Once I reveal to folks that I am a certified reiki practitioner, I'm always asked "what is reiki?" So, let's start with the basics. Reiki is a holistic healing practice. The term 'reiki' is Japanese and is pronounced 'ray-key.' Reiki is both a term and a practice. As a Japanese term, reiki means energy. As a practice, reiki is energy healing.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself: what does energy have to do with me?
Well, all people are made up of energy: stress, frustration, anxiety, physical pain, grief, sadness, happiness, joy, love -- these are all forms of energy that we hold within us and generate in our daily lives. Think about it, most of us, at one time or another, have said or thought "Wow, I get a really bad vibe from that person!" or "Gosh, I get really good vibes from that guy!" The vibes are energy; they're the things that make us, us, and they include both the good (love, happiness, joy, excitement, etc.) and the bad (stress, anxiety, grief, pain, etc.). These energies are commonly referred to as our chakras, and together through reiki healing a practitioner and client work to align those chakras.