Reiki is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by the Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui that uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of complementary and alternative medicine. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring healing energy in the form of ki through the palms
There are two main branches of Reiki, commonly referred to as Traditional Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki. Within both Traditional and Westernized forms of Reiki, there are three forms of degrees, commonly referred to as the First, Second, and Master/Teacher degree. According to Reiki practitioners and Masters at First Degree, a Reiki practitioner is able to heal him or herself and others; at Second Degree he/she is able to heal others from a distance (commonly called distant healing) with the use of specialized symbols; at Master/Teacher level she/he is able to teach and attune others to Reiki.