Reiki is a Spiritual Japanese healing technique in which massage therapists lay hands on or over an area of the person’s body and transfers energy to the person’s body. Reiki promotes deep relaxation, stress reduction, and well-being.

Reiki is a type of energy healing. The word “Reiki” means “mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign.” It comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy). Energy healing targets the energy fields around the body.

According to practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness.

Energy medicine aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body, say practitioners, can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, and reduce other symptoms of illness.

Reiki has been around for thousands of years. Its current form was first developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught 2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime. The practice spread to the U.S. through Hawaii in the 1940s, and then to Europe in the 1980s.

A 2018 survey shows that, in the United States 1.2 million adults tried Reiki or another alternative medicine therapy at least once in the previous year. Over 60 U.S. hospitals offer Reiki services to patients. It is commonly referred to as palm healing or hands-on healing.