Reiki in Hospitals

It’s no secret to anyone that Reiki has a variety of benefits, not just for one’s spirit and inner well-being, but also for their physical health! It puts people at ease and helps them deal with painful conditions by realigning them with the human touch. With this in mind, it should then come as no surprise that Reiki has been seeing something of an upsurge in hospital usage. Reiki in hospitals is starting to become a normalized concept!

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One of the benefits of using Reiki is that it heals you inside and out and is completely free of harmful, long-term side effects. As such, it is great for those suffering from a variety of stress-related illnesses and diseases such as high blood pressure. It’s even being used to address other conditions both physical and mental like chronic pain, fibromyalgia, cancer, anxiety, and depression.

Another great benefit is that it is just so incredibly cost-effective. Utilizing simply the human touch to heal, Reiki has become more and more accepted as an alternative healing practice that actually works. The fact that- aside from the initial training needed- it requires no additional technology, special settings, or preparation that takes a lot of time makes it enticing to both patients and hospital staff. So on top of helping speed up recovery, reducing a patient’s reliance on pain medication, and simply making pain easier to bear with, Reiki is easy to include and execute.

Right now, at least 1.2 million adults in America have been using Reiki to heal themselves, and it has been seeing more and more usage in hospitals, cancer centers, and clinics as a result. In 2014 alone, more than 60 hospitals in the U.S. have started using Reiki on patients, sometimes calling it the simple “touch practice.” And based on an American Hospital Association survey, Reiki has become one of the top complementary in-patient modes of therapy in American hospitals, tailing massage therapy and music and art therapy.

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According to Marilyn Vega, RN, a private-duty nurse who worked at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in New York, “Reiki sessions cause patients to heal faster with less pain.”

The number of hospitals integrating Reiki into patient treatment and therapy programs, such as palliative care, surgery recovery, and physical therapy, is constantly growing. Patients themselves ask for Reiki to become available and often request Reiki during recovery from surgeries and physical therapy.

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Small wonder, then, that hospitals, cancer centers, hospices, and clinics have begun reaching out to more and more Reiki masters. Nurses and other medical professionals have also begun to take the initiative by enrolling in classes to master Reiki before including it in their routine nursing procedures.

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And it’s all in the anecdotal evidence: nurses and physicians alike have lauded Reiki as being highly helpful with not only patients’ recovery, but also with handling them. It encourages patients to become more cooperative and relaxed, allowing medical staff to make their jobs easier and more efficiently.

Today, there is a growing number of Reiki masters being requested to hold training workshops for medical professionals. A physician trained in Reiki, Bettina Peyton, M.D. vouches for its use in hospital settings: “Reiki’s utter simplicity, coupled with its potentially powerful effects, compels us to acknowledge the concept of universal healing energy.”

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