What is Reiki?
-According to the Harvard University Center for Wellness:
Pronounced “ray-kee,” Reiki is an energy medicine practice in which the practitioner places her/his hands on or near the person receiving the treatment, with the intent to transmit ki, or a life-force energy. Reiki is an ancient practice that originated in Japan and although not scientifically proven, many individuals find Reiki improves the flow and balance of the body’s energy. Many individuals receive Reiki on its own or in combination with other therapies, such as massage. Typically, individuals receive Reiki fully clothed and in a comfortable position either sitting or lying down.
Harvard is currently studying 1000's of surveys about Reiki and clients' experiences with Reiki energy and healing to better understand this ancient Japanese technique that is growing more and more popular in the States.
This study adds Harvard to the growing list of major universities (such as Duke, Columbia, and UCLA) that is studying the positive effects of Reiki and continues the work of over 800 prestigious hospitals (Yale's New Haven, Boston Medical Center, & Sharp Memorial) now offering Reiki for non-pharmacetual pain management, stress and anxiety reduction and treatment, depression, and increased sense of well-being after extensive multi-year peer review study.
American Hospital President Rich Umbdenstock stated, "Complementary and alternative medicine has shown great promise in supporting and stimulating healing. It's one of the many tools hospitals look to as they continue to create optimal healing environments for the patients they serve." In fact, over two thirds of hospitals surveyed cited “clinical effectiveness” as their top reason.
It is a wonderful thing to see the "traditional" medical world embracing what so many have known for so long.