Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of healing using light touch and hand positions. The word reiki comes from two Japanese words - rei, meaning higher power or universal force and ki, meaning life energy. Loosely translated, reiki means universal or spiritually-guided life force energy.
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Practiced for thousands of years throughout Japan, China and Tibet and other Asian nations, reiki was "rediscovered" in the late 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Buddhist monk and educator who used the therapy to heal the sick which came to reiki to the west in 1930s after Hawayi Takata she learned the practice from reiki master in Japan. Today, reiki is used as a method of healing illness and reducing stress through light touch or, more commonly by placing hands near or above the body in specific positions or patterns. Through these positions, a reiki practitioner can correct energetic imbalances in the body, improving health and restoring a person's energy levels.