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How Reiki Benefits Dementia Patients

Oct 27, 2011 |
Posted by Jessica Zelfand |

 Reiki benefits Patients and Caregivers . .  . really everyone can benefit from Reiki. 

Reiki and Ezra Home Care

What is Reiki?

Reiki means "universal life energy" and is an ancient healing method that manipulates energy flow in the body.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. centers, called chakras, in your body. The energy should flow freely through your chakras in order for you to be spiritually, physically, and mentally healthy. Practitioners believe that if energy paths are blocked, you may feel ill or weak or have pain.

How long is a typical Reiki Session?

A reiki treatment session usually lasts an hour. The reiki practitioner puts his or her hands over or on your body at certain chakras. Most reiki practitioners recommend more than one session. It is possible to feel the benefits of Reiki in just a few minutes.

What is Reiki used for?

People use reiki to decrease pain, ease muscle tension, speed healing, and ease anxiety.

Reiki is sometimes used to help people who suffer from pain or discomfort from cancer or other diseases. But Reiki is not used as a treatment for cancer or any other disease. Some people who have undergone chemotherapy treatment said they felt better and had less nausea after undergoing a reiki session. Research is ongoing to determine any benefits of reiki.

Many people who receive reiki say they experience a refreshed spirit, better healing, and an increase in general well-being.

Articles on Reiki:

New York Times Article outlines how Reiki helps elderly patients with Dementia

The use of Reiki in Healthcare

 Reiki.org - "How we got Reiki into a hospital"
                "Enhancing Nursing Practice with Reiki"

Reiki Program at Forest View Nursing Home

TAGS: Dementia Care Elder Care

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