Reiki is a therapy often described as body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly over a patient's body to facilitate the patient's process of healing by channeling energy. Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese word characters of "rei" (spiritual orsupernatural) and "ki" (vital energy).
Research shows that Reiki helps in the relief of chronic pain and thus the reduction ofstress, anxiety and depression associated with chronic pain. Some of the benefits of Reiki sessions for depressed clients include a better sense of mental and physical balance. Reiki may help restore a person's overall sense of balance, both in the mind and the body. This may help to improve the person's mood and help him or her to overcome feelings of guilt and/or sadness.