Reiki states that body and mind are in constant interaction, therefore an imbalance in one area cause an illness in the other. If you take the spiritual approach, you can say that our body has its own aura or energy field but if you look at it scientifically, you can say that our body has its own energy and emits an electromagnetic field. The Usui Reiki System is a Japanese method of energy work. During a session your practitioner will apply Reiki energy to help rebalance your body.
The main purpose of Reiki is to support your physical and emotional body. Working as a support mechanism to the body, Reiki re-establishes a flow of ki or chi (life-force energy) throughout the system, which in turn can enhance and accelerate the body’s innate healing ability. The practitioner is trained to access and serve as a channel for the life-force energy and the client’s body draws off the amount of energy that is required. This energy flows naturally and assists in:
The great thing about reiki is that one does not have to be ill to experience the benefits. Reiki can help you with managing the stress of daily life or when big transitions are happening in your life.
Other people come to receive Reiki as it helps them with spiritual development and to experience a greater sense of meaning in life.
For a lot of people, Reiki helps with maintaining harmony in their life as it alleviates blockages in their physical and mental bodies.
Some people come to Reiki to help with their energy levels, managing the stress of daily life, or when transitions are happening in their lives. Others will come to develop themselves spiritually and experience a greater sense of meaning in life.
Reiki provides a source of restoring energy while one is ill, under medical treatment, in recovery, or before and after surgery.
Reiki is safe to use in conjunction with and complements other medical treatments, healing methods, and therapies, such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, and psychology to name a few.
Study published: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineVol. 25, No.1non-clinical2
Objectives: The main purpose of this study was to measure the effect of a single session of Reiki on physical and psychological health in a large nonclinical sample.
Design: The study design was a single-arm effectiveness trial with measures at pre-and post-intervention.
Settings: The study took place at private Reiki practices across the United States.
Subjects: Reiki practitioners were recruited from an online mailing list to participate in the study with their Reiki clients. A total of 99 Reiki practitioners met the inclusion criteria and participated in the study. Reiki practitioners were instructed to give a flyer to each of their Reiki clients that contained information about the study and invited the client to complete a survey before and after their Reiki session.
Interventions: Trained and certified Reiki Masters conducted the Reiki sessions in person, with each session lasting between 45 and 90 min.
Outcome measures: The well-validated 20-item Positive and Negative Affect Schedule was used to assess affect, and brief, single-item self-report measures were used to assess a wide range of physical and psychological variables immediately before (pre) and after (post) the Reiki session.
Results: A total of N = 1411 Reiki sessions were conducted and included in the analysis. Statistically significant improvements were observed for all outcome measures, including positive affect, negative affect, pain, drowsiness, tiredness, nausea, appetite, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, and overall well-being (all p-values <0.001).
Conclusions: The results from this large-scale multisite effectiveness trial suggest that a single session of Reiki improves multiple variables related to physical and psychological health.
Study published: Journal of Holistic Nursing, 7 (1), pages 47 to 54 (1989)
"Using Krieger's protocol for hemoglobin studies within the context of Therapeutic Touch, forty-eight adults participating in First Degree Reiki Training were tested. Findings revealed a statistically significant change in the hemoglobin and hematocrit levels of the participants at the P =.01 level. A comparable control group, not experiencing the training, demonstrated no change within an identical time frame."
Study published: Cancer Prev. Control, 1 (2), pages 108 à 113 (1997)
The purpose of this study was to explore the usefulness of Reiki as an adjuvant to opioid therapy in the management of pain. Since no studies in this area could be found, a pilot study was carried out involving 20 volunteers experiencing pain at 55 sites for a variety of reasons, including cancer. All Reiki treatments were provided by a certified second-degree Reiki therapist. Pain was measured using both a visual analogue scale (VAS) and a Likert scale immediately before and after the Reiki treatment. Both instruments showed a highly significant (p < 0.0001) reduction in pain following the Reiki treatment.
Study published: Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, Article ID 381862
"The beneficial effects following Reiki found in this study for those participants with initially high levels of anxiety/depression, as evinced by the total Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale, are in keeping with the findings of our previous study. There the Reiki group demonstrated comparatively greater overall mood and stress benefits than the controls who did not receive Reiki, accompanied by a buffering of the increase in symptoms of illness seen in the controls."
Reiki is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and we do not provide medical advice or cure. If you require any medical advice, you should seek help from other qualified health care professionals. Never disregard professional medical treatment or advice or delay seeking it because you are receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki should be used in addition to, and not a replacement of, any standardized medical or mental care.