Reiki is pronounced Ray-Key and is a Japanese form of spiritual healing. It was developed by Dr Mikao Usui in the early part of the 20th century.

What is Reiki?

Throughout a reiki treatment, the client remains fully clothed and the practitioner places their hands in a series of positions over the body. The whole body is treated during a session, not just the injured or affected area.

Reiki masters teach their students the methods used in Reiki. Their teachings say that there is an 'inexhaustable, universal, life force spiritual energy' which can be used to produce a healing effect. According to a Reiki master, anyone can gain access to this energy, via a process called attunement. The energy is then believed to flow through the hands whenever the practitioners hands are held near or on a client.

A treatment will usually progress with the practitioner moving their hands from one specific position to another, and holding each position for between 3 and 5 minutes. Areas usually covered include the head, back, stomach, knees and feet. Between 12 and 20 positions are used and treatments therefore last for 45-90 minutes. Clients often report feelings of warmth and tingling on areas being treated, even when the hands are not in contact!


There is no scientific evidence available to support the effectiveness of Reiki and especially the presence of the life force energy described in Reiki teachings. However, many dedicated therapists and satisfied clients may disagree!