What is Reiki?
- Reiki means universal life force energy, or Chi.
- Reiki is a Japanese light-touch, energy based modality
- During reiki the practitioner supports a reestablishment of a natural energy flow throughout the client’s body.
- Reiki is said to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities (Canadian Reiki Association).
What to Expect in a Reiki Session
- Reiki involves energy healing facilitated by the practitioner through the use of hand positions over the head, front or back of the body and legs.
- Reiki is completed with the client fully clothed in a seated or lying position
- A session can be between 30 to 60 minutes in length
- It is recommended a client ensure they are hydrated (drink lots of water before/after a reiki session).
Benefits of Reiki include:
- Stress reduction and feelings of relaxation
- Relief during emotional distress and sorrow
- Balancing the mind and emotions
- Pain Relief from migraine, arthritis, sciatica
- Speeds up recovery from surgery or long-term illness
- Aids better sleep
Research Supporting Reiki Healing
- Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital (MRRH) is a community based hospital in North Toronto with a 15 bed inpatient palliative care unit. In 2010 the MRRH Foundation funded an integrated complementary therapy pilot program. This program offered aromatherapy, massage, reiki and Therapeutic Touch.
- Berger, Tavares & Berger (2013) found that patients in this program reported a decrease in pain, discomfort, restlessness, tension, anxiety and feelings of depression. They also expressed an increase in feelings of inner stillness/peace.
- Wardell & Engebretson (2001) studies the effects of reiki on a sample of 23 health subjects.
- Results found that anxiety was significantly reduced (as measured by biochemical and physiological changes).
- In a study by Shore (2004) Reiki was found to reduce symptoms of hopelessness, depression and stress. Moreover, the effects were found to last at least a year after six hours of treatment.