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Report - Reiki Retreat 2017 - What is New(s)

The Reiki retreat this year was a fascinating blend of right and left brained activity. While there was plenty of Reiki and prayers for the world and the US with her wildfires and hurricanes; we also had some really down to earth presentations on current medical studies on the efficacy of Reiki in hospitals and the use of Reiki in mid to large businesses to improve the bottom line. We were reminded that ours is two pronged work: A) Take stress from other people's lives and B) Collect Data.

A few interesting tidbits from the gathering:

Reiki and Business: Chronic, unseen, and repetitive stress in the workplace causes mistakes, employee absenteeism and employee turnover.

By bringing Reiki wellness programs into the workplace, practitioners have been able to show vastly improved bottom lines in fortune 50 companies. Comparing a 90-day pilot program to the previous 3 quarters, Reiki Wellness programs have successfully proved that a regular Reiki practitioner on site saves the company money by 1) Decreasing errors on the manufacturing line. 2) Decreasing down time of the line due to employee absences; and 3) Decreasing employee turnover.  By participating in free 90-day pilot programs; business managers have the ability to see what Reiki can do for the bottom line prior to signing a contract for ongoing services. 

Reiki and Science: Scientific studies continue worldwide on the efficacy of Reiki in several situations. Here are two interesting studies from 2016 and 2017:

Charkhandeh et al (2016) 188 depressed adolescents participated in a study to compare Reiki and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Results showed that Reiki reduced depression in adolescents but no better than CBT. The interesting part: those who received Reiki received 4 total hours of Reiki compared to 36 hours of CBT for the same results. 

Baldwin et al (2017) Effects of Pain, Anxiety and Blood Pressure in knee replacement patients both pre- and post- surgery. One small trial of 45 knee replacements tested for blood pressure (high and low), decrease in pain medication, and leaving hospital sooner. Interestingly, there were three test groups- 1) Standard medical care, 2) Reiki before surgery, after and at 24,48,72 hours after and 3) Sham Reiki. Sham Reiki uses non-practitioners following hand positions but not running energy to patients. (This category is necessary to compare the healing qualities of human touch vs Reiki energy.) In this trial, both Reiki and sham Reiki beat standard medical treatment in all levels. Reiki improved patient pain and stress levels up to 80%, and resulted in shorter hospital stays.

Medical trials continue to support using Reiki as adjunct to help traditional medicine heal patients with less drugs, less time in the hospital and less pain. Now THAT is something that the hospitals and insurance companies can measure and certainly something the patients can get behind! -SLHB

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For fun, here is the illustration of Chi used by Kanzawa Sensei at a Japanese zoo putting the reindeer to sleep! (And pretty much the rest of the zoo!) The second video is when Master Sensei came to the US. Enjoy! -SLHB