Reiki is an ancient healing art rediscovered around 1922 by Dr. Mikao Usui.
The word “reiki” combines two Japanese expressions: rei, which means “spirit” or “soul,” and ki (“energy,” or “life force”). Ki is known in different parts of the world as chi, qi, prana or mu.
The body has energy channels that help maintain health and proper functioning and sometimes these meridians, or energy channels become congested or blocked. Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level. In a Reiki treatment, healing energy is channeled from the practitioner to the client to help unblock these channels which will enhance energy and reduce stress, pain, and fatigue.
Reiki provides many of the same benefits as traditional massage therapy, such as reducing stress, stimulating the immune system, increasing energy, and relieving pain. Practitioners have reported success in helping patients with acute and chronic illnesses, from asthma and arthritis to trauma and recovery from surgery. Reiki is a gentle and safe technique, and has been used successfully in some hospitals. It has been found to be very calming and reassuring for those suffering from severe or fatal conditions.