Request Reiki

The nexRaised Hands for Reiki imaget time you, or a family member, receive(s) a treatment or procedure at a hospital, ask for Reiki. According to some estimates, over 20% of hospitals in the U.S. offer Reiki to patients and family members. When you request this light touch therapy from Japan you are sending a positive signal to the hospital staff that this is a beneficial therapy that should be included in their services.

In previous posts, I’ve listed and discussed some of the hospitals that currently offer Reiki, for example, MD Anderson, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the University of Maryland’s Medical Center. At Hartford Hospital, the Reiki program is in its 16th year!

If your hospital doesn’t offer Reiki or your doctor or the staff resist your request, you can simply state, “Reiki helps me to relax.” or “Reiki helps me to sleep better.” One doesn’t need to get deeply involved in discussions or debates around how human beings heal or which is better conventional medicine or alternative. Remember, you’re talking with human beings who are attempting to heal you, respect them, their practice, and yourself. You can do all of this by acknowledging what they have to offer and simply asking for a little help relaxing by receiving Reiki.

If no Reiki volunteer or staff is available, you can request to bring in a practitioner from outside. Because Reiki is non-invasive and complementary, a well-trained practitioner will be able to place his/her hands on you without getting in the way of any wires or tubes that are part of the hospital setting. Also, most nurses prefer a relaxed patient, so it becomes a win-win situation for all!

So next time you need it, just raise your hand and ask for Reiki!

Reiki in Healthcare

My teacher, Libby Barnett, recently sent a newsletter highlighting three articles on Reiki in healthcare.  The first article reviews the steps taken to develop and implement a Reiki Training Program at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  This is a well-written article that delves into the logistics of creating a Training Program for sharing Reiki with patients, staff, and family members.

The other two articles are older, but equally worth taking the time to review.  One relates to the application of Reiki for work-related stress for nurses and the other recounts the effects of Reiki on older adults.

I hope you’ll enjoy these articles.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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