Reiki is an ancient art of healing by touch. The word is Japanese, Rei meaning universal and Ki meaning energy or life force. Reiki is a way of channeling this energy to address not only physical disorders but also to open the mind to the causes of disease and pain.
Reiki is not a religion, as it holds no creed or doctrine. Its use of the energy can be traced back for thousands of years, spanning many diverse cultures and ancient civilisations. It was reintroduced in its present form, Reiki, in the late 19th century after many years of dedicated research by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator.