Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes 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).
In recent years, Reiki has been integrated into many health care settings, including hospitals. 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 and much more, according to the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota (UMN).
Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.