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The gentle energy of Reiki (ray-kee), is an ancient spiritual practice which enhances natural healing processes. Reiki is called by various names in different parts of the world: “prana” in India, “qi” or “chi” in China, “spirit” in Western traditions, etc, and simply translates as “life force”. Reiki is a means of adding more energy to our “life force” battery to help “jump start” the healing process. A Reiki treatment is essentially the “laying on of hands,” an ancient technique common to many spiritual traditions. In a typical Reiki treatment, the client lies down (fully clothed) on a padded treatment table. Energy is transferred to the client through the hands of the practitioner in a sequence of standardized positions where the hands are placed. In each position, the hands are simply rested on the client for 3-5 minutes.
A full treatment usually takes about an hour. A Reiki treatment is a spiritual practice because it works directly with energy, or “spirit.” There is no pressure applied and no manipulation of tissues (as in massage, for example).
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