I am a Reiki Master as well as a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. I explain to clients that Reiki is channeling the universal life energy to stimulate the integration of mind/body/spirit to enhance the natural healing mechanism. Healing Touch is a curriculum which provides training in a variety of techniques to clear, align & restore balance to the human energy system through touch, it influences the body, emotions, mind & spirit. Healing Touch is a method of altering the body's energy system to influence self-healing.
The similarity between Healing Touch and Reiki is that they are both energy medicine. The difference between Healing Touch and Reiki is that in Healing Touch we have more techniques available to us for specific conditions, such as back problems. There have been a great many research studies done on Healing Touch and it's efficacy. Healing Touch is used in hospitals. As a member of Healing Touch International we have standards of practice and a code of ethics. Our certification procedures are stringent and our work is documented. When someone does a Healing Touch treatment and documents the work, another practitioner can look at the documentation and know exactly what techniques were done and how they were done. So, the difference is Healing Touch has uniform standards in training and certification; consistency in technique and documentation; more techniques available for treatment of conditions.