Reiki healing is a major and important form of energy healing practice, and we recently spoke to a major contributor to the field from the United States, Alice Langholt, Director of the Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development, creator of Practical Reiki, and author of several books on Reiki healing and mindfulness. She discussed her efforts, and some of the great opportunities and challenges that Reiki healing may face while integrating with the medical community.
Ann Boone: Hi Alice, thank you for speaking with us today about Reiki Healing and your experiences. Could you start off by telling us about what your do currently within the reiki healing field?
Alice Langholt: Hi Ann, thanks for having me! Currently, I'm the director of Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development which offers online classes in holistic studies, metaphysics, and holistic business development, as well as some certification programs in being a reiki instructor.
We also have a holistic studies certification as well as a membership programs called Advanced Healing Pioneers for those who want to be at the forefront of the world of holistic healing and want to have some credibility as someone who really cares about learning the best of this practice and moving ahead in what's going on in the world according to these studies. We have monthly seminars online and everyone in the program has discounts on classes, and other perks and a Facebook page for sharing ideas and experiences, so it's a pretty comprehensive online program.
We have a program in hospice care too, for those who are interested in doing that there's a series of classes called the Hospice Companion Series, and we also have a mediumship series. We offer a lot and we are interested in representing the best of the practice, so these classes are available online to people around the world.
I started this school because I was so intrigued and love Reiki so much, and all of this developed out of my love and interest for Reiki healing. I do also have a practice for Reiki healing in the Washington DC area - my practice is in Maryland but accessible from three states.
Great, thank you Alice, maybe from your own practice, could you go into some of the client success stories you have, giving your clients healing?
It's so fascinating the way that Reiki can help people, and I have applied it in many different ways. I used to live in Ohio just over two years ago, where I'd spent two years giving Reiki as a volunteer at a big hospital called the Cleveland Clinic, and I was one of several Reiki practitioners that would go and give Reiki to patients on different floors for different reasons and it was really remarkable then to see the difference.
We used to have a nurse record the Reiki in the patient's medical chart, so as part of the formal patient care process, we had to ask the patients their current pain levels from 1-10, and their anxiety 1-10, and then give them Reiki and then ask them to evaluate again so there was a real comparison.
It was also fascinating to watch the monitors. When there are patients hooked up to monitors for their heartbeat, their respiration and their blood pressure, it was actually possible to watch the change happen during the Reiki session, so we could see blood pressure come down, heart rate slow, and steady breathing, we could see physical changes that were being measured by the equipment that was happening during the session.
In my personal practice now I'm also a volunteer for a hospice program which I do once a week where I go see hospice patients and offer them Reiki that gives them pain relief and helps them relax and become more peaceful.
I've seen clients who come to me for different reasons, pain or stress, or needing some kind of intuitive guidance, maybe their life feels out of control or unstable in some ways. So I've found that giving them Reiki is more than just a physical experience, it does have some have pain relieving qualities, but also they benefit from intuitive guidance and the conversations that we have during a session while the client is laying on my table. As we talk, I point out what I notice intuitively about the flow of their energy, they talk to me about what's going on in their life, and a lot of time some really nice advice seems to come through based on all of these things that can be really helpful to them.
I had one client who just said she's upset with herself because she's not at the same level of productivity and motivation as she used to be before she had her children. So we talked about expectations, because it was very easy to discern by her energy flow that she was being so hard on herself and not really being in the present moment and accepting herself for who she is now, and what she has available to offer and what she is actually doing.
It was interesting as she needed a shift, and she needed someone to tell her to reassure her that she's doing ok in her new role as mom and the things she's now accomplishing are different but still important and I think it's all part of the healing process, to be able to offer advice that comes from a deeply caring and intuitive place, as well as the energy.
That's really beautiful. And with the Reiki Awakening Academy, what are the successes your students have had after committing to be a healer and choosing to learn Reiki healing and go through the programs?
We really want to help people become confident and successful with their reiki practice or whatever they want to do with their studies whether its personal or professional. I do have some students who have taken a 9 months Light Workers intensive program that only takes six students a year. Students who have gone through this program, especially, I've seen really start to develop their practice. Each of them I've found their practice grows and becomes more successful.
A massage practitioner, when she started incorporating Reiki into her work, her clients started to comment about how much more amazing her massages were, but not only that, she was able to incorporate some of the marketing techniques that I taught her into creating a more successful practice. She put out an advertisement when she'd never done that before, she started a facebook page and got a lot of likes, and I was able to support that by recommending her page through my page.
Another one of my students who had been working in retail, she found she had a gift for giving readings and clearing space, and she started to be asked by people to come to their house and clear some of the energy there that seemed to be troubling them, and she had some really interesting experiences and it started to become a practice for her just naturally. Now she's starting to do that and actually create a practice based on how she learned and grew in the program.
