Reiki is a Japanese technique that is used for stress reduction and healing. It is a form of Universal energy that is transferred through a healer to a person, animal, plant, or inanimate object that needs to be energized. For example; Reiki can be performed on a pet, a houseplant or garden, or perhaps on a crystal that someone carries with them for luck or spiritual guidance. The actual word “reiki” means – “rei” – spiritual wisdom, and “ki” – life energy. Reiki is a very spiritual practice that incorporates meditation and gentle “laying of hands” to free energy trapped within the body and allow the energy to flow again in a person who may be suffering from pain – emotional or physical. Reiki is not a religion; however it is a very spiritual practice.So, now that you know the basics of Reiki, I want to share my personal experience with all of you. I have been wanting to learn Reiki for quite some time. Last summer, we went to the lake and I noticed a spa in town that had several spiritual healers as well as the traditional massage and facial treatments that you find at a typical spa. Of course, as luck would have it, the spa was closed that weekend. I was disappointed, but decided to do my own research. After reading several articles on Reiki I realized that this was something I felt I absolutely had to incorporate into my practice. Since I don’t personally know anyone who practices or teaches Reiki (or so I thought), I wasn’t sure how I could make that happen. Then out of the blue, my hairdresser told me about a person who was offering a Reiki class. I immediately contacted them and signed up. This was actually back in November, but the instructor was ill and had to cancel the class. I waited patiently for the class to be rescheduled, and it seemed to take forever. I now know there was a reason for that. So, I took Reiki I and II this weekend, and it was probably one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The healing energy and power of the Reiki and the meditations was completely overwhelming. I went into those sessions with more stress and negative energy than I could bear, but came out with a tremendous sense of peace and calm that I haven’t felt in months. To know that I can now share that with others who are in pain or in a bad place in their life is something that I just cannot even begin to explain in words. I cannot wait to get started sharing this healing energy with everyone.