Reiki as a healing modality – and what the science has to say about it

Reiki is an eastern based energy healing treatment that works holistically with the mind, body and spirit to generate healing within the patient. Reiki isn’t associated with any particular religion, it’s merely the transference of life force energy from the practitioner into the recipient, with the intent of relieving stress, clearing emotional blockages and accelerating healing. images

There has been much debate over the years as to the actual benefit and scientific validity of Reiki as a treatment practice, but in recent years there are more and more reputable medical facilities offering this as a complementary treatment to patients including Sir Charles Gairdiner Hospital and Solariscare Foundation Cancer Support Centre amongst many others. In America, there are over 800 hospitals that offer free Reiki education as a means to accelerate the healing process and help relieve pain.

imgresOne of the key reasons Reiki has been discounted in the past is the premise that there is a life-force energy which surrounds our physical body, and this energy, called Chi in China, ki in Japan and prana in India, were “unseen” and therefore immeasurable by traditional scientific instruments. Of course, now, all that is changing with a deeper understanding of quantum physics supporting the understanding of energy fields around physical objects including the human body.

There is now a growing body of evidence which supports the effectiveness of Reiki in accelerating the healing process, and acting as a form of pain relief when used as a complementary therapy. Case studies conducted in 2008-09 show strong evidence of a positive biological response to Reiki in humans and animals. In 2011, Diaz-Rodriguez et al conducted a study of the effects of Reiki on heart rate variability and cortisol levels in a peer-reviewed paper which supports the effectiveness of Reiki on the parasympathetic nervous system.

If you are interested in trying out this healing method to see how it works, contact me to book an appointment.



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