Reiki is based on ancient Tibetan Buddhist teachings, said to date back 10,000 years, which were uncovered in the mid-1880s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese professor of theology. Usui incorporated the Tibetan healing practice of laying on of hands for healing and overall well-being by using the knowledge and availability of the healing potential of life force energy. He believed that this energy was channeled through the energy centres of the energy body, an Eastern concept, as well as through the major organs and glands of Western anatomy.
Reiki is a modality of energy healing that makes use of touch and visualization to access this universal life force energy to restore health. Reiki Practitioners place their hands on areas of energy called chakras, as well as the major organs and glands of the body, in order to balance the energy of the body mind and spirit. Treatments support the re-connection to ones Self, the Divine within, bringing a sense of belonging and reminder that we are all "spiritual beings having a human experience". - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin