"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 to see the difference then.
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 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."
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.
>> You can read the whole interview with Alice Langholt here.
Alice Langholt is the Director of the Reiki Awakening Academy and lives in the Washington, DC. She teaches classes in Reiki and intuitive development and in addition, she has authored specific curricula in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers. Follow Alice on Twitter @ReikiAwakening.
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