Wednesday, August 28, 2013


A form of energy healing, Reiki is a Japanese method of stress reduction and relaxation. This then leads to healing. Reiki is used through the "laying on of hands" sending a life energy to the other person. When a person's life energy is depleted, Reiki assists to correct this. When someone receives a treatment, they generally feel relaxed, calm, happy, and more healthy.

Reiki can be used with children and babies. This form of energy healing is also used safely with pregnant women. It can also help animals and plants! Some of the illnesses that Reiki has been used to treat are bee stings, headaches, colds, flu, and tension and anxiety. It has also been known to decrease adverse side effects to some medical treatments, including chemotherapy, post-operative pain and depression.

Reiki is not a religion. Anyone can practice Reiki or get Reiki treatments no matter what their beliefs are. Any who receive or practice Reiki are not asked to change their beliefs or religion. Reiki is also safely used with medical treatments and psychological treatments as well, however it is recommended that before using Reiki, a person should discuss with their medical provider if it is the right treatment for them.

Does Reiki really work? Cuneo et al (2011) studied the effects of Reiki on work-related stress in registered nurses. Stress is a common word among nurses. Stress levels are often high in nurses because of stressors within their environment. Some of these are interruptions resulting in less time to complete their work, being short staffed, frequently taking students, leadership and management styles within the work environment, professional conflict and always the emotional stress of caring for others being the main stressor. This study showed that nurses' stress levels decreased while receiving Reiki treatments. Yes, Reiki does work!

Cuneo, C.L., Cooper, M.R.C., Drew, C.S., Nauom-Heffernan, C., Sherman, T., Walz, K., & Weinberg, J. (2011). The effect of Reiki on work-related stress of the registered nurse. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 29(1), 33-43.

International Center for Reiki Training. (2013). Retrieved from

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