Guest Author - Carolyn Chambers Clark, RN, EdD
What is Reiki?
Reiki, pronounce "ray-key" comes from two Japanese words. Rei means universal, and ki means the force energy. Reiki is a nondenominational healing practice that originated as Tibetan Buddhist practice. Reiki was rediscovered in the late 1800s by a Christian teacher, Mikao Usui who opened a reiki school in Tokyo in 1922.
Reiki practitioners believe if the "ki" or life force is low, you are more susceptible to illness. If the ki is high, resistance to illness is high.
What is the reiki philosophy?
The reiki philosophy is:
"Just for today, I will not be angry."
"Just for today, I will not worry."
"Just for today, I will do my work honestly."
"Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing."
"Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings."
What are the contraindications for reiki?
Reiki is safe for everyone.
What are the benefits of reiki?
* Reiki supports and accelerates your body's natural healing powers. It's calming, soothing, nurturing, and comforting, which makes it ideal for babies, children and adults.
* Reiki can relieve the mental, emotional, and spiritual distress that accompanies illness and hospitalization.
* Patients of nurses who are reiki practitioners often report less pain and anxiety, require less medication, have fewer complications, and recover more quickly.
* Reiki can ease the dying process for hospice patients. It relieves pain, nausea and other areas of distress
* Reiki can reduce stress and pain, keep tissue damage to a minimum and prevent or lessen swelling, blistering and bleeding.
Is there any research to back up the benefits of reiki?
Descriptive studies have shown an increase in the electromagnetic energy field of the reiki health and the recipient of treatment. Illustrations of this phenomena have been illustrated using Kirlian photography. Like traditions of energy healing have allowed measurement of brain activity in both the send and receiver through electro-encephalography. Results have illustrated a consistent decrease in the levels of anxiety and increase in levels of calmness. The effectiveness of natural killer cells in the immune system of the receiver have been shown to increase with regular use of reiki practice.
What does a reiki practitioner do?
Reiki is a laying on of hands procedure. A Reiki practitioner will either place hands above your body or lay hands on you. You can do Reiki yourself, once you learn the procedure.
What is a reiki session like?
A reiki session lasts about an hour. During that time, you may wear comfortable clothing, lie on a table and be covered with a sheet or blanket while the practitioner works on you.
A reiki practitioner will "rearrange" the flow of energy inside your body, cleanse blockages, and bring help to needed areas, and "pull" energy from outside, by resting hands above or on your body.
The healer never tires because she receives energy through the crown of the head and allows it to flow through her body and into her hands and to the recipient. The thumb and fingers are always held close together to link energy. A meditation asking for openness to heal is used, and the healer may enter a meditative state to focus on the areas that need to be healed. Then the healer holds her hands for 5 minutes over the eyes, sides and then back of head, throat, chest, solar plexus, pelvis, pubic region, knees, feet and back.
What happens after a Reiki session?
You may fall asleep, you're so relaxed after a Reiki session. It's best to take your time getting up and drink plenty of water.
How can you find a reiki practitioner?
Contact Healing Touch Therapies at (610) 566-5669 or e-mail Marion Yaglinski, Reiki Master teacher/practitioner at KarunaRN@aol.com or visit the RN Reiki Connection web site at http://members.aol.com/KarunaRN.
Carolyn Chambers Clark, "Reiki," in Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice, New York: Springer, 1999, pp. 467-468.
Christina Harper, "With reiki, the (life) force is with you." Sun Herald, March 9, 2001, p. 9.
Linda Hein, "Reiki: History and theory," in C.C. Clark (Ed) Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice, New York: Springer, 1999, pp. 468-469.
Marion Yaglinski, RN, "Nurses discover reiki," Nursing Spectrum, May 17, 1999, p. 9.