Reiki (pronounced "ray-kee") uses placement of hands on the body to channel energy to remove physical and emotional blockages. The Reiki energy is perceived as heat or sensation that comes from the practitioner's hands. Reiki treatment induces a light meditative state, called alpha, which is known to reduce stress levels.
Reiki relieves pain, reduces shock, calms the mind, and enhances the body's ability to heal itself. It can be used effectively with other treatment programs, including conventional medical treatment. Reiki treatment is gentle and non-invasive and can be done while the patient is clothed and sitting or lying comfortably. A treatment session may last around an hour as the hands are held for several minutes over each area of the body. Increasing numbers of registered nurses worldwide are using Reiki as part of patient care in hospital.