Reiki is a simple yet powerful healing technique that uses touch to promote stress reduction and relaxation. The word Reiki comes from the two Japanese words: “Rei” meaning the cosmic, universal aspect of energy, and “Ki” for the life force flowing in all living beings. When our “Ki” is low, it feels as though we’re running on empty. We’re more susceptible to illness and injury. The purpose of Reiki is to raise our energy level to its maximum, free-flowing state. When our energy is flowing properly, our bodies are better able to heal and restore themselves. Reiki works in harmony with medical treatment and is being used in hospitals to shorten healing time, reduce pain and facilitate recuperation. Reiki can be used on its own or combined with other massage techniques.