What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and deep relaxation that also promotes physical recovery. Reiki as translated from the Japanese means ‘spiritual energy or life force energy’. It comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy). This energy is known as ‘Ki’ in Japan, ‘Chi’ in China and ‘Prana’ in India. I practice the Japanese Reiki system as developed by Dr Usui Reiki Ryoho. This system of Reiki involves the development of the spiritual and mental focus, daily meditations and hands on treatments.

Reiki is best described as a form of hands on healing used as a complementary therapy. Reiki supports orthodox medicine or can be used alone but is not a replacement for traditional medication or treatments. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose health problems.

Reiki works by channelling positive energy into your body. A Reiki practitioner will use light touch which aims to change and balance the energy fields in and around your body to help on a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level.


Reiki practitioners say that it can:

  • help you to feel deeply relaxed
  • help you cope with difficult situations
  • relieve emotional stress and tension
  • help to improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

Reiki treatment is non-invasive The treatment is done while you are fully clothed. You will usually lay down if this is comfortable, and you will be covered with a blanket. Each treatment usually last for around an hour.

Reiki can also be used on cancer patients with their physician’s permission. It is often used in the hospice setting for those patients nearing the end of life. It has a soothing effect on patients who may be overwhelmed by invasive therapy, fear, and stress.

A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being”. (Cancer UK)

Cancer UK