Reiki Energy Work
by Reiki Master Beth Mulholland
One Hour $65
Half Hour $50
Reiki (霊気) is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, which since has been adapted by various teachers of varying traditions, classified as oriental medicine
There are two main branches of Reiki, commonly referred to as Traditional Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki. Both branches have a three-tiered hierarchy of degrees, usually referred to as the First, Second, and Master/Teacher level, all of which are associated with different skills and techniques.
While not strictly under the auspices of massage, Reiki is nevertheless often practiced in conjunction with bodywork. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words - rei, meaning higher power or universal force, and ki, meaning life energy. Loosely translated, Reiki means universal or spiritually-guided life-force energy.
Practiced for thousands of years throughout Japan, China, Tibet and other Asian nations, Reiki was "rediscovered" in the late 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Buddhist monk and educator, who used the therapy. In the 1930s, a Japanese-American woman, Hawayo Takata, brought Reiki to the West after she learned the practice from a Reiki master in Japan. Today, Reiki is used as a method of healing illness and reducing stress through light touch or, more commonly, by placing the hands near or above the body in specific positions or patterns. Through these positions, a Reiki practitioner can correct energetic imbalances in the body, improving health and restoring a person's energy levels.
Update on Hospital-Based Reiki and Documentation
Many hospitals across the United States are offering Reiki to their patients. It is being used pre- and postoperatively to reduce anxiety and accelerate healing. It is being recommended to cardiac patients and to those with stress-related pathologies such as high blood pressure.
Many doctors and nurses who are receiving attunements and using Reiki on their patients. Hospitals across the United States are beginning to include Reiki in their treatment options. Often nurses are used to administer this technique, but massage therapists are used as well.
As time goes on and more empirical evidence is gathered, Reiki is gaining popularity in hospitals. At least 70 hospitals in the U.S. are now either using or studying the use of Reiki with their patients, including the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center.
Hospitals are finding that Reiki sessions cause patients to heal faster and have less pain. Patients having surgery ask for Reiki before the operation and during recovery. It was been used in hospital operating rooms as early as the mid 1990s and has grown exponentially since then. At Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center and Hospital in New York City, at least six doctors and 25 nurses have taken Reiki training. A survey in 2007 indicated that about 15 percent (over 800) of U.S. hospitals were offering Reiki as a regular part of patient services.
Reiki Studies Show Positive Results
A study conducted at the Hartford Hospital in Connecticut showed that patients receiving Reiki have an 86 percent improvement in sleep, a 78 percent reduction in pain, reduced nausea by 80 percent and a 94 percent reduction in anxiety during pregnancy.
At Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center a Reiki practitioner assisted in 11 heart surgeries including heart transplants. None of the patients experienced the usual postoperative pain, leg weakness, depression or organ rejection.
The Center for Reiki Research (CRR) currently has 33 studies of evidence-based research summaries available. The overall results show strong indications of Reiki being highly effective in reducing stress as well as offering a significant reduction in anxiety and pain in chronically ill patients. High stress levels cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Stress can also cause an increase in pain levels. Reiki has been shown to counter this by activating the parasympathetic system, or vagal nerves, which in turn helps the body to relax.