Reiki is the term used to describe a very natural system developed in Japan in the 1920s by Dr Mikao Usui. It is a system that helps bring about an improved sense of wellbeing and renewal of body, mind and spirit.
The treatment is non invasive with a light touch. The client lies fully clothed on a couch, or seated on a chair in a comfortable position and practitioner will gently place their hands on or around the client.
Reiki is a very balancing and restorative treatment and I am part of a project that provides treatments in the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital High Dependency Unit (funded through the charity Rockinghorse). The benefits of Reiki treatment in the hospital, identified through over 3,000 treatment observations (though not formally researched or studied), include improvements to heart rates, breathing and digestion, relaxation, sleep, smiles, eye contact, better colour, respite from pain and the stressful situation of being in hospital as well as the experience of positive, non-invasive touch.
Clients also benefit from these types of responses, particularly relief from stress and anxiety and generally find it to be very relaxing. Reiki balances the body but also the mind and the spirit helping to bring a person into a great place for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Benefits of Reiki
Research on Reiki is difficult to do. How do you measure such at thing? However, there are reports of its benefits and some studies have been carried out:
Guardian 19/07/2007- Helped calm young offenders
Reiki Council Details of various studies investigating the benefits of Reiki in relation to for example: reducing anxiety, recovery from surgery, cancer fatigue and addictions
Pamela Miles a Reiki Master with a wealth of experience in working medical environments recommends several studies, including one on Reiki and acute coronary syndrome, one on Reiki and support for cancer patients and one on Reiki and HIV related pain and anxiety.