Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal
of improving theflow of life energy in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray key) means "universal life energy" in
Japanese, and Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical,
emotional, and spiritual level. Reiki touch therapy is used in much the same way to achieve similar effects
that traditional massage therapy is used—to relieve stress and pain, and to improve the symptoms of various health conditions.
Reiki claims to provide many of the same benefits as traditional massage therapy, suchas reducing stress, stimulating theimmune system,increasing energy, and relieving the pain and symptoms of health conditions. Practitioners have reportedsuccess in helping patientswith acute and chronic illnesses, from asthma and arthritis to trauma and
recovery from surgery. Reiki is a gentle and safe technique, and has been used successfully in some hospitals. It has been found to be very calming and reassuring for
those suffering from severe or fatal conditions. Reiki can been used by doctors,
nurses,psychologists and other health professionals to bring touch and deeper caring into their healing practice.