An exploratory study of reiki experiences in women who have cancer

Marilynne Kirshbaum, Maxine L Stead, S Bartys

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    Aims: To explore the perceptions and experiences of reiki for women who have cancer and identify outcome measures for an intervention study.

    Methods: A cross-sectional qualitative study of 10 women who had received reiki after cancer treatment was conducted. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed and coded using framework analysis.

    Results: Key themes identified were: limited understanding of reiki prior to receiving any reiki; release of emotional strain during reiki-feelings of a release of energy, a clearing of the mind from cancer, inner peace/relaxation, hope, a sense of being cared for; experience of physical sensations during reiki, such as pain relief and tingling; physical, emotional and cognitive improvements after reiki, such as improved sleep, a sense of calm and peace, reduced depression and improved self-confdence.

    Conclusion: Findings suggest that reiki could be a beneficial tool in the self-management of quality of life issues for women who have cancer. © 2016 MA Healthcare Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)166-172
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
    Volume22
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2016

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    An exploratory study of reiki experiences in women who have cancer. / Kirshbaum, Marilynne; Stead, Maxine L; Bartys, S.

    In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Vol. 22, No. 4, 20.04.2016, p. 166-172.

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