Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Energy. It is a gentle method of hands-on healing that taps into the energy referred to as "ki" in Japan, "chi" in China and "prana" in India. The practice of Reiki is based o the teachings of Mikao Usui, who practiced and taught healing techniques in early twentieth century Japan. Usui was most likely inspired by his early spiritual training, including the study of Buddhist healing arts. Over the next several decades Reiki spread throughout Japan, and then the world.
Reiki is not massage, hypnosis or a tool for diagnosing illness. Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all the body's systems and the regenerative processes of body and mind.
Studies of Reiki show significant reduction of pain, including Cancer pain, following treatment. Patients also report increased feelings of relaxation and a sense of well-being. One study cited improvement in immune and nervous system function and increased mobility in patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and fibromyalgia. At Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire, surgical patients decreased their use of pain medications, stayed for shorter periods and reported increased satisfaction with pre and post surgical Reiki sessions.