Reiki

Reiki is a powerful and gentle technique that is used to create space for a person to heal.  Energy medicine is a very ancient practice, and there are many methods.  Reiki is a gentle relaxation technique in which the power of touch is applied in harmony with the ancient practice of energy therapy / medicine. Sensory stimulation which occurs from touch produces electrical and chemical changes throughout the body. This Japanese therapy restores a meditative state, allowing the daily stress, to melt away and restore a state of balance.  Reiki does not interfere with the care of your PCP, and does not aim to treat, but rather be used as an adjunct therapy within your wellness plan.  Reiki can provide space to release the daily stresses of life.

Many clients use Reiki as a way to feel more spiritually connected with the universe, open their chakras, enhance their yoga practice, prepare themselves for surgery through stress relief, and get in touch with the insight and empowerment of their higher self.

The Power of Touch

STRESS AND HEALTH
“There is now good evidence (in animal and human studies) that the magnitude of stress-associated immune dysregulation is large enough to have health implications.”
source

STRESS AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
“Exposure to a stress-related disorder was significantly associated with increased risk of subsequent autoimmune disease, compared with matched unexposed individuals and with full siblings.” source

TOUCH THERAPY AND STRESS
Therapeutic touch promotes relaxation, while affecting emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Therapeutic touch creates positive chemical and electrical reactions within the body, encourages the release of endorphins, and encourages the body’s self healing abilities.

THE VAGUS NERVE AND WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT IT
“The vagus nerve represents the main component of the parasympathetic nervous system, which oversees a vast array of crucial bodily functions, including control of mood, immune response, digestion, and heart rate.” read more

 
 
Links to articles
 
 
Using Reiki to manage pain: a preliminary report.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9765732

 

Autonomic Nervous System Changes During Reiki Treatment: A Preliminary Study
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2004.10.1077

The increasing use of reiki as a complementary therapy in specialist palliative care
Burden B, Herron-Marx S, Clifford C.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15944500

Enhancing Nursing Practice with Reiki
by Kathie Lipinski, RN, MSN
http://www.reiki.org/Healing/NursingandReiki.html

 

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