In the last 10 years, Reiki has been used by nurses, physicians, social workers, and others who practice this modality in patient care in hospitals, hospice settings, and other healthcare milieu.
Classified as a biofield or energy therapy by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Energy flows through the Reiki practitioner allowing healing of the spirit, mind, and body. Relaxation, pain relief, physical healing, reduced emotional distress, and a deepened awareness of spiritual connection are among the benefits attributed to Reiki in anecdotes. Reiki also is beneficial for the influence it exerts on the care environment. Focusing on presence and physical touch, it creates a Healing environment in the increasingly "high tech" hospital setting.
Reiki therapy is proving useful in emergency rooms, operating rooms, organ transplantation care units, pediatric, neonatal and OB/GYN units. It facilitates relaxation and recovery and decreases anxiety and pain.
In 2007, there were 5,815 hospitals in the United States. More than 800 offered Reiki as one of their hospital services, which is approximately 14%! Now in 2014, At Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, there is a 3 year old program that has 35 dedicated Reiki Volunteers that work in the hospital 7 days a week and see 400-450 patients a month throughout the hospital. This program has given over 10,000 Reiki sessions in 3 years.
Reiki is a way to reduce stress before and after a surgery or procedure, and during injury recovery. By reducing stress, the body increases its healing potential.
Rehab patients often spend the entire day in many different types of therapy that are focused on healing the body and putting lives back together. A Reiki session is often the tool to bring the patient back into a mind, body, spirit balance. Patients who "worked" all day and fall asleep during Reiki often comment on the deep "healing" sleep that follows.
Reiki Practitioners provide Reiki treatments to patients on Hospice in hopes of bringing comfort, relieving pain, reducing stress and increasing a calm and peaceful environment for the patients and family. We created the Healing Hands for Caregivers® program specifically to help Hospice volunteers provide additional loving care for their clients.