What Is Reiki?

Reiki TherapyReiki is a Japanese method of “hands on healing” that is often considered a part of alternative or Oriental medicine. The treatment assists with stress reduction and relaxation, and may also promote healing.

The word reiki comes from two separate Japanese words: rei, or “spirit” or “the higher power,” and ki, which means “life force energy” and is related to the Chinese concept of qi. Combined, the two words convey the idea of a “spiritually guided life force energy.”

This healing therapy is based on the concept that each of us has flowing through us a “life force energy” that is the essence of our health and being. When this energy wanes, we become more susceptible to sickness and stress; when the energy flows freely and strongly, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Unlike many other healing techniques, reiki is not taught but rather transferred to a student by a reiki master during an “attunement,” which allows the student to tap into his life force energy. The technique is simple to learn and has been taught to thousands.

While reiki is more spiritual than religious, practitioners of the therapy abide by a serious of principles, the Reiki Ideals, developed by reiki’s founder, Dr. Mikao Usui. These guidelines teach the universal ideal of living a life that promotes peace and harmony.

Read more about the benefits of reiki healing therapy.