The word Reiki comprises the two Japanese characters, rei, meaning universal spirit, and ki, meaning vital life force or energy. This subtle energy, known as ki in Japanese, chi in Chinese, and prana in Sanskrit, is the essence that underlies vitality and intelligence of the universe.
Reiki is a therapeutic approach in which the practitioner facilitates the delivery of universal energy to an individual by either laying their hands gently on the body or with the hands held in elevation a short distance from the body. It is sometimes performed by following the chakra system which are energy centers found throughout the body. The chakra represent differing relationships of the person to their own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual quality of life.
The intention of the practitioner is to help restore energy flow and balance to enhance vitality and promote the body’s innate ability to heal. Reiki has been adopted by medical facilities and hospitals as an adjunct to medical care by training nurses to work with their patients.