Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient healing art that was brought to the West from Japan in the early 1940's. It is a complementary therapy that works well with any traditional medical treatment a person may be receiving. It is easy to learn and easy to use. One beautiful difference between Reiki and many other healing modalities is that the healer can treat himself/herself, making Reiki a tool for self-care as well as for sharing with others.
One beautiful translation for Reiki is "God's Light and Wisdom." People receiving a treatment often experience Reiki as tangible presence of God's light and love. Reiki is a precise method for connecting this healing energy with the body's innate powers of healing. Reiki stimulates a person's energy to come into balance and harmony through the relaxation response so that the body can heal itself.
The person receiving Reiki remains fully clothed during a hands-on treatment and feels warm, relaxing energy coming through the practitioner's hands.
Mary Slayton Farmer, MA
Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher, Practioner and Spiritual Director