Reiki is a Japanese hands-on therapy that has been around for just over a century. Pronounced 'ray-kee,' Reiki means 'universal life force energy' and those who practice Reiki seek to manipulate the energy in the patient's body and restore balance. The Reiki therapist or Reiki master does this by laying his or her hands on the patient and using his or her energy to move and unblock the energy of the patient.
As with many energy and alternative healing therapies, there are a variety of different Reiki philosophies and techniques. If you are just beginning, ask which therapy your potential Reiki therapist utilizes and find out the details of how that translates in your session.
One thing that all Reiki practice has in common, however, and that is its effects: deep relaxation and the removal or breakdown of blocks to energy flow. These effects lead to residual effects like detoxification of the blood and organs and renewed motivation and energy. Spiritually, Reiki has beneficial effects as well. Rather than a spiritual healer who puts his or her own energy into the patient, a Reiki therapist holds his or her hands over the patients body and lets the patient take what is needed. This makes the session more active spiritually for the patient and less intrusive on the part of the therapist.
Though it is considered a 'hands-on' or 'laying of hands' therapy, Reiki therapists rarely physically touch their patients. Though some Reiki positions require touch, most do not, allowing for the therapist to hold his or her hands a few inches away from the patient's body.
Reiki is a whole body treatment with multiple mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits. It is accessible to anyone, regardless of age, gender, or condition .and is an excellent complementary therapy.