Reiki Reduce stress and Promote relaxation Reiki is a simple, natural and safe Japanese healing technique to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It is based on the principle that the practitioner can channel energy into the patient’s body through touch, using a technique commonly called palm healing or hands-on healing. This means that the reiki practitioner uses light, non-manipulative touch to a clothed recipient. The practitioner’s hands are still for most of the treatment; they move only when she changes hand placements. She merely rests her hands lightly on the body or just above it if more appropriate (e.g., the patient has a burn or an open wound). Her hands may rise spontaneously in response to the patient’s need for balance at that particular moment. In other words, the practitioner does not try to fix the patient, or to change, control or reorganize the patient’s own energy. Instead, reiki activates the natural healing process within the patient and treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit. It therefore creates feelings of peace and security, and works to restore physical and emotional well-being. Those receiving reiki often report a sense of connection to their own spirituality. Used in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques, reiki can help relieve side effects and promote recovery. Some people use reiki to strengthen their wellness; others use it to help cope with pain or fatigue, or to support their medical or palliative care.