Reiki is an energy-based technique which uses light touch to promote deep relaxation and healing at spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. It is provided through a series of hand positions placed directly on, or several inches above the body. This allows Reiki energy to flow through the practitioner to the patient. Unlike massage, the hands remain still. Reiki treatments may restore depleted energy levels, lower blood pressure and heart rate, relieve anxiety, decrease pain, strengthen the immune system, and promote faster recovery from surgery. Reiki sessions in the hospital are provided with the patient fully clothed in a comfortable position and usually last about 15 minutes.