Reiki is a type of complementary therapy. A reiki practitioner puts their hands lightly on or near your body. One of the main aims is to help you relax.


  • The Japanese word Reiki means universal energy.
  • It aims to relax you, ease stress and tension and help your overall wellbeing.
  • There is no scientific evidence that reiki can help prevent, treat or cure cancer.

What is Reiki Healing?

Reiki is a Japanese healing art that was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century. It is pronounced ray-key. You might also hear it called Reiki energy, Usui system of Reiki and therapeutic touch.

The Japanese word reiki means universal energy. Eastern medicine systems work with this energy, which they believe flows through all living things and is vital to wellbeing. The energy is known as 'Ki' in Japan, 'Chi' in China and 'Prana' in India. Reiki isn't part of any type of religion or belief system.

A reiki practitioner aims to change and balance the ‘energy fields’ in and around your body to help on a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level.

Why people with cancer use it

  • help you to feel deeply relaxed
  • help you cope with difficult situations
  • relieve emotional stress and tension
  • help to improve overall well being

Some people say that reiki has helped to control side effects of their cancer treatments, such as pain, anxiety and sickness. They also say that it helps them cope better with their cancer and its treatment. But it’s important to bear in mind that while reiki may help you to cope with your symptoms or side effects, it is not able to treat your cancer. (Cancer research UK)

Reiki flows from the Universal life force through the Reiki Practitioner into the recipient. We are just the vessel that the Reiki flows through. Therefore, we cannot dictate where the Reiki will go. As we ask that it goes towards your highest and greatest good. In other words, you may have a bad foot; however, the Universal life force may deliver emotional healing. Reiki flows where it is needed most for your highest and greatest good.

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