Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, the vital energy around and within all living things.
Reiki is the name given to a system of natural healing which evolved from the experience and dedication of Dr Mikao Usui, a Professor of Theology who lived in Japan in the last century. Dr Usui developed this healing system from ancient Buddhist teachings after many years of study, research and meditation. He spent the rest of his life practising and teaching Reiki. Today Reiki continues to be taught by Reiki Masters who have  trained in the tradition passed down from Master to student.
There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a Reiki treatment, the only prerequisite is a desire to be healed.

The method of receiving a Reiki treatment is very simple,  the treatment can be given with the recipient either lying on a couch or sitting in a chair whichever is the most comfortable and relaxing position. As Reiki will pass through anything, even plaster casts there is no need to remove any clothing. The practitioner gently places their hand non intrusively both on and off the body in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body, treating the whole person rather than specific symptoms. Treatments usually last between one and one and half hours.
Reiki healing can be given anywhere at any time as no special equipment is needed. The practitioner is a channel through which the energy is drawn by the need or imbalance of the recipient.

Healing  is possible at all levels of our beings: physical, mental, emotional and  spiritual, and healing occurring in any one of these levels will permeate through to the others.