A recent Somniloquy with L&C blog spoke briefly about Reiki but didn’t go into any details on the subject. It is often classified as an alternative therapy or a form of alternative medicine. Concerning this blog, two questions should be answered. The first question simply is “What is Reiki?” The second question, as this is a blog dedicated to all things sleep, is “Can Reiki help a person to sleep?”
To answer the first question, “What is Reiki?” I enlisted the help of Reiki.org. Per their website, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.” What I experienced was something similar to getting a massage. The Reiki Masters came to me and worked on different parts of my body; however, in my case, they got very close to me but never actually touched me.
The second question of “Can Reiki help a person sleep?” is more subjective, and the answer might not be as cut and dry. As with many alternative therapies, a person first needs to believe that this modus operandi can work for them to see a positive outcome. For example, it is helpful if a person believes that they can be hypnotized for them to receive any positive effects of hypnotherapy. Reiki helps a person to remove negative feelings and thoughts, which is assistive in helping one to relax and, in turn, can help one to sleep. Often practitioners will play light, soothing music in the background, which is also a good complement to help one’s sleep.
I have explained that I have had the good fortune of participating in Reiki circles in the past. I remember feeling a sense of calm wash over me after each session. At the time, I don’t believe that I had the same sleep issues that I currently experience. For this reason, I don’t recall a difference in my sleep the night following any session. This isn’t to say that it didn’t occur, only that I want to provide full disclosure and I honestly do not remember one way or the other.
It’s understandable that Reiki, like many alternative therapies, is not for everyone. Maybe skepticism, availability of services, or maybe other factors would prevent someone from trying it. But if you are interested in trying Reiki to help you to sleep, the same way I would recommend getting yourself a comfy pillow, I would also recommend Reiki. It’s a drug-free option that seems to work for many. For this reason, my thoughts are “Try it. You might like it.”