Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing, both emotional and physical. Reiki is administered as “laying on hands” and techniques such as this have been practiced for thousands of years. The general meaning of Rei is universal and the word Ki means life energy. This is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. As long as something is alive, it has life energy circulating through it and surrounding it. When it dies, the life energy departs. If your life energy is low, or if there is a restriction in its flow, you will be more vulnerable to illness. When it is high and flowing freely, you are less likely to get sick. Ki is also the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts, and spiritual life.
Reiki is both powerful and gentle. In its long history of use it has aided in helping to heal virtually every known illness and injury including life threatening problems like multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer as well as skin problems, cuts, bruises, broken bones, headaches, colds, flu, sore throat, sunburn, fatigue, insomnia, and impotence. It is also beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy.
Reiki works in harmony with all other kinds of treatment including medical and psychological care. In fact, Reiki is integrated into regular patient care in over 800 hospitals across the United States. It is offered in all Stanford facilities including operating rooms and intensive care units. Reiki decreases recovery time from surgery, improves mental attitude, and reduces unwanted side effects of medications including chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical procedures.
A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut indicates that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86 percent, reduced pain by 78 percent, reduced nausea by 80 percent, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94 percent.
There are now some surgeons that will not start their surgery until the reiki practitioner is in the operating room because they have seen a difference in the healing of their patients as well as their own energy, attitude and overall calm as well as those assisting in the operation. Everything is energy. It makes perfect sense that energy work would be effective.