Reiki has been proven by research to aid in boosting mood levels and helping with symptoms of depression. Reiki is not a cure, but can be used simultaneously with any medications and therapies to increase the quality of life of a person suffering from depression. As a nurse and having a background in psychology, I know the effects depression can have on the whole person. People that suffer from depression are sometimes chemically imbalanced and feel trapped or “locked” and hopeless. Below are some of the benefits of Reiki and how they relate to depression (excerpt taken from an article found on iarp.org).
-Better sense of mental and physical balance. – Reiki may help restore a person’s overall sense of balance, both in the mind and the body. This may help to improve the person’s mood and help him or her to overcome feelings of guilt and/or sadness.
-Reiki is relaxing. – Depression is often accompanied by anxiety. However, Reiki can be relaxing, which may help to combat this anxiety. As the individual’s anxiety is relieved, his or her depression may improve as well.
-Reiki puts the client back in control. – Many people who are depressed feel like they are not in control of their own lives. When a client participates in a Reiki session, he or she is doing something proactive, thus restoring some of the feelings of control.
-Reiki allows the client to connect with another person. – One of the most common symptoms of depression involves withdrawing from friends and family or feeling disconnected from others. Reiki provides depressed clients with the opportunity to connect with a caring, compassionate practitioner, which may improve symptoms.
-Reiki relieves stress. – Stress can contribute to the development of depression, and ongoing stress can also worsen a depressed person’s symptoms. Reiki may help to relieve some of a client’s stress, which may in turn reduce the symptoms of depression.
See full article here: https://iarp.org/reiki-for-depression-3/