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In response to consumer demands, there is growing interest among nurses and other healthcare providers in energy work. Nursing has been dedicated throughout its history to addressing the physical, spiritual and psychological  aspects of the patient that influence the healing process. Current nursing practice in acute care is focused increasingly on the more technical needs of the patient`s recovery..
There is less and less time for the   deeper human that creates a healing trust between the nurse and the one who is ill and suffering. Reiki  provides a wonderful solution to this concern. Not only does it facilitate nurse-patient relationship, but increasingly Nurses train in Reiki for self treatment. Working in a fast paced, and yet people orientated environment leaves nurses wide open to stress. 
 When Nurses  begin their shift with 5 minutes of Reiki it centres them and so allowing Nurses to feel more resourceful and deliberate in their interaction with patients.  Reiki can be offered alongside settling a patient in for example. It takes no more time and benefits the patient, benefits the Nurse … and has the added benefit of establishing a human element to the hospital procedure that will be uppermost in the patients mind. 
A few minutes Reiki connection at this point is gives so much reassurance to the patient.   The knock on effect is tremendous. The Nurse patient relationship is established on a nurturing footing, and the recovery period is reduced when the patient feels relaxed and acknowledged as a person rather than just a body..  
This gives added job satisfaction to Nurses – after all it was a major reason for them choosing Nursing as a profession – to care for individuals.

An Integrative Review of Reiki Touch Therapy Research
■ Anne Vitale, MSN, APRN,BC

Reiki touch therapy is a complementary biofield energy therapy that involves the use of hands to help strengthen
the body's ability to heal. There is growing interest among nurses to use Reiki in patient care and as a self-care
treatment, however, with little supportive empirical research and evidence to substantiate these practices. The
purpose of this integrative review is to begin the systematic process of evaluating the findings of published Reiki
Selected investigations using Reiki for effects on stress, relaxation, depression, pain, and wound healing
management, among others is reviewed and summarized. A summary of Reiki studies table illustrates the study
descriptions and Reiki treatment protocols specified in the investigations. Synthesis of findings for clinical practice
and implications for future research are explored.
Reiki is an energy-based touch therapy that provides a means for life force energy, or Chi, to recharge, realign,
and rebalance the human energy fields, creating optimal conditions needed by the body's natural healing system.1-3 Reiki,
similar to other touch therapies, such as therapeutic touch (TT) and healing touch (HT) involves the use of energy directed
by the practitioner's hands to strengthen the body's ability to heal, inspiring balance, and involves a mind-body connection.
Reiki is the Japanese term for universal life energy, a visible and palpable life force energy that infuses and permeates
all living forms; a vibrational, pulsating universal energy.3-6 According to Engebretson and Wardell,7 among others,
all touch therapies share a common similarity, that is, an underpinning to Eastern ideology and philosophy.
These values are consistent with the belief that the human body needs a continuous flow of life force energy for
sustained health and wellness. It is also believed that health and healing involve the integration of the human and
environmental energetic fields and a mind-body-spirit connection.
Energetic balance or harmony involves biopsychosocial and spiritual integration, commonly expressed as physical and
spiritual healing. This concept serves as a major foundation for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) energy work.
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An Integrative Review of Reiki Touch Therapy Research Anne Vitale, MSN, APRN,BC

Enhancing Nursing Practice with Reiki

by Kathie Lipinski, RN, MSN

Reiki enhances both nursing care and judgement in a hospital, private practice, administrative, managed or home care setting.
Nurses have always been known to have a sixth sense or what many refer to as "Nurses’ Intuition."  It is that ability to "know" when to check on a patient, to call a family when a patient is not doing well, to have a doctor recheck a patient, to call or visit a home care client when a visit wasn’t planned "just because" you had a feeling, or recheck paperwork. This subtle energy phenomenon is known to Nurses as the "Human Energy Field".      
Nurses who are attuned to Reiki report that it heightens this awareness.  

Deeper Awareness

Reiki training enhances this ability to
"know" or "sense" things or be more aware of subtle signs.

It helps one to become more aware of
the emotional or spiritual component of
dis-ease that the nurse can share with
the client to gain understanding or

This insight fits with the nurses’
role of helping a person to understand
and learn more about their health or
illness and to provide guidance to change
behaviour and increase awareness.

