Definitions for "Reiki"
One of the more widely known methods of energy healing, involving the direct channeling of the Universal life force, called chi by the Chinese mystics, into a client's aura with the intention of healing any illness or other malaise that the client may be experiencing. It is not the only school of energy healing (there are, among others, also Chi Gong, Pranic Healing, and Polarity Balancing) - but it is by far the simplest. If someone wants to become a Reiki healer, he or she must receive attunements from an initiated Reiki master. Then, whenever the healer wants to perform a healing, he simply puts his hands on the client's body, visualizes chi flowing from the Universe through his hands and into the client's aura. Reiki is believed to be an ancient Tibetan healing method that was lost for many years until it was rediscovered around the turn of the 20th century in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui.
Reiki is a gentle, yet powerful energy technique for health and well being. In Japanese, “rei” means spirit, supernatural, or transcendental; and “ki” means energy, essence or vitality. Reiki is universal, unconditional (spiritual) life energy.
this is a form of Japanese healing, it is performed on a fully clothed person and is a "hands on" or "hands off" therapy, this means the practitioner can work either with his hands actually touching the patient, or by holding the hands at a distance of about 3 inches above the body. Reiki works not only on the physical but on the spiritual and emotional levels also. It is a natural and holistic system that goes to the level it is needed.