Reiki practiced in hospitals

Simply stated, Reiki is an energy healing modality. The Practitioner channels “universal life-force energy” (Reiki) through their hands to the recipient. The ‘simplicity’ is why many initially may dismiss Reiki as flaky. Those who have experienced its positive effects insist Reiki is, indeed, the real deal. As with most controversial topics, there will never be a collectively definitive answer.

There is, however, no denying the swiftly swelling numbers of many of the world's most venerable and leading-edge hospitals and clinics incorporating Reiki Therapy into their Integrative and Complementary Patient Care Programs.

With an impressive roster of esteemed hospitals offering Reiki treatments including, but certainly not limited to, Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Ottawa Integrated Cancer Centre, The Princess Margaret Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York University Medical Centre, there must be compelling evidence of and merit to the positive beneficial effects of Reiki treatments.

The Cleveland Clinic website eloquently informs, Reiki is “A method of healing that involves balancing and restoring the body's natural energies for the purposes of increasing vitality, balancing emotions, and improving health.”

In regard to the conditions Reiki can treat, the website explains, “Reiki is not specific to any particular type of disease or condition. Because it works on the entire self, mind, body and emotions - it may be successful in all types of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.

Reiki practitioners in our Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine help patients to prepare for surgery, which may help boost recovery afterward. Our Reiki practitioners see patients for the following conditions, among others: Cancer, Chronic pain, Infertility, Digestive problems, Parkinson’s disease, Stress-related diseases, Psychological illnesses."

In addition to the aforementioned list of conditions treated in hospital, Reiki is used for post heart attack and stroke, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Alzheimer's, on babies in neonatal wards and, well, the list is endless.

Some of the numerous benefits of receiving Reiki include initiating the relaxation response, thus leading to a reduction in anxiety and stress and to the promotion of a sound, restful sleep (often during treatment) for a few days following receiving a treatment.  Reiki is known to reduce or completely remove physical pain; it supports the immune system, contributes to feeling grounded and to a sense of overall well-being.

It is important to note here that Reiki is not intended to replace necessary medical protocols. Reiki is a therapy that many include as part of their self-care routine, much like massage, reflexology, or meditation. Reiki therapy beautifully complements other medical protocols because it is non-invasive and there are no contraindications to receiving Reiki.

As a Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner, I have observed and experienced the numerous benefits resulting from a Reiki treatment on clients, students, family, friends, pets/animals and on myself. I am beyond thrilled to see how Reiki’s recognition and availability is gaining momentum within the medical community.

Reiki is something to be experienced personally. You might believe it once you’ve received it.


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