Reiki is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of complimentary alternative medicine. Through the use of this technique, practitioners transfer healing energy through the palms. In a typical whole-body Reiki treatment, the Reiki practitioner instructs the recipient to lie down, usually on a massage table, and relax. Loose, comfortable clothing is usually worn during the treatment. The practitioner might take a few moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare for the treatment. The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing the hands on the recipient in various positions. However, practitioners may use a non-touching technique, where the hands are held a few inches away from the recipient's body for some or all of the positions. The hands are usually kept in a position for three to five minutes before moving to the next position. One of the greatest Reiki healing health benefits is stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the body’s natural healing abilities, and improves and maintains health. Reiki healing is a natural therapy that gently balances life energies and brings health and well being to the recipient.