Reiki is a type of alternative therapy that involves the ritualized medical practice of “laying hands.” Albeit a lot more low-key than the stereotypical evangelical practice of laying hands, Reiki nevertheless involves the supposed transfer of energy with the practitioner as a conduit. This form of energy healing is intended to be used as a complementary and alternative therapy to help alleviate symptoms of illness and to improve general well-being.
The word “Reiki” is derived from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy). Purportedly, this universal energy or ki has healing effects.
During a Reiki session, a holistic healer will focus on unrestricted breathing and apply hand movements to your fully clothed body in a relaxed environment. Reiki has a strong following among many people who practice integrative medicine, and it is often used to treat stress.