Use Reiki Hands on Healing to Manage Pain, Stress + Anxiety
Over the years I have been practicing Reiki the most common question I’m asked about Reiki is ‘What is it?’
Here’s the quickest answer:
The simplest of therapies bringing the most profound results. Reiki is Hands-on Healing.
But that isn’t enough, so here’s a little more Reiki info. Including how it’s been tested and used.
Reiki is an ancient natural healing art and a touch healing system using ‘laying-on of hands’. Hands on Healing! It’s truly holistic. Reiki healing sessions promote healing on all levels. Body, mind, emotions and spirit.
The Reiki system of ‘laying-on of hands’ is documented as discovered and practiced in Japan in the mid-1800s. Although it is commonly believed to be traced back to early Tibetan teachings from around 3000BCE.
In addition, many believe Buddha and Jesus Christ used this healing method.
Reiki does not conflict with other health care! In fact, it enhances its results. It does not interfere with traditional medical treatment. Instead Reiki facilitates the benefits. And speeds the recovery from any toxic side effects of drugs or surgeries.
It also is used in conjunction with other complementary healing modalities. As well as preventative, for maintenance of health and well-being.
For some time, scientific studies have been conducted in the area of laying-on of hands, However, proven clinically validated studies are limited.
The most well known Reiki study was conducted in 1997 by Karin Olson, RN, PhD, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The purpose of the study was to explore the usefulness of Reiki as an adjuvant to opioid therapy in the management of pain.
So, a pilot study was conducted involving 20 volunteers experiencing pain at 55 sites for a variety of reasons, including cancer. A highly significant reduction in pain was indicated following the Reiki treatment. (1)
Little traditional scientific evidence exists. However, Dr. John Zimmerman of the University of Colorado has established that magnetic fields around the hands of healers are up to several hundred times stronger than those fields around non-healers. A superconducting quantum interference device was used to test. (2)
Reiki is completely safe.
There is no danger involved in using or receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki has no contraindications. And it has been shown to be effective in cases when there is no belief in it.
That’s right, the recipient does not have to believe in Reiki for it to work. The recipient only has to be open to receive a treatment. That said, the only guarantee that can be made for a Reiki session is that stress + anxiety will be lessened.
Testimonials are personal, varying with people from slight improvement in disease symptoms to complete wellness. Using Reiki is a highly personal experience.
Reiki is often used for self-help.
The first degree or first level of training is primarily for personal use. And usually Reiki is learned first and foremost for yourself.
When going to see a professional therapist you can expect to lie on a massage-type table for anything from around 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Reiki therapists learn a series of hand positions which cover the entire body, both front and back. However a skilled therapist may use their own stylized set of hand placements. As well as make intuitive adjustments to personalize your treatment.
Clothing stays on. You may be asked to take off your belt or unbutton a tight collar. But that’s all. And you will not be touched inappropriately. A reputable therapist will never make you feel uncomfortable.
You will enter a state of deep relaxation comparable to a meditative or day-dreaming state. Also, you may have sensations of tingling and pleasant dream-like impressions. And many see floating balls of color in their mind’s eye!
Reiki is not regulated anywhere in the world.
However there have been attempts to regulate. These are voluntary and there is a general consensus in freedom in the training and practicing process.
Referrals are therefore the most effective way to find a trained + reputable practitioner. Ask around. Your friends. In local holistic communities, like the health food store.
Many who call themselves Reiki Masters and teach others have taken ‘quickie’ courses. This of course makes them inexperienced and not knowledgeable in the therapy. Accordingly, it is customary to ask therapists how long they have practiced and what other qualifications they bring to their practice.
Because Reiki is used in conjunction with numerous healing modalities, Reiki Therapists often trained in other therapies. This can be very useful is assisting patients through the healing process.