A True Story of Healing

A True Story of Healing

I had a really interesting experience with a chronic pain client who’d been away from bodywork for a month due to a surgery, that really illustrates the power of energywork.

This particular client has had numerous back surgeries following an accident about ten years ago; and suffers with extremely high average pain levels and has been taking very high doses of pain medications.  

I first saw this client this past summer, and had been performing myofascial release and craniosacral therapy with a little Reiki thrown in.  We had good success with that mix and my client was able to reduce the levels of pain medications taken and has had more ease of movement.  Generally, after a week, pain levels were still lower than before adding therapeutic massage to the pain management routine, and immediately following the weekly session, pain levels were reduced to a 2 or 3 on a scale of 10.

About a month ago, my client had to be hospitalized for another surgery.  The hospital refused to allow me in to continue the therapeutic sessions, and my client went without bodywork for a month.  As you can imagine, my client’s pain levels were very elevated when returning for the first therapeutic session.  

My client could only lie supine (face up) due to the surgery, I decided to perform Reiki coupled with craniosacral therapy.  I knew my client would be very relaxed, and I knew the pain levels would be lowered; but even I did not expect the success we had.  Pain levels after a single 1 ½ hour session were reduced from an 8 or 9 to a 2 on a scale of 10.  My client booked another appointment on the following day for another 1 ½ hours.

In my years of practicing Reiki I’ve seen some amazing things; but even I was blown away by the improvement in this client.  


We are bodies of energy; this energy extends throughout and beyond our physical bodies, and disruptions or imbalances in its flow correlate to physical, mental and emotional illnesses.  The healing art of Reiki addresses these imbalances to support good health and well-being.  Reiki alleviates pain and stress and promotes restful sleep, healing and relaxation, by rebalancing the energy flow throughout the body.  Relaxation in itself promotes a host of benefits for the mind and body including a heightened sense of well-being, release of muscle tension, and relief from anxiety and depression.  In addition, relaxation has been shown to help restore immune function and improve circulation, enhancing healing throughout the body.  Reiki is not only healthful, but pleasurable.  One of its greatest benefits may be the opportunity to let go and enjoy the experience of being nurtured and cared for.  Reiki may be practiced no matter what the state of health and when other forms of bodywork are inappropriate. 

What is Reiki?  Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy.  It is a non-invasive method of hands-on healing that taps into the energy referred to by philosophers and martial artists as ki in Japan, chi in China and prana in India.  The practice of Reiki is based on the teachings of a Japanese man, Mikao Usui, who taught and practiced Reiki in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Research into Usui’s work points to ancient Buddhist sutras and teachings of great Eastern masters, as well as his own meditation practice.  Usui put his inspiration to good use – over the next century Reiki spread throughout Japan and then the world.  Reiki is not massage, hypnosis, or a tool for diagnosing illness.  Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all the body’s systems and the normal regenerative processes of the body and mind.

Recent Research  Medical research has focused upon verifying Reiki’s effects rather than explaining how it works.  The results are impressive.  One study showed a “highly significant reduction in pain”, including cancer pain, following Reiki treatment.  Another study cited improvement in immune and nervous system functioning and increased mobility in patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and fibromyalgia.  At Columbia/HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, surgical patients decreased their use of pain medications, stayed for shorter periods of time and reported increased satisfaction with pre-and post-surgical Reiki sessions.

Reiki in Health Care  Used by a rapidly growing number of hospitals all over the world, Reiki complements medical treatment, natural therapies and massage therapy.  Reiki increases a caregiver’s ability to provide patient support and is easily practiced in all hospital environments from outpatient clinic to intensive care.  Reiki is being successfully integrated into numerous clinical settings to complement medical care and psychological counseling.  It is gentle enough to offer support and reduce the discomforts of pregnant women and can help ease the pain of childbirth.  Hospitals such as Tucson Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco and St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania have teams of Reiki practitioners available to a range of patients, including those with cancer or recovering from surgery.  Reiki is especially appreciated in hospice care where its ability to alleviate pain and anxiety for both patient and family members is so greatly needed.  

How is my client?  Following the second session my client’s pain was completely gone!  My client’s range of motion was essentially normal in all joints, with full rotation and extension in the spine and was within about 9 inches of being able to touch toes (actually touching the toes is a physical impossibility due to the hardware in the spine).  Having discovered the perfect therapeutic plan for this particular client, I am very thankful and grateful to be able to provide pain relief while improving this client's quality of life.

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