Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is administered by “laying on of hands.” Such methods of healing have been practiced for hundreds of years. Reiki is a very simple yet powerful technique. The word “Rei” as it is used in Reiki means higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness. The word “Ki” means the same as Chi in Chinese, Prana in Sanskrit and Ki in Hawaiian.