Originating in Japan, Reiki Energy Healing is a practice that channels so-called Universal Energy (Life Force, Vital Life Energy, Ki, or Qi ) via the Reiki practitioner into another person. Reiki can be applied for oneself also.
To channel energy, the primary technique used in Reiki is palm healing (that is, one transfers Universal Life Energy with the palm of the hands). This is also called hands-on healing or “laying on hands.” Additionally, some Reiki practitioners heal on-distance.
Reiki healing was developed around 1922 by Mikao Usui (1865 – 1926), who used it as a spiritual, alternative therapy for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental diseases.
To be able to use Reiki one needs to be “initiated” or “attuned,” that is, the ability to do Reiki for others or for oneself is transferred to you by a Reiki Master. After the initiation you are then able to “tap into an unlimited supply of Life Energy” to enhance the health of others or your own health.
Some of the benefits attributed to Reiki are deep relaxation, pain relief, calming, nurturing, revitalizing, but also trauma, emotional and spiritual relief.
Reiki training is usually offered in 4 levels: Reiki 1 and Reiki 2, which includes Self-Healing, healing others, and advanced training, and subsequently a Reiki Master training and Reiki Teacher Training.