Reiki is universal life force energy and a Reiki practioner is attuned to the frequency of that energy and can direct it to help the healing of others.
It can help with many things, I know from personal experience it has benefitted my life and my family in many ways apart from the healing aspect. I have noticed my injury time is shorter, my wounds heal very fast if I am cut. I have treated injuries and illness ranging from kidney stones to strains and sprains & bruises.
Reiki energy can feel like warm sunshine in areas that need it most, we treat mainly through the 7 chakras - crown, 3rd eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, navel & base, but can also treat elsewhere on the body.
It can be either hands on or within the aura of the body and you will still feel the energy. Often I can feel the ki circulating throughout the meridiens as I am working hands on with someone, and when doing a chakra balance I can feel it working through my own body!
Because the reiki energy can work independant of time and space, a lot of effective reiki treatment is done via distance methods. I dont intend to get into a discussion of these methods here because of the time involvement. Sufficient to say that this method of treatment is very effective and if you want further info then do some research on your own bat.
It is and isn't related to accupuncture and accupressure methods.
The relationship is basically that of using the meridiens in the body to treat the whole body and the use of the circulation of the ki within the body.
The major points in accupunture, and some of the main pressure points on the governer and conception vessel relate to the chakras we use for treatment when treating with reiki.
I could go into it in great depth but time is not permitting! [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG]