By Sue Siebens
My first Reiki experience was purely by accident. I wanted to feel better and a friend recommended this woman that does this stuff…”it was great”. So I booked an appointment and went to her. That one session was amazing. I didn’t find out what she did until after the session was over and the Reiki part was really only about 20 minutes long. I was in love with the work and ended up taking it on as a new career.
Back then-10 years ago, when I offered people a Reiki session or told them was a Reiki Master, literally no one knew what that was. So I was left to explain about a metaphysical process–passing life energy thru my hands, when received would feel really good, like a heating-pad, and that energy would help them heal. All I could tell them was anecdotal stories about experiences of my clients and my friends clients successes. “Just try it, you’ll love it”. It was a bit of a stretch for many people.
Starting a few years ago, there was enough Reiki-awareness, in general, that when I told people, “I’m a Reiki Master”, almost everyone has heard the word “Reiki”. They may not know what it means exactly, but they’ve heard the word. It wasn’t just a strange combo of consonants and vowels. It had some context. It made my explaining job easier, because people are more receptive to hearing about the semi-familiar.
And in the background, there have been researchers trying to prove or disprove the effectiveness of Reiki. Does it really help healing, when measured scientifically, double-blind studies and all that stuff. Or are the anecdotes of my clients just one-off successes?
They are validating the Reiki table experience: It does feel good, it does help, it should be part of standard practices of healing.
Articles such as this one are being published in respected journals. This article reviewed the results of a collection of clinical studies on Reiki.
Placebo? They measured getting Reiki [Reiki from a Reiki attuned practitioner] versus getting fake or sham-Reiki [an actor that mimicked the hand positions and procedures of a real Reiki session]. The sham-Reiki served as the placebo, the sugar pill, that will have a neutral effect.
What did they measure?
- Physiological responses to Reiki
- Use of Reiki as a complementary therapy for a chronic condition
- Use of Reiki as a treatment for a chronic condition
- Use of Reiki as a complementary therapy for an acute condition
I’ll let you read the article for detail information and jump to the results 🙂
What did they find? Reiki can be effective in
- “Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, as measured by reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and increased heart rate variability”
- “Reducing pain, anxiety, and depression, and for improving self-esteem and quality of life”
‘These effects are due to higher parasympathetic nervous system activity, mediated via the vagus nerve”.
” Reiki has the potential to provide valuable support for a broad range of chronic health conditions”
“Reiki should be regarded as a complementary therapy that can be implemented alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques.
Further research is recommended to help optimize the application of Reiki for specific health conditions and to examine the benefits arising from provision of multiple Reiki sessions over an extended period of time.”
Lovely! Yes, this is what most of us in the Reiki community have been saying for years.
- It’s a wonderful (and powerful) complement to any treatment or medical protocol that a person may be under.
- There are no-contraindications–everyone can benefit from Reiki.
- Reiki can happen anywhere, literally anywhere, home, hospital, clinic, barn, etc
- it feels like the best massage you’ve every gotten without all the rubbing 🙂
Don’t hesitate to try Reiki and add it to your current wellness regime, especially if your challenge is tackling pain, illness or disease.
Also I’m sending out a big thanks to all those Reiki Researchers who are proving it’s validity! 🙂
Are You Ready for Reiki’s Help?
Sue Siebens is an intuitive holistic healer based in Dallas, Texas. In her practice, she uses techniques that work at a fundamental level, where the roots of the illness, fear and pain can be accessed and resolved. Sue teaches and blogs to broadcast and raise awareness about these new technologies, so that as many people as possible can find relief and peace in their life.