Reiki and Disability
“Andrew is 26 with severe global developmental delays and is on the autistic spectrum. He attends Victoria Park day centre in Peebles, where he has regular Reiki sessions with Gisela. This treatment is proving very effective at alleviating some of the issues surrounding his condition. He is much less anxious and becoming less rigid in his routines, and more open to spontaneous activities. Since he started receiving Reiki treatment, he has developed a more normal sleeping pattern for the first time in many years. For anyone with degrees of autism, the smallest change to routine can cause major anxieties. Reiki seems to have an overall calming effect. It reduces Andy’s stress levels and fears.” Carole, Andy’s Mum
- Physical Disabilities
- Learning Disabilities
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrom
|I regularly work with disabled clients at a Day Centre in Peebles. They benefit from Reiki treatment in wonderful ways, both physically and emotionally. Many times, staff have gone out of their way to tell me about positive changes they have noticed in the service users after Reiki treatment. These include improved mood and energy levels, deep relaxation and improved mobility.Reiki provides a wonderful tool not only to reach out and improve the disabled clients’ quality of life. In my experience, it can also be a welcome additional tool for tuning into the disabled person’s needs. As a number of the service users I have worked with over the last two years don’t have verbal communication, they cannot easily express their needs or ailments. Working with body-feedback as we do in Jikiden Reiki when we identify ‘byosen’, this can be a wonderful additional tool for highlighting discomfort that the disabled person may not be able to communicate. I will never forget the expression of profound gratitude in the eyes of a middle aged disabled man, when finally someone could tell his carers about the pain he felt in his neck and shoulder area.
I have also found that simply by giving Reiki without judgement of what needs to happen and how, the disabled clients have been able to find their own process, and sometimes communicate more successfully. Staff at the Day Centre reported that the clients who had received Reiki were in a positive mood, more cooperative and able to communicate their own needs in a constructive manner. Reiki is a wonderful way to connect when language is not available to do so, and this connection can have wonderfully affirming results.
Case study: Reiki and autism