The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means 'Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe' and Ki which is 'energy that animates all living things'. So Reiki is basically "spiritually guided life force energy."
It cannot be guided by the mind and does not involve physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances, but works with the subtle vibrational field thought to surround and penetrate the body. It cannot be misused as it always creates a healing effect.
People receiving Reiki often experience a connection to their own innatespirituality. It can be channelled to support the body's natural ability to heal itself. It can help in reducing anxiety and pain, inducing relaxation, improving fatigue and helping relieve the symptoms of depression. In addition it provides an individual with feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.