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Reiki Reiki is defined as the “universal life energy” (Koopsen and Young, 2009, p. 74). Reiki can be traced back to the Shinto culture and is considered to be a Japanese tradition. Reiki aims at using touch and promoting natural healing within the body. Reiki can specifically be described as the transfer of energy to one human being from another. Reiki is considered to be very free form and traditionally did not have any written rules or ways to practice it until recently. The Usui system was founded by Mikao Usui who is said to have created spiritual healing therapy. Reiki is used for a number of reasons such as stress, mental trauma, physical pain, and cancer. Reiki can be performed by a practitioner or anyone who has been trained in the Reiki training technique. It is usually performed on the client through various hand positions that apply noninvasively, a light touch on the client (Gleisner, 2002). Reiki is used to draw up energy and redirect it to the areas of the body where the energy for healing is needed.