You should know, you're a medic - What is reiki and does it work?
Kay Brennan delves into the technique
Laying on of hands to heal is as old as the hills. People have been doing it since the beginning of time. It's a natural instinct to put your hands on someone when they are hurt or not well.
Reiki is a Japanese hands-on healing technique. It is used for stress reduction, relaxation, and to promote healing. reiki (pronounced “ray-key”)--is a Japanese word meaning universal (rei) life-force (ki) and is a term used to refer to the body's energy. It is this energy that healers believe flows through all living things and can be activated to increase well being.
Reiki is an ancient Buddhist practice dating back approximately 2500 years. Its origins can be found in Tibetan sutras, ancient records of cosmology, and philosophy. The sutras were rediscovered in the mid 1800s by Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk, who found that ancient civilisations believed that there was a life