Reiki: An Integrated Health Therapy
By Carol Corio
Reiki is one of the most recognized and embraced of the healing energy modalities.
“Reiki originated in Tibet or India, and the healing system is about 2,500 years old. Reiki migrated with Buddhist sages to Southeast Asia and China, then to Japan, where the known Reiki history begins, and through Hawaii with Hawayo Takata to the West. Reiki healing has transcended many cultures, languages, religions, and most of the geography. The energy has survived and prevailed…” according to Diane Stein, who has authored many books on Reiki and healing energy modalities. This quote is from her book, “Essential Reiki.”
If I were to describe Reiki, it is an example of an energy relaxation technique which involves a gentle placing of hands on an individual’s body (in different places) and in combination with a positive, clear intention to create a relaxation response. Recipients, backed up by outside research, indicate it allows the body to find balance, provides relaxation, reduces pain and fatigue, relieves stress and anxiety, and improves overall quality of life. It is also an important technique to be used for self-care, self-healing, and balancing.
I interviewed two Licensed Practical Nurses who have been teaching together Reiki Master training classes on the South Shore. Jill Fay, LPN, is the Clinical Liaison for Alliance Healthcare and has additional training as a Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Hypnotherapist (CHT), and Certified Energy Medicine. Linda Lavin, LPN, is the Clinical Liaison for Royal Health Group and is a Reiki Master Teacher. Teaching classes together, Jill and Linda have certified over 100 individuals and healthcare professionals during the last ten years that they have been offering classes.
According to Jill Fay, “Reiki is a non-invasive hands-on healing energy. Reiki aids in alleviating stress, pain and other dis-eases. Every living thing radiates energy or life force. Reiki’s healing energy goes where it is needed. It is a relaxation technique that has been proven to aid in stress reduction.”
When Reiki was first introduced, one of the reasons it was not embraced was that so many felt that it was not in alignment with their religious doctrines. Over time, many more have experienced the loving energy that is Reiki and come to understand it as a wonderful relaxation technique that is not affiliated with any particular religion, but does assist recipients to connect to whatever universal spirit, spiritual energy, angel, prayer, or religious doctrine each person believes in their heart. According to Linda Lavin, “The Reiki Practitioner is the conduit for bringing the healing energy to each recipient. The energy is received from Universal energy and God source and honors whatever personal, spiritual, or religious belief system each person receiving Reiki believes in.”
There is lots of research on the positive effects of Reiki. “It has been medically proven to reduce blood pressure, lower respiration and heart rates, slow bleeding, and reduce stress,” according to Diane Stein. Right here in Boston, at one of our prestigious hospitals, a study of the benefits of Reiki was one of the first in the country. Every day, more medical and healthcare organizations and hospitals include Reiki as part of their practice services.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital has played a historical role in the development of Reiki in the medical setting by creating one of the largest hospital Reiki programs in the world. Their program consists of over 60 volunteer Reiki practitioners, as well as nurses and other staff members certified to perform Reiki. Over the past eight years, Reiki volunteers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have provided over 40,000 Reiki sessions to patients, family members, and hospital staff. Many BWH nurses, doctors, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists, and chaplains request Reiki sessions for their patients, as well as for themselves, on a regular basis. All this information was accessed from the BWH website: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/About_BWH/volunteer/Reiki.aspx
Reiki has a long history of increasing recognition. When I have spoken with families about offering Reiki to their loved one at end of life, I am pleased to see the giant leap of recognition that families have about embracing Reiki–not just to acceptance but to a positive change in perception and acknowledgement of the benefits. Nowadays, most people have at least heard of “Reiki” or know someone who has had a positive experience receiving Reiki, even if they haven’t had the opportunity to experience it firsthand. It is my hope that by reading this article, it will inspire you to want to learn more about Reiki for your own self-care or have a Reiki session from a Reiki Practitioner.
About the Author
Carol Corio has been studying integrated health therapies for more than 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (EIT) sharing her long-time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, and independent, private, non-profit, Medicare certified CHAP accredited, family centered, dedicated team of professionals providing excellent care services on the South Shore since 1979. For information, call 781-341-4145, visit www.oldcolonyhospice.com, or email Carol at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article reprinted from the May 2017 issue of the South Shore Senior News.