Reiki (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’. There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence Reiki works at bringing us into balance and is believed therefore to reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal itself at all levels, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
Reiki is carried out by placing hands on or over a person to channel the Reiki healing. It has been practised in Japan for thousands of years and was rediscovered in the 19th century by Dr Mikau Usui, a Christian Theologian, of Japan after researching the power of healing for various medical conditions. He passed on these methods, knowledge and teachings which eventually spread throughout the world, being introduced to the West during the 1960s and 1970s.