Reiki (pronounced "Ray-key") is a Japanese word that means universal energy. Reiki is increasingly recognized in the West as a beneficial adjunct to allopathic medicine. Used in hospitals before, during, and after surgery, Reiki is believed to enhance the body's ability to heal itself as well as a technique for stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki is delivered while the client is either seated in a chair or lying on a treatment table. The practitioner will gently lay their hands on the body in a series of hand positions on the head, torso, and legs, sometimes hovering the hands rather than touching. Each hand position is held for a few minutes. During the treatment, energy (called "chi") is drawn through the practitioner into the recipient, helping to produce a state of balance. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Sessions can also include the added healing benefits of crystals and tuning forks. Talk to your practitioner about treatment options before scheduling your session.