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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2016 Apr 2;22(4):166-72. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2016.22.4.166.

An exploratory study of reiki experiences in women who have cancer.

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1
School of Health, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia.
2
Alexandra House Spa, Huddersfield, UK.
3
Centre for Applied Psychological and Health Research, Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, University of Huddersfield.

Abstract

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-confidence.

CONCLUSION:

Findings suggest that reiki could be a beneficial tool in the self-management of quality of life issues for women who have cancer.

KEYWORDS:

Cancer care; Complementary therapy; Neoplasm; Palliative care; Reiki; Wellbeing

PMID:
27119403
DOI:
10.12968/ijpn.2016.22.4.166
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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