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What it is: A practitioner places his palms lightly on or over various parts of the body in an effort to redistribute energy.

What the expert says: “Reiki is a self-healing technique, a profound meditation technique that you can learn,” said Gianantonio Corna, a third-generation energy healer and the owner of Reiki Vitae in SoHo. “I don’t even remember the last time I got sick.” He recommends at least three sessions to really feel its effects on both physical and emotional levels. So with Reiki, he argues, those stress-related conditions you’re fighting can start to subside. He compares it to a GPS for your body, “going around the different energy channels that we have and detecting where the traffic is not good, and giving the information on that spot that (leads) to rebalance.”

My verdict: I lay flat on the back in a dark room, while soothing music played in the background. Gianantonio did not touch me once, just hovered his hands over my body. It was slightly awkward, but I reminded myself that Corna does this every day and it doesn’t faze him.

Corna told me to expect various memories to pop up in my mind during our 90-minute introductory session. He was right — random slices of life crept back into my conscious during our time together. Corna explained that that is the Reiki energy’s way of storing those memories on our human “iCloud,” so that they don’t take up space on our hard drive anymore. The memories aren’t being erased, but rather moved so that we can let go of old patterns and make room for positive encounters.

Contrary to popular belief, reflexology is not just done on the feet.
Contrary to popular belief, reflexology is not just done on the feet. (Rolphot/Getty Images/iStockphoto)


After the treatment, I felt relaxed. After all, I was just lying down for an extended period of time! And Corna was spot-on in his diagnosis of an area of myself I wanted to work on, even giving me practical advice for self-improvement. It was pretty incredible he knew so much about me without me giving him any details!