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..
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.
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
■ Anne Vitale, MSN, APRN,BC
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
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
investigations using Reiki for effects on stress, relaxation, depression, pain, and wound healing
among others is reviewed and summarized. A summary of Reiki studies table illustrates the study
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.
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
environmental energetic ﬁelds and a mind-body-spirit connection.
Energetic balance or harmony involves biopsychosocial and spiritual integration, commonly expressed as
This concept serves as a major foundation for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) energy work.
link below for full article:
An Integrative Review of Reiki Touch Therapy Research Anne Vitale, MSN, APRN,BC
Enhancing Nursing Practice with Reiki
by Kathie Lipinski,
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.
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
dis-ease that the nurse can share with
the client to gain understanding or
fits with the nurses’
role of helping a person to understand
and learn more about their health or
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.
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.
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
to change and expand,
Reiki is there to assist
Reiki assists nurses in
caring for themselves
and restores their energies
so they can continue
to give of themselves
in their role as health
Nurses who practice Reiki
in the unique
position to combine both
Reiki and their strong
medical knowledge to
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).
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
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.
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Reiki for the Recovering Alcoholic and Addict
by Rev. Lynette
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
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.