What is Reiki and How does it apply to Alternative Medicine?
Complementary and alternative medicine is becoming popular by day. This is because of the high costs and adverse side effects associated with conventional medicine. One of the best conventional treatments available today is Reiki. Reiki is cost effective, requires little technology, can blend easily with all other therapies and has very few side effects. So, what is Reiki?
Reiki is considered a form of spiritual healing where the Reiki Master or practitioner lays hands on the patient. The laying of hands purportedly promotes and stimulate the body to heal itself of malady through the process of detoxing the body and breaking down energy blocks. The energy used is not a person’s own but is in fact a universal energy which surrounds all living things and objects.
Basically, the healing energy is channeled through the practitioner’s hands and into the recipient during a non-intrusive hands on healing session. In order to channel this energy, you need to be attuned to it, which can only be done by a Reiki master. Once attuned to this energy, a person can channel Reiki at will, to heal mental, emotional and physical ailments. A Reiki practitioner can also send energy through time and space to heal others, or even to a past incidence which is causing ill effect in the present time. Reiki can be used together with other alternative forms of healing.
History of Reiki
Reiki, pronounced Ray-key, is a Japanese work which means universal life force energy. Reiki was discovered in the middle of 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui. Dr. Usui was the head of a Christian university in Kyoto, Japan. His students explained to him one day that they never heard of the healing ways used by Jesus Christ. The students asked him to perform this type of healing for them. Unfortunately, Dr. Usui did not have any answers. With that he resigned as the head of the university and went on a journey to look for answers.
He travelled to America to further his studies in Theology. He then travelled to Japan to train in healings of Chinese Sutra and Buddha and then to Tibet where he studied the ancient language of India (Sanskrit) and the Tibetan Lotus Sutra. It was here that he found the answers he was looking for. He went back to Japan and climbed the Holy Mountain of Kuri Yama, where he fasted and meditated for 21 days.
Dr. Usui returned to his abbey in Kyoto to treat people and teach others. Usui relied on his intuition to know where and when to place his hands and how to conduct healings. One of his students, Dr, Hayashi, is credited for adding the specific hand positions that have become standard Reiki procedures. Reiki techniques and principles have been handed down from teacher to student for about 100 years. During this time, many styles, theories and techniques have evolved.
How it Works
A reiki treatment is given to a fully-clothed patient, on a plinth or seated on a chair. The practitioner places his hands on or above the patient. The hands are placed either lightly on or above the patient so there is no pressure on the body.
A practitioner acts as a conduit for the energy. Universal energy is classified as an intelligent energy, and simply knows where it needs to go during the healing session. The practitioner simply places his hands and allows the energy to flow through the hands to where it needs to be.
Each session can last between 20-60 minutes. A full healing session can take about 50-60 minutes and covers all areas of the body. This takes the practitioner through a number of different positions. Every hand position lasts about 3-5 minutes.
Each person’s experience with reiki can be varied, although the feeling of deep relaxation is felt by all. In many cases, patients feel a warm or cold sensation during the healing session. In some cases, they may see colors and feel extremely relaxed. Some experience a glowing radiance that flows through them and around them. Others drift off to sleep, get visions and others mystical experience. It’s also common to see some people shed tears during a healing session. This is because the energy can heal emotional issues which in turn can bring these emotions to the surface in order for them to be released. At the end of the session a person will not only be relaxed but will also have a positive and balanced outlook.
Many ailments can be treated through Reiki, such as panic attacks, pains, aches, migraines and other serious ailments.
Reiki Healing and Holistic Nursing
Reiki energy healing can be introduced to the patient by the nursing staff on all levels if they have received the special Reiki attunment by a Master Reiki Practitioner. Most frequently we see Certified Holistic and Integrative Health Care Nurses providing Reiki treatments. There are no adverse side effects from this treatment, and it can be implemented at any time or stage of an illness.
‘Dis-ease’ is an important messager, indicating the body’s homeostasis needs to be restored. Reiki fuels the homeostatic mechanisms and assist in restoration of physical, mental and emotional balance. Reiki works to enhance and accelerate the normal healing process of the body and mind. By inducing the relaxation response, Reiki encourages integration functioning of the body’s healing system. This deep relaxation acts through autonomic nervous system to lower heart rate and blood pressure. This treatment also augments the ability of the immune system and stimulates the production of endorphins, decreasing pain and creating a state of well-being.
A study by Sanoma State University, focusing on nurses trained in Reiki 1, concluded that that reiki is a natural adjunct to nursing, and can be incorporated in all areas of nursing care. Basically, reiki flows whenever a patient is touched by his/her caregiver.
Reiki can be used in all hospital environments and requires no specific setting or preparations. It can be incorporated unobtrusively into patient treatment to help relieve stress, pain, agitation as well as aiding sleep. It also promotes release of anger, anxiety, and grief. No adjustment to clothing is necessary, reiki healing even flows through casts. This treatment is not dependent upon the consciousness of the patient. Nurses who use reiki treatment report the following benefits.
Benefits of Reiki Treatment
1. Patients sleep calmly, and for longer time periods.
2. Patients have a better attitude, and are more cooperative.
3. Patients report decreased pain. They require less pain medication and leave the hospital sooner.
4. Reiki can reduce the dosage and frequency of pharmacological intervention.
5. Reiki can be used to balance patient’s energy during operations, including heart transplants and surgeries. Nurses’ report decreased post-op depression, leg weaknesses, and pain and reduced rejection rates.
6. Reiki helps in improving circulation and eliminating nerve blockages.
7. For cancer patients, reiki treatments may reduce side effects, like nausea and fatigue caused by radiation and chemotherapy.
8. Reiki treatments offer a gentle way for people traumatized by crime, rape or war to heal.
Certification in Holistic Nursing
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