Reiki (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a term used to describe a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing and a positive feeling of spiritual and physical renewal. This practice was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.
Reiki is open to people with any belief system and its benefits may include deep relaxation and the promotion of a calm, peaceful sense of wellbeing. The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies comfortably on a bed or couch, or sits on a chair. The practitioner gently places their hands, non-intrusively, on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. Reiki can be used on the person as a whole, or on specific parts of the body.
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We are introducing Reiki to support very sick children and adults, their carers and staff in areas of critical need at St George’s Hospital. From this, we will carry out well designed research to add to the evidence base into patients’ experience of Reiki in clinical settings.
Our target is to raise £90,000 to fund the ongoing work of eight carefully selected and experienced Reiki practitioners. They will first complete a voluntary six-month period of induction, training and practice at St George’s.
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