Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word representing universal life energy, the energy which is all around us. It is derived from rei, meaning "free passage" or "transcendental spirit" and ki, meaning "vital life force energy" or "universal life energy." Reiki is a Japanese form of healing that is becoming increasingly popular worldwide.
Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto, Japan, began an extensive twenty-one-year study of the healing phenomena of history's greatest spiritual leaders. He developed this form of healing which he called Reiki and taught it throughout Japan until his death around 1893. Reiki was introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. Since then its use has spread dramatically worldwide.
Reiki involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the body's natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. Reiki utilizes specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that touches on all levels; body, mind, and spirit. Reiki is useful in treating sports injuries, joint pain, muscle sprain/strain, cuts, burns, internal diseases, emotional disorders, and stress-related illnesses.