A Reiki treatment involves the client lying down receiving the focussed attention of the practitioner throughout the session. There need be no hands-on contact, and only outdoor clothing and shoes are removed. Whether stress, and stress related pain and illness, result from pressure of work or problems in the family, the relaxation offered during a Reiki treatment can be hugely beneficial. Stress blocks the flow of vital energy and a Reiki treatment helps restore balance and may reduce levels of anxiety, tension and pain. Reiki is energy which flows through the practitioner and through the client’s system, promoting relaxation, stress reduction and clearing blockages. This may result in unexpected thoughts, images or emotions. As physical detoxification may also take place, clients are urged to drink plenty of water.