Reiki Supported by Medical Studies

For those of you interested in Reiki, but remain somewhat skeptical – please read this article about the acceptance and use of Reiki in many major medical facilities and the controlled experiments that have scientifically proven that it works.

Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study

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After decades of often disputed validity, the effectiveness of Reiki, a holistic energy treatment is gaining new respect within the medical community. Not only are highly reputable medical facilities throughout the U.S. offering patients alternative healing programs such as Reiki, those facilities are analyzing the benefits of their programs and are submitting them for review and compilation. The results are nothing short of remarkable.

A Brief Explanation of Reiki

Reiki is an energy healing treatment that works holistically; on the whole body, mind and spirit. Not a system of religious beliefs, Reiki is simply a relaxing treatment whereas natural healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner (acting as a conduit) to the body of the recipient. The purpose of a Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle bodies energies and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies.

The International Center for Reiki Training has estimated that there are 4,000,000 people throughout the word who have taken at least one level of Reiki training. There are three traditional levels of expertise.

Today, Reiki is offered free of charge in more than 800 American Hospitals as a means to accelerate the healing process and to alleviate pain.

Those hospitals are listed on this PDF document which may be downloaded here.


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Why Reiki Has Been Discounted

For years Reiki, along with other methods of holistic therapies were looked upon with disdain, even contempt from medical associations, practitioners, mainstream scientists and clerics. The idea that the human body was permeated or surrounded by an invisible, etheric body of “life force energy” was considered to be no less than nonsense.

These negative conclusions were formulated on the premise that “life energy” fields such as those accepted in China as Chi or qi, in Japan as ki and in India as prana , were “unseen” and “immeasurable” by traditional research or scientific instrumentation.

But now all that is changing.

Controlled Experiments, Improved Reporting

There’s never been a comprehensive list of controlled, evidence-basedresearch that was accessible to the holistic, medical, and scientific communities. It wasn’t until 2005 when William Lee Rand, founder and president of the International Center for Reiki Training and a pioneer in worldwide Reiki awareness formed the Center For Reiki Research and developed what is now known as The Touchstone Process.

What is The Touchstone Process?

The Touchstone Process is actually a peer review method for analyzing the current state of scientific studies done on Reiki programs in hospitals, clinics and hospice facilities throughout the United States. The process of critique is rigorous, impartial, and consistent and incorporates the best practices for scientific review.

William Lee Rand began formulating The Touchstone Process after developing the Reiki In Hospitals website, considered to be the most comprehensive compilation of hospitals offering Reiki treatments throughout the world.

The Touchstone Process is unique.  Never before have there been so many worthy studies of Reiki gathered, analyzed and evaluated within a single source.

What Are The Findings?

The most recent data analyzed (during 2008-9) shows strong evidence that Reiki is indeed responsible for a positive biological response in both humans and animals.

The strongest evidence (rated “excellent” in the Process) was reported in the most carefully controlled of all experiments; non other than laboratory rats. In both 2006 and 2008 stressed-out lab rats received Reiki treatments and they all showed significantly reduced stress, anxiety and depression responses. “Sham” or bogus Reiki treatments were given to the placebo group and they showed no reduction in stress, anxiety or depression.

Testing in humans performed between 1993 and 2006 showed ratings from Satisfactory to Excellent, all suggesting that the benefit of Reiki treatments were positive in controlling pain levels in humans. There were some “confounding variables”, which is typical in hospital (as opposed to laboratory) studies; however, the placebo Reiki treatments in this experiment were by contrast ineffective in controlling pain.

Other examples of Reiki studies performed in hospitals and universities may be found on this related site for Reiki research.

Reiki practitioners treat faculty and staff from Columbia University Health Sciences and New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Employee Health and Wellness Day

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New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus conducted one of the first studies ever performed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki treatments on the autonomic nervous system. This “blind, random study” included a Reiki treatment group, a “sham” treatment group and a “control” group. The testing began with all participants at “baseline” autonomic nervous systems levels. The results within the Reiki treatment group showed a lowering of these levels including heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These positive results led the team to recommend further, larger studies to look at the biological effects of Reiki treatment.

It’s interesting to note that Columbia/Presbyterian was one of the first hospitals to offer Reiki as part of their Integrative Medicine Program (CIMP). The now famous cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz brought tremendous attention to Reiki when he invited Reiki practitioners to treat patients during open heart surgeries and heart transplant operations. Dr. Oz is often quoted as saying, “Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals.”

