Reiki is a form of energy healing that originated in Japan in the early 20th century. The word "Reiki" comes from the Japanese words "rei," which means "universal," and "ki," which means "life force energy." The practice is based on the belief that everyone has the ability to tap into the universal life force energy and use it to heal themselves and others.
A Reiki practitioner is trained to channel the universal life force energy, also known as "chi" or "qi", through their hands and into the person receiving the treatment. The energy is believed to help restore balance and harmony to the body, mind, and spirit.
Reiki sessions typically involve the person receiving the treatment lying down and relaxing while the practitioner places their hands in various positions on or above the person's body. The person may feel a warmth or tingling sensation during the treatment, but it should not be uncomfortable.
Reiki is often used as a complementary therapy to help manage symptoms of various health conditions, reduce stress and anxiety and to improve overall well-being. It is considered a holistic practice, meaning it considers the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Although some people find it beneficial, there is a lack of scientific evidence that support Reiki's effectiveness for specific health conditions.