Reiki finds its origin in Japan. It is healing art that was drawn from Buddhist, Shinto, and Taoist traditions, and synthesized into a palatable system, by a Japanese spiritual leader named Mikao Usui.
The term “REI” in this context means “from the higher spiritual realms”, and “KI” means “vital life force and/or energy.” Thus Reiki means the principle of life force energy from the higher spiritual realms.
In Reiki, the healing energy, or dynamic, is allowed to flow into the practitioner, and then the practitioner acts as a vehicle through which this energy can be passed onto another individual via the hands.
Reiki treatment restores balance and harmony to the person and their body, bringing about a greater sense of wholeness and relaxation. Reiki treatment occurs with the client fully-clothed, as Reiki can transcend materials of many kinds. The treatment itself generally feels very relaxing, thereby providing the client with a meditative state of awareness, which can assist in the body’s healing process.