Since I learned Reiki from different teachers, I discovered there are differing opinions on what it is and how it works. The simplest way to understand it is to break it apart – Rei and Ki. Rei is Higher Intelligence or Universal Intelligence or even the Divine, if that’s what you believe. Ki is the Japanese word for life energy or Qi as it’s called in Chinese medicine. Depending on the philosophy, it works by helping the energy move through your body or by channeling Source energy. When I work, I tend to combine Reiki with what I’ve learned about Brennan Healing and Reconnective Healing and the results have been very powerful in changing people’s health and speeding the healing process. I don’t know how it works, but somehow, my hands become activated and I am drawn to the person’s injuries or blockages. The patient lies, fully-dressed, on a massage table, face up or face down, depending on the individual issue. Sometimes, my hands are off the body and other times, I do gentle palpitations or simply place my hands in different positions. The patient usually feels warmth or tingling in the areas being addressed and afterwards feels energized or very relaxed. The process usually takes about an hour, but I occasionally do 30-minute mini-sessions if I am working at an event or have a lot of clients waiting.