Reiki means "life force energy". Through Reiki and gentle touch the life force energy that is within each person is guided toward balance. This in turn helps the body to do what it already knows how to do, which is heal itself just as it does with a cut finger or broken bone. When the life force flow is sluggish or blocked, which may correspond with prolonged stress or chronic illness, our well-being declines. Reiki supports the individual's natural healing capacity, and helps to add more energy to our life force.