Reiki (ray-key) is a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing and a positive feeling of spiritual and physical renewal. This practice was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in early 20th century Japan and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.
Reiki is open to people with any belief system and its benefits may include deep relaxation and the promotion of a calm and a peaceful sense of wellbeing. The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies comfortably on a bed, couch, or sits on a chair. The practitioner gently places their hands, non-intrusively, on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. Reiki can be used on the person as a whole, or on specific parts of the body.
There is a significant body of evidence which suggests Reiki’s positive effects for the relief of stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, chronic and acute pain. By helping to promote relaxation and improve sleep, Reiki may help to support the immune system.
Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and helps to provide support during recovery. This is often one of its most welcome benefits in medical settings.
Literature: Baldwin, A (2020) Reiki in Clinical Practice: A Science-based Guide. Handspring Publishing. For further details and references: https://www.reikiwithmedicine.org/research/.
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