Reiki pronounced as 'ray-kee' is an ancient method of channeling the flow of innate energy through placement of hands over specific points on the body. Reiki is a very popular alternate treatment for reducing stress and relaxing the whole body as well as the mind. Moreover, it permits a person to tap into the force of the universe which is limitless and boundless. This force can be used to improve health and impart vitality. This technique is considered to be a spiritual therapy as the person giving Reiki has to first reach a particular state of meditation to activate the life force.
Humans were always aware that they possess some kind of unseen energy which flows through their body as well as the Universe. History indicates that even many centuries ago some people used unseen and unrecognized force to master the art of healing. However, this word Reiki was coined in recent times in earlier twentieth century. Mikao Usai used this word to refer to the healing power possessed by him in about 1921 which he used to help others with. He first practiced his newly discovered method on himself and friends. This gave him an opportunity to perfect and polish his abilities as a Reiki healer. Then he offered it to the public.
Reiki is not visible to most humans, though it can be captured on Kirlian photography which makes visible the electromagnetic energy in and around living things. The positive effects of Reiki were first verified by Kirlian Photography in 1940.
Reiki does not involve application of pressure upon the human body, though most may go through a warming sensation or some other form of positive physical indications of energies at work. A Reiki session is very calming and many people often feel a deep sense of relaxation. Some may find themselves in a state of meditation. Reiki is helpful in curing many ailments such as migraine headaches, arthritis, heart disease, depression, sleep disorders and chronic pain. Moreover, regular practice of Reiki helps a person become self confidence. It is exceedingly relaxing and fantastic for reducing stress. The common finding amongst people who have received Reiki is that it simply makes them feel wonderful.
Reiki is not a religion it is considered as a spiritual art. Any person can receive Reiki from a practitioner or learn it from a practitioner to apply it in daily life as it works in harmony with all other kinds of treatment.