Reiki is a form of energy-based healing developed over one century ago in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui. Translated as "Universal Life Force Energy", Reiki supports the energetic balance of a person in order to facilitate healing on a physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental level.
This "Life Force Energy" flows through everyone, permeating our cells, our muscles, our blood, and our organs. When this flow is interrupted or blocked, you can experience a wide range of symptoms, including pain, unease, anxiety, disease, and illness.
Reiki harnesses the pure energy of the earth and the universe, filtering it through the heart of the practitioner, who then transfers it to the client's body in order to restore a natural, balanced flow of energy.
From the HCH handbook:
Reiki synchronizes and energizes vital meridians and acupuncture points of the body while gently aligning and balancing the major energy or chakra centers in the physical and finer bodies.
Reiki is a natural healing system that is in perfect harmony and symphony with other healing modalities and practices. It is an energy support system that acts in conjunction with all healing practices.
Reiki assists the body in its own highest level of healing and wellness.
Reiki is a consistent and vital means of relieving stress, tension, and hypertension.
Reiki gently calms the mind and emotions and it provides a positive context for healing.