Reiki is a beautiful and gentle healing art that was developed in 1922 by the Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui. Rei means "universal life", and ki means "energy", so when a practitioner is attuned to Reiki he or she becomes the conduit through which this universal energy flows. It is a gentle hands on practice that corrects any imbalances in the patient's body and leaves the patient feeling relaxed and grounded. It corrects the pathways and energy fields both in and around the patient, and by allowing these normal functions to be reestablished the patient's own life force begins to flow naturally and fully. Reiki is wonderful as a relaxation therapy, but it is also widely used to treat more specific ailments and conditions. Reiki energy guides itself to the area or areas that need it most and is self adjusting. This means that Reiki never does any harm and the effect is always appropriate.