"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 1920s 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. The Reiki energy flows through the hands of the practitioner and into the person being treated, enhancing and accelerating the natural healing processes. Reiki helps to restore balance and harmony, and promotes the relaxation response. Anyone can easily learn Reiki.