What is Reiki? Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is a Japanese word meaning "Universal Life Energy." Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation that can promote healing. It's done through touch. A warm and soothing energy flows from the practitioner's hands into the client, helping the client relax and release tension from the body and mind. Reiki was developed in the late 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui (1864-1926). Reiki travelled to the West through a Japanese-American woman named Mrs. Hawayo Takata (1900-1980). All Reiki practitioners here in the West come from her lineage. The Reiki Treatment. During a Reiki treatment you will lay down on a treatment table, fully clothed and comfortable. There is no need for you to disrobe. The Reiki practitioner will rest her hands lightly and gently for three to five minutes on different parts of your body. You may feel a tingling or warmth as the practitioner works on you. People find Reiki treatments relaxing and enjoyable. Claire Johnston earned her First and Second Degrees in Reiki in 1992 and her Mastership in 1997. Along with teaching and practicing Reiki, Claire has published articles in Reiki News Magazine and Skin Deep Magazine about her work with Reiki.