Reiki is Healing Patients Through Relaxation and Stress Reduction
The Healing Power of Reiki
Dr. Oz Talks About Reiki
Dr. Memet Oz was one of the first surgeons to allow Reiki to be performed in his operating room in the late 1990s. When I tell my Reiki students and clients about this, I kid them that I knew about Dr. Oz way before Oprah did! The following YouTube video and article on the International Association of Reiki Practitioners site chronicles Dr. Oz and his longtime relationship with Reiki:
Reiki in Hospitals
Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire has provided over 8,000 Reiki treatments since 1995. This highly successful Reiki program offers Reiki in every department of the hospital.
It helps them relax, and that can be a true gift to patients who are terrified of the cancer diagnosis they have received, or are so anxious about their upcoming heart surgery that they haven’t slept for days. And that’s really what hospital-based Reiki is all about, says Ana Drexler, RN, director of Integrative Care at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. “The Reiki we provide in the hospital is primarily for relaxation and stress reduction,” which has been proven to lessen pain and improve healing by boosting the immune system while also lowering blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones, says Drexler.
Northern Westchester Hospital offers Integrative medicine — like aromatherapy, acupuncture, Reiki and guided imagery — are offered in conjunction with traditional medicine. …Read more in NY Times Reiki story
Reiki clinic at MetroHealth offers an alternative to conventional therapy
In a darkened room, used normally for chemotherapy, Reiki practitioner Anita Hayes works on client Fran Gonzalez. Many people, like Gonzalez, choose Reiki to relieve stress. “Reiki really helps to focus your mind, body, spirit and soul,” she says.
The door closes. Shoes come off. Rolled-up towels go under the knees, soft pillows under the head. The clatter and conversations of the hospital fade away against a backdrop of delicate, harp like music and the sound of bubbling water.
The room is otherwise still and quiet as Reiki practitioners, one at either end of each table, lightly lay their hands on their clients’ bodies: the neck, the collarbones, the forehead, the solar plexus, the instep.
A half-hour later, the clients of Hands to Heart Reiki Clinic emerge into the bright fluorescence of the MetroHealth Medical Center hallway feeling refreshed, relaxed and, for some, pain-free. . . . .
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The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM is the center in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that studies the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative therapies such as Reiki. Reiki has been use at NIH’s Palliative Care Unit since 2000.
Read more at http://nccam.nih.gov/health/reiki/
Reiki has become so popular that it has been reported in the mainstream media:
Newsweek – The Healing Power of Reiki:
ABC reports on Reiki:
Benefits of Reiki in Sports
When in Pain, PGA Tour Players Turn to Healer
The most sought after guru at the 89th P.G.A. Championship… Weathers, 46, practices Reiki — a Japanese technique that channels energy to heal and reduce stress — and uses other Eastern techniques in treating clients. After two decades working in various sports, including Indy car racing, rodeo and the professional water ski tour, he met the PGA Tour player Ted Purdy five years ago at a motivational seminar in San Antonio and has been a fixture on the Tour since. In 2003, Jerry Kelly, a two-time PGA Tour winner, sought out Weathers at a tournament because he was experiencing pain in a shoulder joint.