EdgeLIFE Healthcare, Inc. also includes in its senior care regimen forms of alternative medicine like Reiki. Reiki is an East Asian form of energy healing, which practitioners claim has been around for more than two millennia. The word itself is Japanese, a combination of the Nihongo words for “universal” and “energy.”
Reiki practitioners believe that there is a field of energy flowing around the human body. The energy flow can become obstructed by injury, among other factors, and cause illness. Reiki can help in clearing those tangles and blockages and restore the perfect flow of ki. Along the way, it also improves the person’s health.
Reiki is conceptually similar to various forms of East Asian medicine like acupuncture and acupressure. The concept can also be found in Chinese martial arts, particularly taichiquan.
When used in home care in Massachusetts, however, Reiki helps in helping elderly people relax and deal with stress. The deep breathing exercises employed in Reiki sessions help include calmness and relaxation. Because of this, Reiki can also be used to address anxiety as well as aggression, particularly from patients with dementia.
It’s important to note, however, that Reiki should only be an alternative therapy for the conditions stated above. It should not take the place of medical treatment and psychiatric therapies.