Reiki is a therapy using healing hands or hands-on-body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or over a patient's body to facilitate the patient's process of healing.
Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese word-characters of "rei" (spiritual or supernatural) and "ki" (vital energy). One of the basic ideas held by those who practice Reiki is that this vital energy can be channeled to support the body's natural ability to heal itself, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Reiki uses an energy which we believe exists within, and surrounds, each body — and the practice involves transmitting or balancing that energy, through the specific placement of hands at various places on the body. Most commonly, reiki is used to ease pain, anxiety, fatigue, and depression,
Overlapping data from some of the more scientifically valid studies on Reiki suggest that this complementary therapy may play some role in reducing anxiety and pain, inducing relaxation, improving fatigue and helping relieve the symptoms of depression, according to the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota (UMN).
What it is: A healing modality many people swear by, including myself which can be used to help relieve the symptoms of: pain, anxiety, depression, Neuropathic Illnesses, Cancer and just about any other disease out there. It rebalances the life force energy in the body and assists on delivering the healing required to that area. reiki was less about intervention, and more about reestablishing the power already within the recipient to heal oneself. The practitioner should only be facilitating that power, resulting, most immediately, in a sense of relaxation and stress relief.
I do my Reiki Sessions via Skype and these are most effective when done in blocks of three.
What it is NOT: A complete healing of an illness or malady. While this has happened before, it is not often that a patient will be spontaneously healed after one treatment.