Second Opinion Magazine
Self-Care Through Reiki
By Sandra Anderson, CHTP, RM, CHT
Today’s COVID-19 world has created multiple levels of stress, loss, trauma and change that have touched everyone. We will not be seeing our pre-2020 lives anytime soon. Self-care is more important now than ever in order to be ready for new changes and new normals, and improve wellbeing and health.
Reiki has a profound effect in bringing an individual to a place of peace and mindfulness that enables trauma and stress to be released. Reiki is a holistic, energetic treatment that works on the body, mind and spirit. It is not a system of religious beliefs–it is a gentle, relaxing treatment through which natural healing vibrations are transmitted from the hands of a Reiki practitioner (acting as a facilitator) to the body of the recipient. The purpose of a Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, create relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle bodies energies and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies.
Dr. Mehmet Oz brought tremendous attention to Reiki when he invited Reiki practitioners to treat patients during open-heart surgeries and heart transplant operations. Dr. Oz is often quoted as saying, “Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals.” This endorsement was done after New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus conducted the first studies ever performed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki treatments on the autonomic nervous system in a double blind random study. The results showed the Reiki treatment group had lower levels of heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These positive results led the team to recommend further, larger studies to look at the biological effects of Reiki treatment.
According to C. Norman Shealy, a neurosurgeon and one of the pioneers of Reiki, Reiki is one of the leading safe Energy Medicine approaches. The study summaries provided by the Center for Reiki Research are the best source for information on Reiki Research. Encouragingly, the American Medical Association (AMA) has added Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments to their directory of billable procedures, including Reiki.
If you have been affected by the pandemic in body, mind or spirit, Reiki might be a great option for you to begin your healing journey.
Sandi Anderson is a mystic voice and midwife to souls, creator of “soul chat,” medically intuitive, Life & Spiritual Guide, and an Energetic Practitioner in private practice for over 25 years. She is also a grandmother of four, and the cat whisper to two family cats. All who keep her on her toes.
The Center for Reiki Research. Touch Stone Process. Sandra Anderson CHTP, RM, CHT. Mystic Life & Soul Guide, Energetic Healer