REIKI IN THE UK (2018)
by Eugenio Lepine
The United Kingdom has always been at the forefront of technology and integration. This is why Reiki therapy is being integrated into the health system; all along the evidence that indicates that patients benefit from it.
CANCER RESEARCH UK
There is no better way to start this article than talking about the most prestigious cancer research and awareness charity in the UK. Funded in 2002, this is the world’s largest independent cancer research charity; continuously producing research about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease. Around 40% of their budget goes to basic laboratory research relevant to the molecular basis of cancer.
Cancer Research UK also aims to provide verified and updated information to the general public, the scientific community and healthcare professionals; also publishing the medical journal: The British Journal of Cancer.
It is no surprise then to find that their Reiki Therapy page is one of the best I have ever found from any medical organization or charity. It explains a little bit about history, the uses of Reiki in cancer treatments, displays several links that link to scientific studies about Reiki and finally is a list about some of the most recognized Reiki organizations.
The Pancreatic Cancer UK website also has information regarding complementary therapies, and they refer that: Reiki is a gentler type of massage where the therapist’s hands gently brush over the body. This may be useful for people who can’t have a regular massage.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON HOSPITAL
The complementary therapy team is based at the Macmillan Cancer Centre, where their services are available to all their cancer and hematology patients, as well as their carers, and even their relatives! Some of the therapies that are available include Reiki, massage, reflexology, and others.
There is a YouTube video from the BBC TV show Inside Out, which relates the experience from a breast cancer patient at the previously mentioned UC London Hospital. “I must say, I am a little bit skeptical about this treatment”, she said before her first Reiki session, but she trusted the suggestion from her consultant.
During the session, she felt the normal heat and tingling that patients feel, and after the session, she felt drained and couldn’t move. “I wouldn’t feel the impact of the treatment, until the next day. The following morning, I really began to feel the effects of the treatment, I felt completely recharged”.
COUNTESS MOUNTBATTEN HOUSE, SOUTHAMPTON
This facility is an NHS palliative care service that covers the Southampton area. Along with the Southampton Hospital Charity, they both support the Hazel Centre, which is a Day Care establishment that has two main programmes and also additional activities and complementary therapies. The main programmes are based on psychological support and a therapeutic clinic that “focuses on providing the patient and their family with information to help you understand the options, support, and services that are available to you, enabling you to make your own decisions. This is sometimes described as empowerment”. And yes, among the complementary therapies Reiki is included.
SOUTHAMPTON GENERAL HOSPITAL
This hospital offers complementary therapies alongside orthodox treatment, as they realize that they promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and relieve stress-related symptoms. These therapies include aromatherapy, reflexology, and Reiki. They have posted online a Patient Information Factsheet which is very informative and practical.
ST. GEORGE HOSPITAL, LONDON
The Full Circle Fund Therapies is an award-winning charity that relies on integrative medicine in order to improve the quality of life of patients that are treated at St. George’s Hospital, in London. Their mission is to introduce, evaluate and research Reiki in clinical practice. Actually they are working at the funding and logistics of an interesting project, called Connecting Reiki with Medicine, whose aim is to do well designed research studies about the benefits of Reiki.
SHERWOOD FOREST HOSPITALS TRUST
The King’s Mill Hospital is being funded by the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which provides acute healthcare services across their three hospital sites – King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community. The Welcome Treatment Centre is part of the King’s Mill Hospital, and it is specialized in complementary therapies, where Reiki is included, as well as reflexology and others.
SOUTH TEES HOSPITALS TRUST
Known as the largest hospital trust in the Tees Valley, they have 2 acute hospitals and other services in several community hospitals. At the Trinity Holistic Centre is where Reiki is being offered, and, as it is funded by charitable donations, they can provide up to 6 free sessions of reiki per patient.
CHERRYL LODGE CANCER CARE
Cherry Lodge Cancer Care is completely dependent on voluntary contributions (due to the cutting of the NHS and local government grants). Therefore it is an independent charity that is committed to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer, their carers, family, and friends. They work alongside the clinical care of the NHS in an area centered on Barnet and covering much of North London and South Hertfordshire. Oh, did I mention they offer Reiki?
IN REIKI WE TRUST
As you can tell from this article so far, the trusts are the main promotors and integrators of Reiki in the clinical settings. A very complete reference was written by Dori-Michelle Beeler, and her book “An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain”, displays an appendix with a list of 21 trusts that offer Reiki at their local hospitals.
But this post wouldn’t be complete if I don’t mention the Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust. Actually, the SBSHT had a big part in my original post, but now that I have updated it, I have decided to be fair and give it a single post of its own (click here to read it), because this Trust is doing what I call Phase 2, which is not only doing Reiki in Hospitals, but also being part of the clinical staff and having communication and feedback with other professionals, with its corresponding payment, so they are no longer voluntaries, therefore acknowledged as members of the medical community
PRIVATE HEALTHCARE AND REIKI
So far you can see that almost all Reiki coverage is being funded by Trusts, but there are some exceptions. BMI HEALTHCARE is an independent private healthcare provider, with a total of 59 hospitals and healthcare facilities (up to 2016) across the UK. And they have a Complementary Therapies Program in which Reiki Therapy is included.
Finally, as a complementary source, you can find here a complete list of NHS hospitals and other UK conventional healthcare institutions offering Reiki and other forms of complementary energy healing.