PRE/POST SURGERY with REIKI
The surgical experience need not be filled with fear and worry
Administering Reiki prior to surgery can be helpful to the person (or animal)
by preparing his or her mind/body for the procedure. Reiki works with the
natural healing process of the body. Since Reiki is a balancing and harmonizing energy,
it helps to release stress and tension and places the body in its
optimal state for healing.
How Reiki Sessions Helps Prepare for Surgery
Reiki sessions prior to surgery will help the person by preparing
his or her mind/body for the upcoming surgery.
Reiki works with the natural healing process of the
body to heal itself. Reiki is a balancing and harmonizing energy, it is known to release
stress and tension and places the body in its optimal state for healing.
Reiki is not just for physical healing.
Reiki works at all levels … physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
It is recommended that 3 sessions are ideal in preparing for Surgery.
Discount offered for packages of 3 sessions.
Our Reiki Sessions prepare one for surgery by deeply relaxing the body, mind and spirit.
We use guided imagery so one can prepare for upcoming surgery, you will also receive
healing statements to help prepare the body.
Clients will receive a guided meditation audio to listen to daily prior to surgery to help you deeply relax and reduce stress.
**The following article appeared in The Reiki Times, the official magazine of the IARP
Can Reiki Help Speed Healing After Surgery?
Every surgical procedure takes a toll on the body, whether it is a minor laparoscopic
procedure or a major surgery. After the procedure is complete, it will take time for the
individual to heal. Until healing is complete, the individual cannot return to his or her
normal life. In order to speed the recovery, surgical patients often spend time resting,
taking medication or participating in various types of therapy. Some people may also
schedule Reiki sessions with the goal of encouraging the body to heal more quickly.
The Stress of Surgery
Surgery affects the body in many ways. Some of the most notable effects of
Short-term effects of anesthesia.
The short-term effects of anesthesia may include drowsiness, sore throat, nausea,
confusion, itching and chills. Most people experience these symptoms most intensely on the day of surgery, but symptoms can linger for some individuals.
Long-term effects of anesthesia.
Some studies have shown that exposure to anesthesia may possibly affect the risk of various complications in some cases, including heart problems, even after the individual has recovered. One study showed a possible increase in the risk of death for up to two years following a surgical procedure. Risks are more pronounced for people who spend more time under anesthesia.
Limited mobility or function during recovery.
During the recovery process, individuals who have undergone surgery are often instructed to restrict their movement or avoid certain activities. As time goes on, the individual is able to regain more of his or her normal function, depending on how well the surgical site heals.
After every surgical procedure, there is always a risk for complications, including post-surgical infections, problems with the incision and more. During recovery, surgical patients follow doctors’ instructions carefully to avoid these complications.
Multiple research studies have explored the possibility of using Reiki to help patients who are preparing for or recovering from surgery. These studies have shown that people who participate in Reiki sessions before and after surgery are less likely to feel anxious than those who do not. Because anxiety may inhibit the healing process, it stands to reason that reducing anxiety through Reiki sessions may be beneficial to the healing process.
Depression is a common issue experienced by patients following surgery, especially if the surgery was complex or requires a long, painful recovery period. People who are struggling with depression are less likely to follow doctors’ orders and may therefore experience a more difficult, slower healing process. Failing to comply with a doctor’s instructions may also raise the risk of post-surgical complications. Studies have shown that Reiki may reduce depression and help people to feel more optimistic. Thus, people who participate in Reiki sessions after surgery may be less likely to feel depressed and more likely to be proactive in their recovery.
Stress causes inflammation to build up in the body, which may delay healing. Research shows that people who participate in Reiki sessions report feeling less stressed and more relaxed. People who have undergone a surgical procedure may be able to use Reiki to reduce their stress levels and encourage faster healing.
When the body is trying to heal from an injury, trauma or surgical procedure, good quality sleep is essential. Reiki produces feelings of relaxation for many clients, and people often report that they notice improved sleep quality after beginning Reiki therapy.
Pain is incredibly common after surgery. If the pain is severe, it may even slow the healing process by preventing the individual from participating in physical activity necessary to promote recovery. However, Reiki may reduce sensations of pain following surgery. In fact, one study showed that women who had undergone a hysterectomy experienced less pain during recovery if they participated in Reiki sessions before and after the procedure.
Reiki is completely noninvasive. During a Reiki session, the practitioner places his or her hands gently on the client in specific positions in order to encourage the proper flow of the client’s own ki or chi energy. In some cases, the practitioner may not need to touch the client at all. Thus, Reiki should not pose any risk of complications or side effects for patients who have recently undergone surgery. In addition, it can be used in combination with any other type of therapy, rehabilitation or medication the individual may need to aid his or her recovery.
That being said, it is essential for people who have undergone surgery to follow their doctor’s instructions carefully. Reiki is never a substitute for medical treatment after surgery, but it can be used to supplement this treatment and aid in the healing process. If you choose to participate in Reiki sessions, make sure that your practitioner knows that you have recently had surgery so that he or she can make the appropriate accommodations.