Words of wisdom from an internationally recognized Reiki Practioner and author who had been published in peer-reviewed medical journals

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Reiki Passes Tests with Flying Colors

There have been many other controlled studies submitted to peer-journals and to The Touchstone Process for review. Ailments and disorders that tested favorably to Reiki treatment include:

1. Post operative pain after tooth extraction

2. Cognition in elderly, related to dementia/Alzheimers

3. Pre-operative relaxation and post-op pain

4. Pain in chronically ill patients

5. Depression and stress

6. Well-being in Reiki practitioners

As of 2009, The Touchstone Process has evaluated 25 test studies that appeared in peer-review journals evaluating the merits of Reiki Treatments. Taking into consideration only the most rigorously controlled studies, the team reported that 83% showed moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a viable, therapeutic healing modality.

Only one study proved solidly negative and that was for the treatment of fibromyalgia-associated pain levels. As is the case with conventional drug treatments, not all therapies prove to be effective.

Thinking Positively

Despite these findings and the impressive number of highly reputable hospitals offering Reiki Treatments to patients, there will be those who continue to deem Reiki and other forms of energy-medicine as being “nonsensical”.

As recently as 2009, reviews of randomized studies”of Reiki research conducted by Edzard Ernst, M.D., Ph.D. and his colleagues at the University of Exeter, concluded that most were poorly designed and presented insufficient evidence to suggest that Reiki was an effective method for healing any condition.

That same year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops came out with a statement urging Catholic health-care facilities and clergy not to promote or support Reiki therapy. They issued a statement emphatically concluding that Reiki cannot be an effective method of healing “within the findings of natural science or in Christian belief”.

One can only look to the future of science and the evolution of scientific testing, evaluation and responsible reporting which began with The Touchstone Process to alter these perceptions.

The good news is that in a press release dated Sept. 15th, 2008, The American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock stated, “”Complementary and alternative medicine has shown great promise in supporting and stimulating healing. It’s one of the many tools hospitals look to as they continue to create optimal healing environments for the patients they serve.”

According to a 2008 AHA the survey, 84 percent of hospitals indicated patient demand as the primary rationale in offering complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services including Reiki and 67 percent of those surveyed stated “clinical effectiveness” as their top reason.

65 of those hospitals are listed on the Center for Reiki Research’s website including-

  • Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center Campus, New York, New York
  • Yale–New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital Inpatient Cancer Support Services, San Diego, California
  • Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Citrus Valley Medical Center Cancer Resource Center, Covina, California

In addition, the American Medical Association (AMA) has added Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments to their directory of billable procedures.

Here are links to other medical journal articles on the positive effects of Reiki


A spokesperson from Columbia Integrative Medicine Program at the New York Presbyterian Hospital (CIMP) perhaps expresses it best, saying,

“I find the practice of Reiki very rewarding, as a practitioner. Patients have reported deep relaxation and a sense of profound healing, after one session. I feel that Reiki is a huge asset for any hospital setting, because patients sense that they are in a truly caring environment.”

As Reiki continues to become “a huge asset” for the hospital setting, analytical reporting such as The Touchstone Process continues to add to the much needed pool of evidence that Reiki is indeed a worthy, effective method for facilitating the healing process; one that can contribute to the betterment of patients everywhere and to the betterment of our health care systems.

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Reiki Share – What Is It and What Are The Benefits?

Over the last several months, we have been sponsoring a Reiki Share on Saturday afternoons at Collaborative Transitions Coaching for our students, and other Reiki practitioners in the area who would like to participate.

What Is It?

There are two Master/Teachers in the room participating in the share experience, along with several people trained in Reiki I and Reiki II.  We use this time as a forum to talk about developments and experiences we have had over the last one to two weeks, to try new techniques or swap tips on methods and hand positions we have found useful.  It is also a time for practice for newly trained practitioners.  More importantly, the more Reiki you receive, the more you heal and the more energy will flow through you so you can help others.  It is a great place to “swap” sessions with each other.

In addition, we are using this time to give Reiki to those who want it, but may not be able to afford it.  We have one client who shows up faithfully every week.  The Reiki we give her helps her to relax so she can get the full benefit of her chiropractic care, helping her heal from a spine/neck injury that nearly killed her.  It also allows her to go to the park and play with her five year old child.  Without the Reiki, her healing was slow and painful.  Now, she is making tremendous progress toward a strong recovery, and looking forward to a normal life once again.

