What is it?
The term reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy. It is a gentle hands-on therapy based on the belief that therapists can channel healing energy into another person to promote health.
Why use it
People use reiki to improve physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
What to expect
During a reiki session, you sit or lie down fully clothed. The therapist places their hands in a series of positions on or slightly above your body. The aim is to enhance the body’s natural healing ability and promote wellbeing.
What is the evidence?
There is no reliable evidence that reiki has any benefits. Anecdotal reports suggest that reiki is calming and relaxing, often helping to relieve pain and anxiety, reduce stiffness and improve posture.
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