Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows throughout the Universe and connects all living things. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The treatment involves the hands of the practitioner being held above specific areas of the body, corresponding to key energy centers, or "chakras". No physical contact is made.
Reiki healing is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. Reiki’s purpose is to support your own innate ability to heal, and to help restore natural balance, healthy functioning, and overall wellness. Because it facilitates healing on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels, Reiki is uniquely and broadly beneficial. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
While Reiki healing is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions, nor do they perform medical treatment, prescribe substances, or interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional, unless they have received training in such a licensed professional practice that supports this. (These professional skills are not part of a Reiki training program). Reiki should not compete with medical doctors and their treatments. Reiki can be used together with any other form of medical, natural or alternative therapy in order to compliment it. It is always recommended that you first see a licensed physician or mental health care professional for any physical or psychological ailment you may have.