You feel trapped in a dark place where life is a struggle and getting through the day is a challenge.
You have no energy or motivation. You’re exhausted from trying to keep up and you just want to find relief in sleep (alcohol / food / drugs).
Some days you feel empty and numb, devoid of any emotion. Other days you feel hopeless and on the edge of tears. Other people don’t really understand and it’s easier to be alone.
The ‘black cloud’ of depression has taken the pleasure and fun from your life and you find it difficult to think clearly or make decisions.
You know you can’t stay in this dark place and you want to take a proactive step towards improving your mental health and wellbeing.
I know you, my sister.
Allow the healing power of Reiki to support your recovery from depression
What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a natural energy healing therapy that brings the mind, body, heart and soul into balance and harmony. In the Western world, it can be difficult for the logical mind to understand Reiki as we tend to focus on the physical body that we can see and touch. However, all living things have an ‘energy body’ that exists within and around the physical body. When this energy is strong and flows freely, we experience good health and a sense of wellbeing. When the energy becomes weakened or blocked it can impact us mentally and physically. Taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing means taking care of all aspects of what it means to be human, and this is where the healing power of Reiki can help.
How can Reiki help relieve the symptoms of depression?
I use the metaphor of a dark, heavy overcoat to describe depression. The overcoat smothers you and it’s uncomfortable: too thick, too tight and so heavy it’s a burden to carry. Over time, the overcoat colours your world grey, affecting how you see yourself, your relationships and the world around you. Reiki helps you unbutton the overcoat, take the heavy burden off your shoulders and let the overcoat fall to the ground. Reiki reminds you that the dark, heavy overcoat of depression is not who you truly are, and it sets you free to re-discover the joyful soul that has always been hiding within.
“Three days after my first Reiki treatment, I woke up and felt different. Something had changed but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
Then I started to remember… this is what happiness feels like.”
KN – Reiki Client
The healing work that takes place during the Reiki treatment will:
- Cleanse, balance and strengthen the energy body: clearing blocked or stagnant energy, restoring the normal flow of energy and reinforcing the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
- Focus on the head to release the energy that is contributing to the depression. When working with clients who are struggling with depression, the energy around the head is either low or turbulent and demands of lot of Reiki healing.
- Release the negative energy of past events and emotional trauma that may be the root cause of the depression.
- Deeply relax the mind and body to let go of what you no longer need and help you reconnect with your true self.
- Over time, Reiki helps you return to a place of mental peace and emotional balance.
A Reiki treatment is a comforting, nurturing experience: the ultimate act of self-care when you need it most. This is time out of your everyday challenges: to voice your thoughts and feelings is a safe, non-judgmental space and detach from your worries. During the treatment, you remain fully-clothed as you lie on the therapy couch with blankets and pillows. All you need to do is close your eyes, relax and enjoy the calming music.
What does the research say?
There are a number of well-designed research studies that prove Reiki can relieve the symptoms of depression. The first study compared the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Reiki in reducing the symptoms of depression in teenagers (1). The study found Reiki significantly reduced the symptoms of depression over the 12-week treatment period, even though the Reiki group only received 20 minutes of Reiki once a week whereas the CBT group received 90 minutes of CBT twice a week!
The second study explored the effectiveness of Reiki in reducing depression in elderly people living in nursing homes (2). Reiki significantly reduced the symptoms of depression over the 12-week treatment period and at the end, the scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale were much lower than the control groups.
Another study tested the long-term effectiveness of Reiki on the symptoms of depression and stress (3) and found that Reiki significantly improved the symptoms of depression at the end of the six-week treatment period and the improvements remained one-year after the treatment!
The scientific research studies show there is strong evidence to support Reiki as a therapy to reduce depression and anxiety and improve mood.
“I was very nervous about my first Reiki session but Emma was warm and welcoming and quickly put me at ease. She gave me time to talk about how I was feeling and through her skilful questioning, I came away with proactive things I could do to lift my mood. The Reiki treatments are my time to look after myself, to relax and recharge. I leave feeling so much better, energised and with a spring in my step. I have started to remember who I used to be before the depression set in and feel much more positive and hopeful these days. Thank you Emma for helping me on the road to recovery.”
MD – Reiki Client
What do my clients say?
While Reiki is still misunderstood, the scientific research results are helpful for validation, but it is the personal feedback from my clients that is truly meaningful.
My clients tend to come to Reiki when they are working with their doctor or mental health professional and they want to include a complementary therapy that takes a holistic approach to their mental and physical wellbeing. They often arrive for their Reiki treatment feeling low and under a ‘black cloud’ and leave feeling lighter, with a sense of peace and better able to cope with their day-to-day challenges. Over time, many of my clients report a much-improved mood and renewed sense of hope. It is a great honour to witness my clients shake off their dark, heavy overcoat of depression and watch them blossom as they re-discover happiness and peace.
“When my Mum passed away, the grief seemed to get worse and my doctor diagnosed me with depression. I took anti-depressants and took part in CBT and while the low mood wasn’t so bad, I didn’t feel much of anything. I was stuck in this place of grey nothingness. I knew I couldn’t stay like this forever so I turned to Reiki and it has transformed my life. Reiki helped me to see that I was still carrying the pain of my parents’ death with me and through regular treatments, I was able to release the energy of the grief and emotional trauma. Reiki helped me to see the beauty and colour in the world again, and find joy in the little things. Reiki also helped me to look to the future, excited about the possibilities of what was to come, and that’s when I decided to train as a Reiki practitioner myself. Reiki was my light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel and will forever be grateful that it came into my life when I needed it most.”
Emma Hackett – Reiki Master Practitioner
Reiki is a wonderful complementary therapy that supports your recovery from depression. By promoting relaxation of the mind and body, reducing stress and helping you sleep, Reiki offers profound improvements to your mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing.
Reiki can complement medical or psychological care but it does not take the place of conventional medical treatment. If you suspect you may be depressed, please visit your GP and seek help from a specialist medical professional. You may also find the following UK websites helpful:
Mind – www.mind.org.uk
Provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Samaritans – Call 116 123 at any time, from any phone for free, or visit www.samaritans.org
Cruse Bereavement Care – offers support and counselling for anyone affected by bereavement. www.cruse.org.uk
SANE – a UK mental health charity that works to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. www.sane.org.uk
(1) Charkhandeh, M and Talib, MS and Hunt, CJ. The clinical effectiveness of cognitive behaviour therapy and an alternative medicine approach [Reiki] in reducing symptoms of depression in adolescents. Psychiatry Research, 2016. Link to study
(2) Erdogan, Z and Cinar, S. The effect of Reiki on depression in elderly people living in nursing homes. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge.
(3) Shore, AG. Long term effects of energetic healing on symptoms of psychological depression and self-perceived stress. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 2004. Link to study