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    What is Reiki?

The word Reiki (pronounced Ray'-Key) means universal life force energy. This healing method originated in Japan in the mid 1800's. It is a very gentle and non-intrusive method of healing that works on all levels: physical, mental and emotional.

Life force energy, called “ki” in Japan, “chi” in China, and “prana” in India, flows throughout and around the body of all living things. When this life force energy becomes unbalanced or disrupted due to stress, illness, physical injury, loss or trauma, we may experience a lack of energy, depression, anxiety, insomnia or physical discomfort. Therefore, we may become more susceptible to illness.

What Can Reiki Do?
Reiki can help to re-balance the body's natural rhythm and energy flow. This will then assist the body in using its own natural healing mechanism to promote balance, health and wholeness.

Reiki has been known to relieve and/or lessen chronic pain, stress, illness and disease. Reiki treatments greatly compliment the healing process. However, it should not be used as a replacement for your doctor's care.

How Does Reiki Work?
The Reiki practitioner is an instrument for the universal life force healing energy. The energy flows through the hands of the practitioner to the client. Therefore, the client is not receiving the practitioner's energy, but the highest form of healing life force energy.

How is Reiki Administered?
You will be fully clothed during a Reiki session. There are no oils or massage involved. The Reiki practitioner will place his/her hands either just slightly above the body of the client or very gently on the body, depending on the comfort level of the client. Reiki can be administered to a person laying down or sitting in a chair.

What Can I Expect During a Reiki Session?
During a Reiki session, the client usually becomes very relaxed and experiences a great feeling of security and comfort. The client may feel warmth, pulsing or tingling sensations coming through the hands of the practitioner. However, it is also perfectly normal that some clients do not feel anything during the session, but may later notice that subtle or non-subtle differences changes have begun to take place.

Reiki has been known to greatly assist the immune system and significantly reduce pain. It addresses both chronic and acute conditions.

Reiki is used in hospitals, clinics, hospice care, and mental health facilities, to name a few.

Who Can Benefit From Reiki?
Having Reiki treatments can be very beneficial to people at any age, from infants to seniors. Whether you have a condition that is detrimental to your health or you want to maintain a healthy balance, Reiki offers support for good health and alignment of your body and spirit. Reiki also works on animals and all living things.

Linda Harkcom is a certified Reiki Master. She offers in person reiki sessions in Donegal, Mt. Pleasant and Greensburg, Pennsylvania and distance reiki sessions nationally and internationally. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 724-433-0444 or e-mail us at