Reiki is a safe and gentle “complementary” therapy that activates the parasympathetic nervous system to heal body and mind. It has potential for broader use in management of chronic health conditions, and possibly in postoperative recovery.
Most patients are grateful that the hospital provides this service today, which they report as bringing diverse benefits such emotionally, physicaly and mentally .
Reiki can be implemented alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques. It is a gentle technique that is suitable for even very fragile patients, so it is accepted widely in hospitals and hospices around the world.
It is a relaxing form of healing therapy that is applied through noninvasive, nonmanipulative gentle touch. Reiki involves lightly laying of hands just above or on the clothed body. Reiki has no religious doctrine and is accepted by people from all backgrounds and belief systems.
Reiki has been reported to alleviate anxiety and stress, the perception of pain, and to promote a feeling of psychospiritual well-being.
One of the key defining features of Reiki is that the ability to practice is conferred through an “attunement” process. Attunement is done by a Reiki master, through a series of rituals that are said to open the energy channels of the body. Attunement to first-degree Reiki (Reiki I) confers the ability to treat oneself and others by touch.
Attunement to second-degree Reiki (Reiki II) confers the ability to use specific symbols to access Reiki mentally for distant healing.
Attunement to third-degree Reiki (Reiki III), or master level, confers the ability to attune others into Reiki.
At each level, the ability to effectively heal with Reiki develops progressively through committed practice.
Reiki is a safe, gentle, and profoundly relaxing healing modality that can be practiced by anyone who has received an “attunement” from a Reiki master.
Also, researches have shown that Reiki is better than placebo in activating the parasympathetic nervous system, as measured by reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and increased heart rate variability.
For patients with chronic health conditions, Reiki has been found to be more effective than placebo for reducing pain, anxiety, and depression, and for improving self-esteem and quality of life.
According to the neurovisceral integration model and the polyvagal theory, these effects are due to higher parasympathetic nervous system activity, mediated via the vagus nerve.
This understanding suggests that Reiki has the potential to provide valuable support for a broad range of chronic health conditions.
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