Reiki, pronounced "ray-key", is an energy balancing system developed in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui, more than 100 years ago. Reiki means "universal life energy", and can relieve pain, renew the spirit, and promote overall well-being. Reiki is used in hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and health spas. Reiki aids the body in finding its optimal state for healing, and works differently for each person and each condition. It is not a substitute for medical care, but can be used in conjunction with both eastern and western medical treatment. Reiki supports the healing process and has no contraindications.