Reiki means "Life-Force" or "Universal Energy", the same energy that is called "ki" in Japan, "chi" in China and "prana" in India. It flows through all living things and is vital to health and well-being. When the flow of this life energy is impaired, the body suffers.
Reiki was developed as a method of healing and spiritual development in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui in Japan.
A Reiki practitioner is able to tap into universal energy and pass it on to the client, whose body will use it in whatever way is suitable at the time. You will normally be lying down (fully clothed), so that your body is in a relaxed state. The energy is often felt as heat, cold, tingling, some other sensation or nothing at all, depending on the person.
Treatments are rarely the same from one session to the next, as the body's needs change, but most people feel very relaxed and calm following a treatment.
Why would I choose Reiki? It is a very gentle, non-invasive, non-manipulative "treatment" which can help people with physical, structural, physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual issues. What is actually treated during a session depends entirely on the person being treated and his/her needs at that time.
Who can have Reiki? It can be given to anyone, at whatever age, from newborns to the very elderly.
Can it be given alongside conventional medical treatments? Yes - the energy can be very gentle and it is the body of the person being treated that utilises the energy in the way that is best for it.
For futher information, see the following websites: Reiki-evolution.co.uk and reikifed.co.uk