Definition of reiki in US English:

reiki

noun

  • A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

    • ‘We got to talking, and she performed reiki [a New Age method that uses personal energy to heal] on me right there in the store.’
    • ‘Besides, to increase concentration, she does yoga and reiki regularly.’
    • ‘Various alternative therapies including reiki, breathwork, and acupuncture are quickly emerging as alternatives to conventional allopathic medical treatments.’
    • ‘The women can choose from Swedish massage, reiki, therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, Indian head massage and reflexology.’
    • ‘She fascinated me with talk of rolfing, reiki, hollotropic breathing and other exotic phenomena.’
    • ‘‘I'm a very spiritual person,’ says Brenda, who is qualified to practise reflexology, massage, Indian head massage and reiki.’
    • ‘Participants can also use the hotel's leisure centre and swimming pool as well as their health and beauty centre which has massage, reiki, reflexology, etc. available.’
    • ‘In addition, participants were asked to avoid using other energetic therapies such as acupuncture, therapeutic touch, massage, reiki, and reflexology.’
    • ‘You can have Thai or an Indian head massage, reiki or an entire algae wrap.’
    • ‘Gwendoline is a holistic healer, reiki master, teacher and practitioner of Light Divine Healing.’
    • ‘A new personal development and stress management course, which includes, aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki and relaxation will begin this month in the Parish Centre.’

Origin

Japanese, literally ‘universal life energy’.

Pronunciation

reiki

/ˈrākē//ˈreɪki/