An exploratory study of reiki experiences in women who have cancer

Marilynne N. Kirshbaum, Maxine Stead, Serena Bartys

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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-confdence. Conclusion: Findings suggest that reiki could be a beneficial tool in the self-management of quality of life issues for women who have cancer.
LanguageEnglish
Pages166-172
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Volume22
Issue number4
Early online date27 Apr 2016
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Kirshbaum, Marilynne N. ; Stead, Maxine ; Bartys, Serena. / An exploratory study of reiki experiences in women who have cancer. In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 2016 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 166-172.
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In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2016, p. 166-172.

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