What is it?
Reiki is an energy healing treatment that incorporates the body, mind, and spirit. Reiki is not a religious practice; it is simply a relaxing treatment where the reiki practitioner serves as a conduit to help provide natural healing energy to the body of the recipient. It can be used to relieve stress and pain, release emotional blockages, assist in natural healing, and balancing the body’s energy.
Sessions last anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
The best thing about Reiki, is that a healing session can be done both in-person, or remotely! YES! You heard me! Remotely! You don?t even have to be in the same room as the practitioner!
It’s safe to say I was as skeptical as you might be right now, that is, until I experienced it myself, as both a client and a practitioner.
Reiki is not easy to explain to someone who has never tried it. I think the best way to explain it is, feeling is believing. Think of it as recharging your battery!
Who can benefit?
Anyone can benefit from Reiki! Adults, children, even animals can benefit from Reiki! The purpose of this article is to discuss the benefits of reiki for individuals with Parkinson?s disease, but in no way do I want to discount care partners/caregivers/family members- you are all welcome and you can ALL benefit!
The only thing that is requested is that you attend your session with an open mind and an open heart!
Are there studies on the benefits of Reiki and Parkinson’s? The answer is yes. However I would be lying if I told you this is an evidence-based practice, so I understand there are a lot of misconceptions about it. What I bet you didn’t realize, is that reiki is used in hospitals all over the world. The Touchstone Process is a peer-reviewed method that analyzes Reiki programs in hospitals all over the U.S. you can learn more about their work here: http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org.
With all energy work, much of the information comes from anecdotal evidence from people who have experienced it. The problem is, how do you measure reduced stress, a greater sense of wellbeing, calmness, etc?
Let’s take a second to look at the benefits from a placebo standpoint. When people believe they will get better, they release dopamine. We all know Parkinson’s medication is far from perfect! So, my question is, why not try something that could potentially activate dopamine within your own system, with little to no negative side effects? Parkinson’s symptoms can worsen with stress, so any form of relaxation can only benefit, makes sense right?
I, in no way claim to have the magic secret to cure, fix, reverse, or heal anyone from Parkinson’s disease. I am also not a medical doctor, so I also encourage you to discuss Reiki with your doctor, as you would for any complementary therapies you are considering.
As I mentioned before, there are minimal, if any side effects of Reiki. Please keep in mind each person’s experience is going to be different. This list is tailored to Parkinson’s Disease symptoms and the benefits that can be experienced with Reiki.
Temporary reduction of tremors
Lowering blood pressure (also great for care partners!!)
Reiki can heal organs affected by Parkinson’s medications*
Improvement in function of brain-blood barrier- which helps Parkinson’s mediation be delivered to the brain more efficiently*
Regulate dopamine levels*
*These benefits are according to the European Parkinson?s Disease Association (EPDA)
Reduces depressive symptoms
Mental and cognitive alertness
Balances emotional state
Increases sense of control (mind and body connection)
If you’d like to see for yourself how Reiki can help you, please don?t hesitate to call or schedule a free consultation today!
Renee Lorch, M.A., LMFT, Reiki Practitioner
S.A.G.E. Holistic Health & Wellness Center
714.391.3853 ext 9
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1. The Center for Reiki Research, Touchstone Project, Conclusion, http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org.
2. European Parkinson?s Disease Association (EPDA), https://www.epda.eu.com/living-well/therapies/complementary-therapies/reiki/#:~:text=Some%20of%20the%20potential%20benefits,more%20efficiently%20to%20the%20brain