Reiki is a special type of massage developed in the 1920s. It was designed to help a person relax and reduce their stress via a laying on of hands by a trained professional. During a Reiki session, a person lies on a massage table while the practitioner places their hands over certain parts of their body. The practitioner will hold his or her hands on each part of your body for a few minutes. One interesting aspect of Reiki is that it is not massage—the practitioner does not actually touch you. Instead, they help your natural Reiki, or life force, energy flow to where it should. That is, of course, if you believe in the concept of Reiki.
Whether or not you believe in it, Reiki has a fairly good sized following, and those that practice Reiki need certain pieces of equipment. The major piece of equipment is, of course, the massage table. While Reiki is not actually a massage, the same kind of table is still used. This cushioned table allows the patient to relax and breathe easily while the Reiki professional performs the energy manipulation.
There are some other options to buying expensive massage tables. For example, a massage mat can provide the required cushioned table. These mats can be placed on any bed or other surface. The massage mat isn’t body length, but it does include a foot bolster to help handle lower back stress and a face rest. These mats can be used for things other than Reiki, of course, and those who do not practice Reiki may actually want to have a massage mat for other uses. If you want to have a nice, relaxing massage, for example, having one of these mats will be useful.