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What does Reiki Do?

We are alive because of the life force energy flowing through us. The energy or "Ki" flows within the physical body using pathways called "chakras" (wheels of energy) and around the body in a field of energy called the "aura." The free and balanced flow of energy is the reason for health. When the flow of energy is disrupted, it causes diminished functioning within the tissues and organs of the body. Therefore, it is a disruption of our energy flow that is the main cause of illness. Energy is also affected by our thoughts and feelings. When we have positive thoughts and feelings , we increase our energy flow and we feel better. When negative thoughts become lodged in the subconscious mind, they create a disruption of our energy flow and we do not feel as good. Depending on the site of the blockage, certain tissues and organs can then become affected by the disrupted flow. If the blockages are not released, then we can eventually become ill. (http://www.thesoulelement.com/reiki.htm)

Reiki channels "universal life energy" through the practitioner to the recipient. Unlike massage, there is no body manipulation - the energy is transferred simply by placing the hands lightly on the body in a sequence of positions lasting around 3-5 minutes each.