Reiki was founded by Dr Mikao Usui a Japanese scholar. Dr Usui dedicated most of his life to find out why some people would heal while others would not. This sent Dr Usui on a quest which eventually lead him to meet an abbot in a monastery who had access to a sacred library. Within this library Dr Ussi was said to have found ancient Sanskrit text on the universal healing energies. It was said to be a formula. Dr Usui found it difficult to activate the formula and was said to have retreated to a mountain for 21 days where he fasted and meditated on the text. On the 21st day it is said that Dr Usui had a mystical experience and saw symbols written in light. These symbols were a translation of the ancient text and Dr Usui then went to the township and healed many people through their usage. Theses exact symbols are imprinted onto a Reiki Practitioner's palm to facilitate healing. That is why Reiki is known as "Healing Hands". The Symbols are imprinted by a Reiki Master. A Reiki Master is someone who preserves the Symbols and teachings handed down by Dr Usui and also teaches the necessity of gratitude before, during and after the healing process. The symbols act as keys. Fine tuning the energy system. Like a guitar that can go out of tune from time to time so can our energy. Reiki provides a gentle, relaxing, non invasive realignment.