Reiki healing is a hands-on energy healing art. It was originated in Japan in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui, who had a life changing experience of light and energy that he recognized as reiki—sacred life force—and that awakened his innate healing abilities. He developed a system of practices that enabled others to become effective healers. In a Reiki healing session, the practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life force (ki or chi), places her hands on or just above the clients body in order to activate healing energy within receptive points on the body. The practitioners hands move progressively with a passive touch through 12 positions on the body, remaining in each position for 3 to 5 minutes. As a harmonic flow of energy is strengthened, within the client and practitioner, healing occurs through the return of physical, mental and spiritual balance.