This therapeutic energy work is grounded in the complementary and alternative medicine, where the practitioner acts as a connection between the recipient and the universal energy.###

In a typical whole-body Reiki treatment, the practitioner might take a few moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare for the treatment. The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing his or her hands on the recipient’s body in various positions. However, a non-touching technique may be used, where the hands are held a few centimeters away from the recipient’s body. The practitioner aims to create a connection between the universal energy and the recipient in order to stimulate the self-healing process of the recipients’ body.

A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although emotional releases can also occur. However, the therapeutic effectiveness of Reiki is not scientifically proven.