Reiki is a Japanese word which means spiritual energy. As a practice it uses the universal life force energy for healing. It is holistic in that it brings balance and harmony to the body, mind, emotions and spirit. It is a unique and powerful method which may be used alone and on oneself or with others and in combination with other healing modalities. Reiki may be hands-on or hands-off; either way it connects us with the healing powers that are inherent within, while at the same time rebalancing both the practitioner and the patient.
Directing hands and/or thoughts with the intention of love toward a patient, with the goal of helping in whatever way is best for them at that time, is Reiki. Great healing can come out of this pure intention.