Reiki definition by the Oxford English Dictionary:
“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”.
“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy', and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing.
Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.
There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence Reiki treatments can help the body emotionally or spiritually. It is a tradition that is open to any religion or belief system.
Reiki is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery periods.
The practice is taught by Reiki masters/teachers who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from master to student. Reiki Master/Teachers should be able to trace their lineage back directly to Master Mikao Usui