5 Incredible Research-Backed Benefits of Reiki
Reiki is a popular Japanese energy healing technique started by a lay monk, Mikao Usui in the 1920s. A Reiki practitioner places their hands lightly on, or above you to transfer “universal energy” that enhances your body’s natural healing ability. If you’re wondering how this spiritual practice can help you, we’re sharing some of the amazing benefits of Reiki.
Also known as palm healing or hands-on healing, a Reiki session can be distant or hands-on. Someone who has received “attunement” or initiation of healing energy from a Reiki master can perform this healing modality. The length of Reiki sessions will vary from 20 to 60 minutes long—but some custom sessions are longer. EveryBody in Mind Wellness also offers a customized option of Reiki Yoga sessions and classes with Susan Clark, as well as Reiki on the Crystal Bed.
What are the benefits of Reiki?
It can alleviate pain and anxiety
There are several benefits of Reiki but the most established would probably be easing pain and decreasing anxiety.
People with chronic pain may benefit from Reiki. A 2018 study showed that patients suffering from intervertebral disc hernia who had Reiki treatment reported significantly lower pain intensity. The study even concluded that the benefits are similar to physiotherapy but reiki is more cost-effective.
Moreover, in a 2015 Turkish study, cancer patients who received distant Reiki sessions had remarkably less pain and anxiety than those who did not receive it.
With the growing fear and anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, you might want to explore Reiki as an alternative option.
It reduces stress and helps you relax
Reiki helped people experience deep relaxation, biologically speaking. According to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, people who experienced this healing touch therapy had lower blood pressure and heart rate compared to those who just rested.
Several studies involving students and health professionals showed that Reiki was able to remarkably reduce their stress levels and address their burnout syndrome.
Like meditation and mindfulness, Reiki has been growing in popularity. Heard about this healing but not sure if it’s for you? Here are some powerful benefits of Reiki backed by research. Just like mindfulness, you just allow yourself to be present and let the transferred energy calm you naturally. Reiki can also be very beneficial for kids and animals!
It can help you sleep better
Because Reiki helps you calm down, it can also improve your sleep. A 2004 research concluded that Reiki was able to reduce episodes of insomnia in volunteer subjects.
Interestingly, a sleep-deprived writer for Women’s Health Mag shared that she was able “to sleep with no fuss and wake up feeling like sunshine” after 2 45 minute sessions of Reiki.
It can boost your mood
Reiki shows promise in helping people who are feeling low. A 2011 study on participants with depression felt significantly felt better after five weeks of 30-minute Reiki sessions.
It enhances your overall well-being
Since Reiki enhances the flow of energy throughout your body, it can improve your overall well-being— physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As a complementary therapy, it helps shift the energy so that everything is harmonious and well-balanced.
With Reiki, energy blockages are dissolved so that the life force stimulates your entire self’s power to heal itself – mind, body, and emotions.
According to a 2017 systematic review of studies, Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive, and safe approach that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to heal the body and mind. The review also concluded that it’s far more effective than a placebo.
Reiki is a healing touch that amazingly doesn’t require any touching. Amazing, right?
Have you ever tried Reiki?