What are the benefits?

Not only is it a wonderful experience to have two or more people treating you at once, the state of relaxation you reach is much deeper.  It also takes much less time to complete a full session since you share the hand positions among the group, with each person working on one side of the body only.  If you have at least six people there to give Reiki, you can cover all of the body and the legs, feet, arms and hands, as well.  Many more people can receive treatment in a relatively short period of time, with each person receiving Reiki for ten to fifteen minutes.

One of the things we have found is that when Reiki is shared in groups, we don’t pay quite as much attention to the traditional hand positions.  It is difficult sometimes to get several people in one small area.  However, we believe this is compensated for by the number of people treating one area:  there should be more than enough Reiki to go around!

What are we learning?

Reiki practitioners in the area are combining their Reiki training with other energy healing practices.  One of our participants works with Quantum Touch, and Shamanic healing at the same time as Reiki.  Several of us are familiar with Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine and have combined some of her meridian information and holds with the Reiki hand positions.  This works extremely well, and is enlightening in a Reiki Share situation.  We give feedback as receivers of the treatment in order to validate a practitioner’s intuition so that they might grow in confidence in interpreting what they are feeling.

Working with a Master/Teacher during a Reiki Share is an opportunity for further learning and refinement of the work that you do.  It is an opportunity to ask questions, validate intuition, and to become better through practice and a deeper connection with others.

Our Reiki Shares provide us with a platform for giving and receiving of support, encouragement and healing that is rarely found in today’s world.  It is an experience to be remembered!  And, one we would like to share.  If you like this idea, join us or start a Reiki group yourself.

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Overcoming Fear and Limiting Beliefs – New Offerings

It has been a beautiful week here in Lincoln, Ne.  The weather has been pleasant and the atmosphere around the Feiste household has been peaceful.  Slowly we are getting the spring cleaning in the yard and around the house completed in preparation for our daughter and son-in-law to arrive in early May.  We have plans in action for a baby shower in mid-May, with the Omaha aunts gearing up to provide a feast of fun and food.  Lord Byron, Alaskan Malamute, was interviewed for a position in a household of teenagers, and was rejected in favor of a much younger candidate (we laughed that ageism is alive and well, even in the dog world).  Karl submitted his request for retirement, so it is official and slated for September 30 of this year.  And, of course, I continue to delight in my encore career of coaching.

I am going to step off the beaten path a little bit here today.  I’ve been experiencing some convergence of the classes I’m teaching, the clients I’m coaching, and the work I am doing on building some additional classes and facilitating the Spiritual Growth Groups I hold on a monthly basis.  When this happens, I know there is something there I need to pay attention to, and share.

Some of you are aware that I am a Usui Reiki Master.  I was recently asked to teach a client Reiki so they could bring that energy into the building of their veterinary career.  I was delighted to take this on, and have been flying through the development of manuals to be used in this endeavor on an ongoing basis.

This week, another client asked that I hold a class on “Manifesting A Career that Works For You”.  Interestingly enough, I’ve been working on a book and workbook on this very topic.  It occurred to me that it would be helpful to hold some classes to “beta test” the exercises, and concepts – and now the request.

Dr. Heath Harding and I are about half way through the Create Change with Ease and Grace class, and we have a request to offer it again as two half day classes on Saturday.  This class is focused on discovering what prevents us from creating positive change in our lives, and how this prevention comes about through fear and limiting beliefs.

And, finally, our Spiritual Growth Group is discussing “Why Is God Laughing?” by Deepak Chopra.  One of the main topics of the book is fear and limiting beliefs.

If you are scratching your head, and trying to figure out where this is going, I understand.  The convergence that is occurring within these four areas, as I see it, can be wrapped up in three words:  Fear, Judgment and Resistance.  And, based on what I have learned over the last 50+ years, how we should be living our lives – Fear NOT, Judge NOT, and Resist NOT.  This gelled for me in the last week or so as I was reading a book called “How to Read the Akashic Records”, by Linda Howe.  (For a deeper understanding – please check out the blog links at the end of this article.)

