Reiki massage originated in Tibet and has been practiced for thousands of years. Essentially, it is not a massage because it is not done by manipulating soft tissue. Reiki literally means "universal life force." The therapist uses his or her palms to transfer this universal healing energy into the client's body. Reiki boosts the immune system. Also, it is used to treat terminally ill and infirm patients.
The Reiki practitioner believes that chronic illness is a physical manifestation caused by unhealthy emotional, mental and spiritual problems. Healing energy channeled by the practitioner goes beyond the physical. It addresses emotional and physical issues.