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Healing the Healers

Reiki Practice for Self and Others


What is Reiki?

Reiki is a hands-on practice that is used to restore balance and promote healing on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  It has origins in a Japanese healing tradition that was introduced into this country in the 1970’s. Since then, Reiki practice has gained credibility as a stress reduction and relaxation technique that is used in many health care settings.  It can be easily learned and effective in as little as ten minutes, practiced in a chair or bed, and used in a variety of settings. It also can be used as a self-care practice!!

How is it used?

I first learned Reiki when I was a nurse-midwife student (1982); it was a great way to support women in labor by increasing relaxation and reducing pain. Since then, my experience with Reiki has expanded to include diverse populations and settings: from premature infants to the elderly, from intensive care units to long term care. Reiki has been shown to reduce pain, ease nausea, enhance relaxation, and help with sleep. I believe the most VALUABLE use of Reiki is for self-care: daily practice reduces stress and has potential for decreasing burnout among formal and informal caregivers.

3 Reasons to use Reiki on self:

  1. Reiki practice is portable, simple to use, and easy to learn.
  2. A short Reiki session elicits the relaxation response and can manage anxiety, stress, pain, and improve sleep.
  3. Reiki promotes energetic hygiene and self-awareness.

The 5 Reiki Principles

  1.  Just for today, I will live in the attitude of gratitude.
  2. Just for today, I will not worry.
  3. Just for today, I will not anger.
  4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
  5. Just for today I will show love and respect for every living being.

These principles support mindfulness, resiliency, and wellbeing. If we can practice these principles, we can bring our best energetic self into all aspects of our life.  Reiki is one simple tool that can influence our health and wellbeing. The best way to understand Reiki practice is to experience a short session!