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Reiki (霊気 or レイキ, Reiki? IPA: /ˈreɪkiː/) is a spiritual practice used as a complementary therapy. Reiki was developed in Japan, in 1922, by Mikao Usui. Practitioners use a technique similar to the laying on of hands, which they say will channel "healing energy" (a form of ki) through their palms.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing [citation needed]. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy [citation needed].

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."


Reiki is especially helpful for patients suffering from conditions for which allopathic medicine has no treatment. These include fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cancer pain. Many major cancer centers offer reiki therapy.


An essential part of the practice of Reiki is the knowledge of chakras, glands and associated meridians. The fifth meridian, for example, relates to the thyroid gland and the throat chakra. The associated colour of this meridian is blue.


How Reiki Works

The laying on of hands must be conducted by a genuine healer. It is possible to learn Reiki, but some are more gifted in this healing modality than others - it is important to note that while Reiki masters are those who have undergone specialist training in laying on of hands, this does not imply natural gift superior to others but denotes that they are trained to the third degree. Reiki masters, having undergone third degree training and having learnt a master level symbol, are able to attune others to Reiki and teach the three degrees.

The practitioner will mentally prepare for the session, normally in silence. It is best for the patient to be lying down and to wear loose clothing during the laying on of hands that makes up the Reiki process. When the patient is properly relaxed and the practitioner is attuned, the laying on of hands will commence with the practitioner placing his hands on the patient in various positions

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