The word 'Reiki' (pronounced ray-key) comes from the Japanese and is usually translated as 'universal life force energy'. Reiki is a natural form of healing that works energetically, encouraging our own life force to flow more freely, and promoting a healthy balance in our mind-body system. This energy is channelled through the therapist and received as a natural healing force, naturally working on blockages as it moves through the system. It is not a miracle cure; however, it can be helpful in conditions ranging through anxiety, blood pressure, diabetes, pain, depression and disease, it induces relaxation, improves fatigue and strengthens overall wellbeing. help calm the mind and open the heart, it can help to bring about changes in beliefs.
Reiki is a non-intrusive treatment, and a useful complement to other therapies as well as in its own right. I work off the body so no touch is involved. This makes no difference to the treatment or the energy you will receive, as energy is always channelled to the area its most needed in your system. You might experience a sensation of heat in parts of the body as the energy moves through.
Reiki works at a quantum level, and is currently subject to increasing research and hypotheses about how it works, mainly conducted in the United States. Numerous publications now refer to its efficacy. See the Reiki Research page for some of the publications and topics relevant to Reiki. The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (USA) has completed studies looking at Reikis ability to benefit people with diabetes, advanced AIDS, prostate cancer, fibromyalgia and stress. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews contains a review on the use of touch therapies (including Reiki) for pain and a protocol for use of Reiki for psychological symptoms.
I have no need to know why you have come for treatment if you prefer not to tell me, though if you have physical problems you might want to describe these, its entirely up to you. Do ring or e-mail me for further information.
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Research and Reiki
Research into Reiki is still in its infancy, and most of it originates in the United States where Reiki has been increasingly offered as part of workplace wellness programs to address burnout and improve skills in healthcare and other industries, as well as in university wellness centres.
Assefi, N., Bogart, A., Goldberg, J., & Buchwald, D. (2008). Reiki for the treatment of fibromyalgia: A randomized controlled trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14(9), 1115-1122.
Baldwin, A., Vitale, A., Brownell, E., Scicinski, J., Kearns, M., & Rand, W. (2010). The touchstone process: An ongoing critical evaluation of Reiki in the scientific literature. Holistic Nursing Practice, 24(5), 260-276.
Bossi, L.M., Ott, M.J., DeCristofaro, S. (2008). Reiki as a clinical intervention in oncology nursing practice. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 12(3), 489-94.
Bowden, D., Goddard, L., & Gruzeliei (2011). Reiki reduces anxiety, depression. Massage Magazine, 184, 77.
Brathovde, A. (2006). A pilot study: Reiki for self-care of nurses and healthcare providers. Holistic Nursing Practice, 20(2), 95-101.
Cuneo, C.L., Cooper, C., Drew, C.S., Naoum-Heffernan, C., Sherman, T., Walz, K., & Weinberg, J. (2011). The effect of Reiki on work-related stress of the registered nurse. The Journal of Holistic Nursing, 29(1), 33-43.
Diaz-Rodriguez, L., Arroyo-Morales, M, Fernandez-de-las-Penaz, C., Garcia-Royo, C., & Tomas-Rojas, I. (2011). Immediate effects of Reiki on heart rate variability, cortisol levels, and body temperature in health care professionals with burnout. Biological Research for Nursing, 13(4), 376-382.
Jain, S., & Mills, P.J. (2009). Biofield therapies: Helpful or full of hype? A best evidence synthesis. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17(1), 1-16.
Joyce, J. & Herbison, G.P. (2009). Reiki treatment for psychological symptoms [Intervention Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 4.
Kryac, E. & Vitale, A. (2011). Reiki and its journey into a hospital setting. Holistic Nursing Practice. 25(5), 238-245.
Lee, M.S., Pittler, M.H., & Ernst, E. (2008). Effects of Reiki in clinical practice: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 62(6), 947-954.
Mackay, N., Hansen, S., McFarlane, O. (2004). Autonomic nervous systems during Reiki treatment: a preliminary study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 10(6), 1077-81.
Mansour, A.A., Beuche, M., Laing, G., Leis, A., & Nurse, J. (1999). A study to test the effectiveness of placebo Reiki standardization procedures developed for a planned Reiki efficacy study. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 5(2), 153-164.
Meland, B. (2009). Effects of Reiki on pain and anxiety in the elderly diagnosed with dementia: A series of case reports. Alternative Therapies, 15 (4), 56-57.
Miles, P., True, G. (2003). Reiki-Review of a Biofield Therapy: History, theory, practice and research. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 9(2), 62-72: http://www.reikiinmedicine.org/pdf/alt_therapies_reiki.pdf.
Miles, P. (2007). Reiki for Support of Cancer Patients. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, 22(2), 20-26: http://www.advancesjournal.com/adv/web_pdfs/miles.pdf.
Miles, P. (2003). Preliminary report on the use of Reiki for HIV-related pain and anxiety. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 9(2), 36: http://www.reikiinmedicine.org/pdf/research_letter.pdf.
NCCAM listing of Reiki research studies. Retrieved March 23, 2007 from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/reiki/#13.
Olson, K., Hanson, J., Michaud, M. (2003). A Phrase II trail of Reiki for the management of pain in advanced cancer patients. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. 26 (5), 990-97.
Pocotte, S.L. & Salvador, D. (2008). Clinical consultation: Reiki as a rehabilitative nursing intervention for pain management: A case study. Rehabilitation Nursing, 33(6), 231-232.
Raingruber, B., Robinson, C. (2007). The Effectiveness of Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, and Reiki Healing Sessions in Promoting Health and Enhancing Problem Solving Abilities of Registered Nurses. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28 (10), 1141-1155.
Richeson, N., Spross, J., Lutz, K., & Peng, C. (2010). Effects of Reiki on anxiety, depression, pain, and physiologic factors in community-dwelling older adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 3(3), 187-199.
Shore, A.G. (2004). Long-term effects of energetic healing on symptoms of psychological depression and self-perceived stress. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 10(3), 42-48.
Schwartz, G., Russek, L. (1997). Dynamical Energy Systems and Modern Physics: Fostering the Science and Spirit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 3(3), 46-56.
So, P.S., Jiang, Y. ,& Qin, Y. (2008). Touch therapies for pain relief in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
Swann, J. (2009). An introduction to Reiki as an alternative therapy in care homes. Nursing and Residential Care, 11(1), 31-34.
Thomas, T. (2005). Reiki adds a new dimension to the term "quality of life" in the nursing home community. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, Fall, 43-48.
Toms, R. (2011). Reiki therapy: A nursing intervention for critical care. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 34(3), 213-217.
Tsang, K., Carlson, L. (2007). Pilot Crossover Trial of Reiki Versus Rest for Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 6(1), 25-35.
VanderVaart, S., Gijsen, V.M., de Wildt, S.N., & Koren, G. (2009). A systematic review of the therapeutic effects of Reiki. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15(11), 1157-1169.
Vitale A., O'Connor, P.C. (2006). The effect of Reiki on pain and anxiety in women with abdominal hysterectomies: A quasi-experimental pilot study. Holistic Nursing Practice, 20(6), 263-272.
Wardell, D.W., Engebretson, J. (2001). Biological correlates of Reiki touch healing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 33(4), 439-45.