Benefits of Reiki

Physical benefits

- Reiki supports the body's natural ability to heal itself, helping to release blockages, toxins, and relieve pain. Over time, it helps to become more aware and in tune with the body's needs and wants. This leads to make better choices in nutrition and movement resulting in weight loss and increased energy and strength.

Records of Reiki’s use are growing as Western medicine seeks ways to provide care in a holistic manner.  According to a survey conducted by the American Hospital Association, 42% of  hospitals in the United States and 70% of hospitals in Canada offer Reiki as a complementary alternative to deal with physical pain and illness*. Reiki is used in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, stress and memory loss, as well as in palliative and oncological care. 

In a 2010 study conducted by Yale University, researchers found that 20 minutes of Reiki significantly improved mood and variable heart rate following a heart attack*.

Mental benefits

- Reiki promotes a practice of becoming more self-aware to physiological and energetic needs and provides a means to address care and healing. In other words, Reiki energy can help to witness thoughts and negative mental patterns so we can have the power to change them. In my opinion, a Reiki session could be seen as a guided and passive meditation. 

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 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. 

Emotional benefits

-As mentioned, stress reduction and relaxation are the best scientifically proven health benefits of Reiki. In addition, Reiki has been shown in studies to help reduce depression by changing your mood. It can transform negative mood and thought patterns by receiving life force energy while releasing energetic blocks. Reiki helps to bring inner peace, harmony and relaxation to those people who allow it. 

When we are relaxed, we sleep better, our bodies heal better and faster, we think more clearly and we have a better connections with others.  

Moreover, Reiki helps to cultivate more positive emotions, such as love, compassion, kindness, connection, sharing, intimacy and more. Most people after treatment claim to feel clear, peaceful, relaxed and lighter. 

Spiritual benefits

-When our body, mind and emotions are in harmony, the divine arises within. As Reiki clears our chakras from low frequency vibrations, we are better able to open and get in touch with our spiritual gifts. This is because the upper chakras (crown, third eye, throat and heart) resonate with higher level intuitive and psychic abilities while lower vibrational energy is cleared. 

Moreover, Reiki helps cultivate inner love, compassion and understanding which then pours out into the world. After several Reiki session, clients report feeling a stronger connection with nature as they recognize they are part of something larger. Reiki can also help with meditation practice, giving a greater sense of stillness within. Reiki can be of immense help in anyone’s spiritual journey. 

*References:

Bier, D. (2018, October 08). Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/lib/reiki-healing-and-mental-health-what-the-research-shows/

Fisher, C. (2015, April 30). Reiki and psychotherapy. Retrieved from https://ct.counseling.org/2015/04/reiki-and-psychotherapy/