Healing touch therapies, the best known being Reiki (pronounced RAY-key), are ancient practices in increasingly wide use today.
According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), “Reiki is a subtle and effective form of energy healing using spiritually guided life force energy… practiced in every country of the world.” While often considered to be spiritual in nature, Reiki is not “affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.”
Reiki is increasingly offered in private practice settings, applied to a variety of conditions. Those who receive such treatments report relief of symptoms from numerous mental health challenges. Research shows that reiki primarily helps in the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression, as well as relief of chronic pain, improvements in sleep quality, relaxation, and general well being.