Reiki is a form of energy healing based on the idea that a “life force energy” flows through everyone’s body. According to this philosophy, sickness and stress are indications that life force energy is low, while energy, health, and happiness signify a strong life force. In a Reiki session, a practitioner seeks to “transfer” life energy to the client by placing their hands lightly on the client’s body or a slight distance away from the body (Reiki can also be performed long-distance). The purpose is to promote relaxation, speed healing, reduce pain, and generally improve the client’s wellbeing.

Used to treat: Depression, stress, and pain relief. 

What it is: Stemming from a 2,500 year-old Buddhist practice, this therapy is based on the belief that the “laying on of hands” can strengthen and normalize certain energy fields within the body and reconnect the subject with life energy. The therapist gently touches your fully clothed body or hovers the hands 1 to 2 inches above it.

How it works: Reiki, known as a type of biofield therapy, works by encouraging the healing processes of the body and mind and by restoring and balancing the flow of stagnant energy in the body. The body is thought to regulate the amount of energy it receives and where it goes.

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