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Reiki is a non-invasive, restorative technique, promoting healing of the body, mind, and spirit, performed by a trained Reiki practitioner. Reiki complements the patient's medical treatment and does not serve as its replacement.
Commonly reported benefits of Reiki, supported by research, are reduced anxiety, reduced and/or controlled pain and improved feeling of well being and enhanced quality of life. There are examples in the medical and nursing literature demonstrating that Reiki helps speed up recovery from a traumatic event. Reiki is particularly effective in the relief of stress and tension. Reiki helps calm the emotions, and promotes relaxation.
Who would benefit from Reiki?
Almost anyone would benefit from receiving Reiki. The health care literature focuses on pre-op and post-op patients, patients who need relief from pain or anxiety, women in labor and/or the postpartum period, patients who are receiving cancer treatments and drug addicted infants.
Who will perform the therapy?
A group of volunteer staff made up of Nurses, LPNs, Unit Coordinators, and CRNPs have been certified as Reiki practitioners to provide Reiki treatments to inpatients. This intervention does not require a doctor's order, although it is recommended that patients inform their physician of the therapy.
How/where will the Reiki be performed?
Reiki treatments are done in the patient's room with the patient lying in bed or sitting in a chair. The therapy takes approximately 30 minutes.
How do I request a Reiki therapy session?
Patients may simply request a Reiki treatment from their assigned nurse, or, alternatively, a nursing staff member may recommend Reiki therapy to you. The Reiki treatment will be provided by one of the certified volunteer Reiki therapy practitioners, who will document the therapy in the patient's medical record.
Last Updated: 2/14/2014