What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word which means ‘Universal Life Energy’. It is a healing energy which, when channelled through the hands of the Reiki Practitioner to the client, activates the client’s natural ability to heal him/herself. The energy helps to release blocked energies and encourages the body to release toxins and return it to a state of balance. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe way to enhance and maintain physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Some of the positive effects of Reiki are:
- To experience a deep relaxation and inner peace
- To boost the immune system and the body’s innate wisdom to heal itself
- To increase energy-levels
- To reduce stress and anxiety
- To improve sleep
- To help in times of intense emotional pain
- To reduce physical pain
- To better cope with times of change and transformation
Why have a Reiki healing?
The purpose of a Reiki healing is to rebalance the client’s energy-level and to give more energy into parts of the being where support and healing are needed.
During a one-hour long Reiki healing the client is lying fully clothed on a comfortable massage table. Starting at their head, the therapist places their hands gently on different parts of the client’s body and lets the energy flow in.
A Reiki healing is a very relaxing experience. It is not unusual for clients to fall asleep during a Reiki healing. Some people feel warmth or heat or tingling but it is not necessary to feel anything for the energy to work.
Reiki is an accumulative energy and builds up in your system with each session. Although a once-off Reiki healing can be hugely relaxing and beneficial, depending on the client’s personal situation it may be advisable to have a course of three or four healings relatively close together.
Reiki works on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level and it always works towards the client’s highest potential on all levels of their being.
Reiki Healing For Grief & Loss
Losing a loved one is one of the most traumatic life events we can experience. The loss reverberates through our being on so many levels. We need all the support we can get to navigate our way through the emotional terrain and reclaim our lives.
Reiki Healing is a powerful tool available to help support us on this journey.
Reiki means “Universally Guided Life Force Energy.” We are all animated by life force energy, sometimes called “prana” or “chi.”. When we experience trauma, loss, or have been taking care of a loved one for a long time, prior to their passing, the life force in us can become depleted, blocked, or dense from all the myriad emotions we may be experiencing.
Losing someone close to us can elicit a whole range of emotional states — grief, anger, depression, fear, anxiety, frustration, regret, guilt or bitterness can sit with us for many months or even years. We may feel exhausted and unable to function from the depth of grief, or sometimes from not feeling safe or supported enough to be able to express our feelings freely.
This is where Reiki can help. In a safe, healing and relaxing environment, Reiki will gently begin the process of lightening the heavy load of our grief. Reiki has sometimes been described as ‘energetic massage’, but unlike massage we stay fully clothed during a Reiki treatment. The Reiki Practitioner works with light touch on the body or just above the body in the auric field. We feel relaxed, peaceful and cared for by this nurturing and healing energy that starts to clear away the denser energies we have been carrying. Many people describe a Reiki treatment as a sense of peace, love and safety that they have rarely experienced. If you have trouble sleeping, a Reiki session will often give you a deep, restful sleep during or after the session.
Sometimes Reiki will help us to release some of the feelings we may have had difficulty accessing because they have been too painful. In a non-judgmental, compassionate space we can maybe start to forgive ourselves; let go of resentment; allow tears to flow and get our lives back on track.
Finally, if we have lost a spouse, we may also be grieving the loss of being physically touched which is such an important and essential part of feeling balanced and happy. Being touched in a loving way releases endorphins, happiness hormones, which help us to feel comforted and safe. A Reiki treatment can provide a safe, loving and gentle alternative as the practitioner works all the way down the body from head to toe with a light, comforting touch focusing on the areas that a client may have shared are most in need – like the heart – or areas where the client is experiencing physical pain.
If you are feeling the burden of grief, a Reiki session can:
- Help you feel lighter and more able to cope
- Help you release feelings of grief in a safe, supportive space
- Ease feelings of guilt, resentment or bitterness
- Help to ease physical pain
- Support mental clarity and a positive attitude
- Create deep relaxation and rest
- Help you get back on your feet again
RKMRI Medical Reiki™
RKMRI Medical Reiki™ is a new protocol in the practice of Integrative Medicine. It is practiced according to the Gold Standards and Best Practices developed by Raven Keyes after her 20 years of bringing Reiki into the operating rooms of some of America’s top surgeons, including Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Sheldon Marc Feldman. Today Reiki is one of the top three complementary in-patient therapies offered in over 800 US hospitals including Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and George Washington University Hospital. Clinical results have shown that stress is relieved, pain is reduced, less pain medication is needed and healing is speedy in those patients who have been able to benefit from Reiki healing while in hospital. Passionate about the idea of bringing Reiki into our hospitals, I was trained by Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International™ to a very high standard to work safely and unobtrusively with surgical teams, consultants, doctors and nurses in the operating room and in any other part of the hospital environment. I feel that every patient deserves a Certified Medical Reiki Master™ (CMRM) by their side during surgery or during any medical procedure or treatment.
Reiki for Cancer Patients
Over the years, I have had the privilege to work with many cancer patients. Some of those patients were undergoing conventional treatment at the time and were using Reiki as a gentle support. And some of those patients were nearing the end of their lives and in receipt of palliative care.
- All cancer patients find that Reiki is very relaxing, calming and soothing.
- All cancer patients say that Reiki reduces tension and anxiety.
- All cancer patients say that Reiki reduces the side-effects of conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation and the side-effects of strong medication.
- Many cancer patients say Reiki reduces physical and emotional pain.
- Many cancer patients say that Reiki increases their energy-levels.
- Some cancer patients say that Reiki improves their sleep-pattern.
- In most cases Reiki helps cancer patients to have a more positive attitude towards life in general and improves the response to their often aggressive treatments.
If you are living with a cancer diagnosis, or if you know someone who does, please get in touch or encourage them to get in touch and I will be very happy to support you on your journey.
Reiki does not cure cancer, but it will make it easier to live with it.
Reiki for Nurses
I know and appreciate that your job as a nurse is an extremely fulfilling yet stressful one. Practising regular self-care is vital in counteracting and managing the stresses of the profession and avoiding serious issues like exhaustion, depression and burnout.
Self-care is a broad concept that involves engaging in activities that reduce your stress and improve your physical and mental health. Unfortunately, it is often those of us who care for others a lot that forget to take enough time to care for ourselves. Or sometimes you may even feel like it is not so important to take good care of yourselves so long as you can continue caring for others. But the truth is that you can only care for others when you care for yourself first. The more you practise self-care the better you will be able to do your job.
Reiki is a wonderful practice of self-carebecause it rebalances your energy, makes you calm and peaceful, helps you to let go of any physical, emotional or mental stress you may have experienced during your day at work, helps you to recharge your batteries and helps you rebuild your boundaries which may have been challenged by your patients or even colleagues at work.
Reiki in Hospitals
I have been passionate about bringing Reiki into Irish hospitals and particularly to cancer care and palliative care. Read my paper on Reiki in hospitals here.