"Reiki" (pronounced "ray-key"), is a Japanese word meaning "Universal Life Energy." An ancient healing art, Reiki is a simple method of hands-on healing rediscovered in the 1920's by Mikao Usui of Kyoto, Japan. The system was passed from Mikao Usui to naval surgeon, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi. Dr. Hayashi passed the teachings to a Japanese-Hawaiian woman, Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who introduced the system to the West. Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on method of energy transfer. Energy flows through the hands of the practitioner into the body of the person being treated. It harmonizes and optimizes body/mind processes. Reiki helps to restore balance and harmony, and promotes the relaxation response.