Natural healers who include the body’s energy in their viewpoint see massage as a way to increase blood flow, oxygen, and our chi, or qi – or body energy.
Reiki practitioners also work with the body’s natural energy — or chi. A Japanese form of healing, traditional Reiki differs from massage in that it isn’t a vigorous, always “hands on” healing practice. Rather, Reiki uses only slight touch, along with 12 to 20 prescribed hand positions, in which the “energy” of the healer interacts the person who is being treated.
Reiki massage is a hybrid form of the two healing practices and is taught at some massage training institutes as a complementary modality.
Read about new research on the positive effects of Reiki on patients undergoing knee surgery below.
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“Patients undergoing knee replacement surgery who received three or four 30-minute sessions of reiki experienced benefits ranging from less pain and lower blood pressure to reduced use of pain medication and a shorter hospital stay, according to recent research.
The study, “Effects of reiki on pain, anxiety, and blood pressure in patients undergoing knee replacement: a pilot study,” involved 46 patients undergoing knee replacement surgery with an age range of 50 to 85 years.”