Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese form of healing developed in the early part of the twentieth century that has become popular worldwide. Reiki incorporates elements of other alternative healing practices such as spiritual healing, aromatherapy, auras, crystals, chakra balancing, homeopathy, meditation and naturopathy. It involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. Reiki uses specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. Reiki therapy has several basic effects: it brings about deep relaxation, destroys energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides new vitality in the form of healing life energy, and increases the vibrational frequency of the body.

There are three grades of Reiki practitioner; levels 1, 2 and 3. Level 1 practitioners have learnt to a level where they can treat themselves, level 2 practitioners are able to give treatments to patients, and level 3 (a Reiki master) can teach Reiki.