Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of lifeenergy in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life energy” in Japanese, and Reiki practitioners are trained to detect andalleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Reiki touch therapy is used in much the same way to achieve similar effects that traditional massage therapy is used to relieve stress and pain, and to improve the symptoms of various health conditions.
Reiki claims to provide many of the same benefits as traditional massage therapy, such as reducing stress, stimulating the immunesystem, increasing energy, and relieving the pain and symptoms of health conditions. Practitioners have reported success in helpingpatients with acute and chronic illnesses, from asthma and arthritis to trauma and recovery from surgery. Reiki is a gentle and safetechnique, and has been used successfully in some hospitals. It has been found to be very calming and reassuring for those sufferingfrom severe or fatal conditions. Reiki can been used by doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals to bring touch anddeeper caring into their healing practices.