Reiki is a form of energy bodywork that originated in Japan. It is based on the concept that a “life force”, or energy, flows through us and causes us to be alive. This concept is held in many traditional healing systems. The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words – rei, which means “universal,” and ki, which means “life force energy" and is similar to the concept of prana in Ayurveda, and qi or chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to the Reiki tradition, we experience vitality when there is a harmonious exchange of energy and information between our individual body and our environment. On the other hand, when the energy is disrupted, weakened or blocked, we may experience symptoms such as fatigue, unhappiness, and illness. Reiki helps activate the body’s natural healing abilities by channeling energy into the receipent by means of subtle touch. Peace and relaxation are some of the reported effects of receiving a Reiki session. The more we can experience a relaxed, stress-free state, the more we invite increased vitality into all aspects of our being.