Reiki training makes a nurse more aware
of subtle energies – physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual.

Nurses Self Care

An important benefit of Reiki is the self-care aspect. With all the energies that a nurse has to give in caring for others, a nurse often suffers "burn out." 

Reiki is an excellent way for nurses to take care of themselves and restore their energy and avoid depletion.

Administrative Stress

Nurses in administrative or management positions use Reiki when doing stressful tasks such as staffing, counseling, and reviewing employees.

Reiki calms the situation, and creates a more receptive state and clearer thinking. Some managers and staff give themselves Reiki before and during a staff meeting and find the meeting goes smoother.


As nurses’ roles continue
to change and expand,
Reiki is there to assist
in their
professional development.

Reiki assists nurses in
caring for themselves
and restores their energies
so they can continue
to give of themselves
in their role as health
care advocates.

Nurses who practice Reiki
are in the unique
position to combine both
Reiki and their strong
medical knowledge to
help clients
and improve the
health care system.


Always a Way

Emergency room nurses use Reiki to calm patients down quickly and to be more open to treatment. They find that Reiki also calms down family members.

Dr. Nancy Eos explains in her book "Reiki and Medicine" how she uses Reiki to help her decide which person needs to be seen first (triage).

Home care nurses use Reiki in physical and psychological assessments, changing dressings, paper work, health care teaching and working with family members.

Recovery room nurses report using Reiki over the incision site of painful areas and find patients have an easier time waking up or recovering from anesthesia and surgical trauma.

Nurses in private practice tell me how Reiki enhances their hypnotherapy skills, guided imagery exercises, their work in Labour and Delivery, and massage sessions, etc

Others give their patients Reiki while taking their blood pressure or pulse. The patient’s often reply that they feel "something special" or feel more relaxed.

It is amazing what just a few minutes of Reiki can do.

Reiki Council Video

Reiki for the Recovering Alcoholic and Addict 

by Rev. Lynette Burkert

Withdrawal from chemical dependency is extremely stressful, both physically and emotionally. Symptoms include muscle pain, bone aches, headaches, vomiting, the shakes, cravings, sleep disorders, loss of appetite and extreme moodiness. I quickly discovered that Reiki was very helpful in relieving the physical symptoms, and in calming the body and mind. New clients were often understandably reluctant to participate in the Reiki session, as they usually had trust issues.

However, within a half an hour the calming effect of Reiki greatly reduced or eliminated their shakes. Furthermore, once the shakes stopped, they did not return. I would then continue to administer Reiki, focusing my consciousness on the client's sense of calmness, peace and safety. Once the body felt safe and supported, it seemed to release the sense of panic and trauma that accompanies withdrawal symptoms.

I observed that these clients, who usually suffered from anger and shame issues, were beginning to behave more gently, openly and compassionately once they experienced Reiki. The staff also reported that clients who received Reiki appeared to become calmer and were less likely to have destructive emotional outbursts. The more Reiki they received, the more centered they became.

Reiki and Unconditional Love
Many clients claimed that the first time they ever felt unconditionally loved was during a Reiki session. Clients often cried during Reiki, and this too helped release built-up stress in the body and psyche.

Clients also commented that their Reiki sessions were their first experience of being touched lovingly without someone wanting something from them. Many addicts have been physically and/or sexually abused.  Experiencing such softness and care allowed them to release the tension that resulted from their desire to protect themselves from further abuse.

Many of these clients experienced peace in their lives for the first time. Emotional healing was aided in another way. Occasionally, when placing my hands on the different Reiki positions, a client would remember past trauma.

Because of the calming effect of Reiki, the client would remember an incident without experiencing the original pain. This allowed the client to become an observer instead of a participant in the trauma, which helped the client see more clearly how past behaviours or unresolved issues could lead to relapse, and helped the client to address such issues without being blocked by fear.

Many of the clients I worked with had been through chemical dependency treatment a number of times. Their ability to stay clean and sober was inhibited, in part, by their carrying unresolved issues and repressed feelings.  Clients were often seeking some way to access whatever it was that kept them in a state of denial. This process was a valuable tool in breaking through the walls that kept them from understanding themselves.


You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
                   Mahatma Gandhi(1869-1948)