Reiki (ray-key) is an ancient Japanese healing art that describes a system of tapping into universal life energy through a laying-on-of-hands. The Reiki practitioner acts as a conduit to facilitate this flow of energy and transmitting it through light touch. Reiki treatments are gently balancing and support the well-being of the recipient in a holistic and individualistic way.
The Benefits of Reiki
Relaxation, pain relief, physical healing, and reduced emotional distress are among the benefits attributed to Reiki. This safe and gentle hands-on healing practice was established by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan and was introduced to the western world in 1980. Since then, Reiki has blossomed all over the world. It has become adaptable in a variety of settings, including the hospital environment where it is utilized to help patients recover from pre- and post-operative stress anxiety.
A Yale University Study
A Yale University research study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology demonstrated that Reiki can benefit heart attack patients. The results showed that Reiki improved the emotional state of patients, thereby improving the quality of recovery and reducing the risk of a second heart attack. The Reiki treatments improved heart rate variability (HRV). Beta blockers are typically used to increase HRV, but they are not tolerated well by some patients. The benefit of the Reiki treatments was comparable to using beta blockers.
Reiki in Mainstream Healthcare
Nurses in Massachusetts are allowed to give Reiki per the Board of Registration in the Nursing’s Advisory Ruling on Complementary Therapies. Reiki is now being offered in the following healthcare facilities in Boston, Massachusetts:
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Massachusetts General Hospital
Reiki can benefit people of any age, background, or state of health. Reiki facilitates a deep state of relaxation. It can be used to manage stress and promote well-being. It has become adaptable in a variety of settings, including the clinical environment. Reiki’s current use in mainstream healthcare facilities complements the traditional allopathic healthcare treatments.
The author, Susan Kapatoes MHA, is the founder of Inspire Your Journey, a health and wellness company. Services include a BEMER Rental Program, Wearable Health Technology, and Amare Global nutrition products. She lives in Massachusetts.
Friedman, R. S., Burg, M. M., Miles, P., Lee, F., & Lampert, R. (2010). Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 56(12), 995-996. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2010.03.082
Yale Research Shows Breakthrough Treatment for Heart Patients. (October 2010). Retrieved February 21, 2018, from https://www.newswire.com/yale-research-shows-breakthrough/66374