So, I’m going to take a leap of faith here.  One of my limiting beliefs, and as a consequence the basis of fear, is that most people I know look to me for my pragmatic and factual view of the world.  They don’t see me as a deeply spiritual person.  And, I believe they would roll their eyes when I talk about the healing power of scents, herbs, homeopathic remedies, meditation, energy medicine, Reiki and EFT.  For the most part, I have not talked about the spiritual work I have been doing for years, and my strong belief in the ability of the unconscious and subconscious to manifest our fears and beliefs in amazing ways – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  We self-sabotage ourselves in so many ways by living our lives based on these fears and beliefs, and we do a REALLY good job of it.  Most of us are masters at it.

And, so I have been asking myself (and keep asking myself) – what if we knew what these were – what if someone could help us discover all the nuances of our belief system – what kind of life could we live then?  What if we could really pay attention to our values, strengths, talents and gifts, and bring those to the forefront every single day?  What if we could experience a major shift in the fear based spirituality many of us have grown up with, and begin to believe and trust in the essence of God (or whatever name you choose to call it – The Universal Source, Allah, Yahweh, etc.) that resides in all of us?  What if we had the deep and abiding faith to help us when things get tough to know that it only becomes harder when we resist, so if we just relax, it will get easier?  This was the beginning of my desire to become a coach, and it is what keeps me going as a coach even when my practice does a stutter step and I’m fearful it will never get off the ground.

As a consequence – even though I am fearful because of my own limiting beliefs, and I have been resisting for a while now – I am going to begin offering:

  • Reiki classes for those who would like to learn and experience more. These can be taken in a small group or on an individual level.
  • Reiki sessions for those who would like to experience the stress-relief and lessening of their resistance to life’s challenges.  Sessions can be solely to experience the benefits of Reiki, or can be used to augment personal and spiritual growth coaching sessions.
  • EFT classes for those who would like to learn and experience more control and understanding of their emotions.  These can be taken in a small group or on an individual level.
  • EFT sessions for those who would like to experience the stress-relief and lessening of their resistance to life’s challenges.  Sessions can be solely to experience the benefits of EFT or can be used to augment personal and spiritual growth coaching sessions.
  • I will begin offering half day sessions and individual coaching on “Manifesting A Career That Works For You”, a mixture of discovery of who you are REALLY, and pragmatic steps you can take to move forward in your job search.
  • Dr. Harding and I will be offering another “Create Change with Ease and Grace” class in a couple of months, and again in the fall.

All of these endeavors are wrapped in my belief that each person I work with is perfect just the way they are – and much of what they need is to shed their self-judgment, fears, and their resistance to who they are and the lessons to be learned in order to see that perfection.

 Sending love, joy, and gratitude for you, always!


Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator.  She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner.  Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life.  You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.   Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.

Related Links:

Guidelines for Living Life, Fear Not

Guidelines for Living Life, Judge Not

Guidelines for Living Life, Resist Not

Life is Perfect

Do you have days where you feel that life is perfect?  As I’ve been going through my own personal growth journey after leaving the corporate world and starting my own coaching business, I have been feeling this feeling of peace, calm and perfection more often and for extended periods of time. 

Now, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t issues to deal with.  There has been much that occurred that would have driven me over the edge before.  My journey has taught me that even though a situation or person may cause me to catch my breath or grit my teeth, I can more easily step back and look for what is real, see it for what it is, tell myself the truth about my reaction to it, and ease into the moment.  It’s okay for us to have our initial reactions – how we flow through them is key to the conversation. 

Starting this blog of personal introspection and musings about what I am being, thinking, reading, experiencing or doing in my life has completed me.  Not only do I have my business side – coaching business, career and personal life transitions (all what I would consider personal growth); and my healing side – Reiki, NLP, EFT and Fibromyalgia; I have my spiritual side that I have been struggling to find a place to express.  

I love to read and share what I have read.  I love to talk and share ideas with others of like mind, and create connectedness and see the light glow between us.  I love to encourage and support others as they walk their personal growth journey.  I am doing all that, and letting my light shine brighter and brighter each day.  I know that the universe is providing me with these opportunities and I only need to reach out my heart to move into them. 

Yes, Life Is Perfect.  I’m inviting you to join me in whatever venue you would like – business, healing or spiritual.  Let’s talk, laugh, cry, and experience the perfection of life together.



Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth coach, writer, and workshop facilitator.  She is also a Usui Reiki Master.  Georgia specializes in career, business and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life.  She is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life.    Her websites are, where you can find her blogs about business and career, , where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion, and where you can catch her thoughts on a wide variety of topics.  Georgia can be reached at (402) 304-1902 or you can schedule a 30 minute consultation via Automated Appointment.