Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is a Japanese practice with a name meaning “universal life energy.” This energy treatment is based on the idea that the practitioner can encourage the flow of the client’s own spiritual energy through touch or by hovering hands above the client’s body.

It essentially relaxes and reduces the stress on the body to promote healing. Often the energy healing that is administered is considered “life force energy.” If our life force energy is low, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. When you have a higher life force energy, you are more capable to be happy and healthy.

Individuals going through cancer treatments are fatigued by not only the cancer but the treatment as well. Reiki has shown to have a number of benefits that assist an individual while going through their specific treatments.

Reiki promotes relaxation, reduces the sensation of pain, improves your mood, and can encourage better sleep. Many people actually fall asleep during their treatment, and sleep is essential to allowing the body to heal.

Reiki can be done in hospitals, in private practices, or within your own home.

Reiki can also be sent through distance Reiki and the practitioner does not have to be in the room. I mention this with the current COVID-19 virus in mind. If one would rather not have an individual in the same room, it can also be done through distance Reiki. Clients are clothed and can sit or lie down. Sessions last between 30 to 90 minutes. After the session is complete, the recipient feels deeply relaxed.

A study published in the European Journal of Cancer Care reviewed six separate techniques to manage the fatigue and psychological stress in patients with cancer. Reiki was one of the therapies studied.

Reiki proved to promote relaxation, encourage healing, promote positive thoughts regarding healing, and reduced the stresses that cancer can cause. Reiki has also been studied in regards to pain relief with cancer.

All patients took pain medication, but the individuals who also received Reiki reported feeling better and in less pain. Reiki causes no reportable side effects or complications and can be performed at any time during the treatment. It also will not interfere with any cancer treatments being performed.

Reiki in all studies is not a substitute for other cancer treatments, but it might enhance these treatments and offer a number of benefits to patients as they deal with the symptoms and stresses of cancer.

Holly Wright of Bluffton is a Reiki Master, reflexologist, NASM certified personal fitness trainer, and co-owner of Trinity TheraSpa in Moss Creek Village.