I also train instructors in practical Reiki in a course that's approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. I can actually train instructors for that particular course and they can teach nurses and offer them credit hours, which is something that in the United States is pretty important. For nurses I believe they need to get 12 credit hours a year in continuing education and this course is approved not just in Ohio but in most US states. When I train an instructor in this course they get on the list of faculty and it gives them an opportunity to actually earn good money as an instructor with credibility and this backing of the Ohio Board of Nursing which is pretty important and so I do have several students around the country who are teaching this practical Reiki for nursing course and doing so quite successfully.
The main benefits are that nurses can incorporate it into their patient care which then improves the patient care. Then the hospitals can actually get more funding when patients report a good level of care in their evaluations. Patients have to do evaluations after their stay in the hospital so it's a situation that is directly affecting the hospital funding through Medicare. It can all come back to making the nurse look good because the patient has a better experience where they are bonding with their nurse and through their healing experience the patient feels more cared for.
With Practical Reiki it's very easy to do, and it actually is very easy to incorporate into the very busy life of a nurse already.
That's an amazing program and it's something that definitely needs to be copied. I would certainly love to read up on it and it might be something that we want to roll out at a later stage in some of the European countries so that's amazing thank you for sharing.
Absolutely, you can find it all on my website practicalreiki.org that takes you right to the Practical Reiki page and you can read up on various things and click your way over to what interests you. I’d certainly be happy to discuss with anyone who is interested.
There's a contact form right on my Reiki Awakening Academy page and that's probably the easiest way. I run another website as well called AMoment4Me.com and that is for self-care for busy people that includes 30-second ways to balance your mind, body, spirit, and emotions to increase energy, productivity, leadership and mindfulness. It includes something to do for 30 seconds to bring yourself to the present and help decrease your stress level and help your life really be more meaningful.
I also have a book book called "A Moment for Mom" just for new moms or any mother. That's just another thing that I really care how about health and even a busy person can find a way to balance themselves to have a better life, to become mindful without spending a lot of time, but that's something I do extra in my spare time aside from my regular practice and the school of course.
One of the objectives of the the charity Relief From Pain is to use cutting edge technology for measurement that is currently being developed. Now it's maybe used by hospitals to have better understanding of their medical and technical data or it can be used by pharmaceutical companies in clinical trials or in other medical research. What do you believe are the challenges with measuring complementary therapy and for the medical community to understand what it is that we do and how it can help their patients?
I think the biggest challenge is that Reiki is invisible, it is subjective in the way that it helps people. We can't always predict how the Reiki is going to help. I can't say for sure that it's going to cure this or that on a person or relieve this or that - it may do something different, it may be blocked by that person's mental or subconscious processes for whatever reason - there are so many subjective factors that it's very hard to predict.
However, the good side is there are being studies done about the effect of Reiki at the Cleveland Clinic. A friend of mine who is also a practitioner is leading a study right now the effects of Reiki on Gulf War Syndrome patients, which is a form of PTSD in returned combat soldiers. The study is measuring the effects of Reiki versus acupressure, where the patients are having sessions and both.
Practical Reiki is the one that I developed and it also takes a lot of barriers away. There is a stigma sometimes with Reiki in the traditional format that it's a little strange, I suppose, or mysterious because it's symbols and hand positions that makes it seem like it's a ritual or quasi-religious sort of thing which of course it isn't. But of course those things can be strange in a medical setting so that's a reason why Practical Reiki is perhaps more easily accepted because it doesn't really involve any of that. But again, in the challenges of measuring the effectiveness and predicting the effect in the invisible qualities of Reiki are hard to defend for people who really want to see something.
I would like to add that you know there are some people who wonder if online teaching is as effective as in-person, especially when it comes to Reiki. That's a common thing that I hear out in the community, especially on Facebook groups and forums talking about Reiki saying "how can a person learn online? Doesn't an attunement need to be passed in person?" and my firm answer is no. I know it doesn't have to be passed in person. It works in distance because we're all connected by one energy source which is how regular energy passes from person to person but not even from people, it comes from the Universe and people can facilitate it.
As long as you have a teacher who cares and is 100% committed to the student's confidence and success, Reiki can be learned just as well online as in person. If you get a teacher who is effective, passionate, and absolutely caring, you will definitely be fine. I also personally offer lifetime support to every one of my students. If they need to they can contact me anytime with questions, comments, feedback, if they need help or just to say hi. I am completely responsive and available because I love this work and I care so much for every student and I want them to love it the way that I do.
Thank you Alice for your information and speaking with me today, it's been really beautiful.