Reiki (pronounced "Ray-key") is a healing technique developed in Japan by Mikao Usui in the early twentieth century. It is based on the principle that universal life force energy can be channeled into a person to activate their body's natural healing processes and restore physical and emotional well-being. We often unconsciously hold energy blocks within our bodies that inhibit the ability to heal. The infusion of Reiki energy into the body breaks down and removes these blockages, clearing the way for the proper and continuous flow of strong and healthy energy. Working with a reiki healer is a wonderful way to kickstart your energy flow and also accelerate healing in order to restore and ultimately maintain your long-term health.
Reiki can be performed in person or from a distance. Because it is not limited by miles, Reiki energy can be received just as effectively on the other side of the world as it can when you are in the same room. Bernie performs both in person and distance LoveHeals Reiki sessions for people as well as animals.
Reiki is increasingly offered in hospital, hospice, and private practice settings, applied to a variety of illnesses and conditions. Those who receive such treatments report relief of symptoms from numerous health challenges, including mental health issues. Research shows that reiki primarily helps in the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression, as well as relief of chronic pain — the last of which can bring on anxiety and depression, or make episodes worse. Dressing and Sing (1998) found that among cancer patients, Reiki brought about significant levels of pain relief, anxiety and depression reduction, improvements in sleep quality, relaxation and general well-being. This effect was stronger in men than women. These benefits remained when checked after three months. Among abdominal hysterectomy patients, Reiki helped reduce pain and anxiety, particularly in a preoperative setting (Vitale and O’Conner, 1998).
The Center for Reiki Research website lists 76 institutions that include Reiki in their offerings. It is seen as an effective and cost-reducing method to improve health outcomes and quality of care. Hospital staff, such as physicians and nurses, are adding Reiki treatments to their work. Scientific validation of Reiki’s effectiveness have helped bring this method to the mainstream, where it is able to aid patients in all realms, including those with mental health challenges.
-Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows