Reiki is a form of energy healing in which the practitioner uses light touch to channel energy. The roots of modern Reiki were founded in Japan in the early 20th century by a Zen Buddhist named Mikao Usui (Stein, 1995). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM; 2007) categorizes Reiki as energy medicine. Energy medicine is based on the belief that disturbances in energy cause illness, and that the laying of hands by the practitioner can restore the flow and balance of energy in the recipient. The word Reiki means “universal life energy” and is composed of two Japanese words: Rei, which means “hidden force” or “spiritual, ” and Ki, which means “life energy” (Stein, 1995). Reiki has been used to promote healing, relaxation, and overall wellness.