What is Reiki?

The Japanese word Reiki (ray-key) means “Universal Life Force energy.” It is not a belief system, and no belief system is needed to enjoy the subtle yet powerful benefits. A Reiki treatment supports the whole person physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It is used to relieve stress, can be an excellent energizer, and can assist healing on all levels. Pleasant and relaxing, Reiki is often used for personal wellness, and has been documented to relax muscles, still the mind, lower blood pressure, and ease pain. Reiki can reduce anxiety and support a sense of peace. Reiki will not interfere with conventional medicine and is frequently used in conjunction with it.

Where is Reiki being used?

Reiki is being used in homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice. Many hospitals include Reiki in their patient care plans, including Fletcher-Allen Hospital in Burlington, Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, NH, Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City, and the Dana Farber and Boston’s Children’s Hospitals in Boston. Rutland VNA & Hospice has trained volunteers who are also trained Reiki practitioners.

What Happens in a Reiki Session?

The client sits in a chair or lies on a bed fully clothed while the practitioner uses various hand positions either directly on the body or a few inches above. The client usually will feel warmth or some tingling. There is no manipulation of tissue. A Reiki practitioner does not diagnose, nor is Reiki a substitute for medical care, though Reiki has been most appreciated by hospice patients for its ability to diminish pain.