Gassho also symbolizes respect, the Buddhist teachings, and the Dharma. It also is an expression of our feelings of gratitude and our inter-connectedness with each other. It symbolizes the realization that our lives are supported by innumerable causes and conditions. In Reiki
Reiki is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a "universal energy" is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.
, an alternative medicine practice that grew out of Japanese Buddhism in the 1920s, the Gassho is used as a stationary sitting pose during meditations ?and is thought to be a means of circulating healing energy.