Reiki (霊気, /ˈreɪkiː/) is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

According to WikiPedia, Reiki is a pseudoscience, and is used as an illustrative example of pseudoscience in scholarly texts and academic journal articles. It is based on qi (“chi”), which practitioners say is a universal life force, although there is no empirical evidence that such a life force exists. Clinical research has not shown reiki to be effective as a treatment for any medical condition. (a)

Reiki is based on the belief that humans are made of energy. However, sometimes our stressful lives lead to an imbalance in our stored energy. Reiki is a Japanese technique that is used to heal physical and mental trauma, and to support mental clarity and spiritual well-being (b). Reiki, an alternate healing, is a natural process that helps our body move back to state of balance. During a Reiki session, the energy around us is channelized and our thoughts are also controlled.

Reiki healing experts study your aura, sees where it needs healing and then, based – either through/via touch or remotely – on that analysis, gives you Reiki. Reiki is usually given on 12 points that cover all parts of the body. But, if you have problems in a particular area, the expert spends more time there.

Every Reiki experience is unique. When they take in the energy, some people see spirals or feel heat, while other feel hot and cold sensations. Your reaction to Reiki depends on how sensitive you are. What’s for sure is that you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated after a session. And if you do, you know it has worked.