Reiki, the form of alternative therapy commonly referred to as energy healing emerged in Japan in the late 1800's and is said to involve the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner's palms to their patient.
Energy healing has been used for centuries in various forms said to work with the energy fields around the body. Although controversial, because it is hard to prove the effectiveness through scientific means, according to many Reiki patients, it really works, and its popularity is increasing.
So what is Reiki and how can it help?
The word "Reiki" means "mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign." It comes from the Japanese words "rei" (universal) and "ki" (life energy).
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.
Reiki is a form of energy healing. According to practitioners, energy stagnates in the body where there has been physical injury or possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness. In Reiki, the practitioner transfers energy by placing their hands over or on the patient so using healing to target the energy fields around the body aiming to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure so improving the flow of energy around the body, reducing pain and other symptoms of illness.