treat the front and back of the
body. The front body positions can be helpful for strengthening the immune system, regulating the heart, blood
pressure and digestion, stimulating lymph circulation, promoting relaxation, and helping to increase self-confidence. The back body positions can help to ease neck, shoulder and back problems, and strengthen the
kidneys, adrenal glands and nerves, while also stimulating the immune system, easing worry, and promoting