Reiki (loosely translated to “universal life energy”) is a non-invasive alternative therapy based on energy healing. This Japanese practice aims to support the natural ability of the body to heal itself by promoting balance in the mind, body and spirit.
According to reiki practitioners, our body is comprised of an intelligent energy system through which ‘life force energy’ flows. This energy nourishes the organs and cells of the body.
The life force flows within our body through pathways (chakras, meridians, and nadis) and around our body in a field (aura). Where there is physical injury or emotional pain, the energy can be low and stagnant in the body. Over time, these energy blocks can lead to illness.
The aim of reiki is to restore the energy balance and vitality in the body by opening up blocked meridians, nada, and chakras. Reiki practitioners typically use a technique called palm healing, where universal energy is said to be transferred through the practitioner to the client. This process causes relaxation, speeds up healing, and reduces pain and other symptoms of illness in the body. Reiki induces deep relaxation and is most commonly used for pain relief, anxiety, fatigue, and depression.