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Reiki and Teen Angst

Reiki and Teen Angst

Acne, mood swings, growth spurts—we don’t mean to imply that adolescence is a disease, but sometimes it can feel that way. The flux and change that characterize the teen years can leave adolescents (and those around them) feeling out of balance. In times of stress, confusion, or illness, a little Reiki may go a long way toward smoothing out the rough spots.

Reiki, a Japanese rethinking of the “laying on of hands” school of healing, can reduce stress and gently enhance well-being. Reiki defines itself as a primordial life force, similar in spirit to prana and qi. Most Reiki practitioners work with the chakra system, the seven centers of energy in the human body that originated in yoga philosophy. Practitioners say they can make subtle shifts in their patient’s energy by gently touching the patient and sometimes by moving their hands over (but not on) the patient’s body. This noninvasive technique allows the patient to remain fully clothed.

“Reiki is great for teens because they don’t have to talk. It is rare for teens to want to tell their problems to anyone who is not their age,” says Pamela Miles, author of Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide (Penguin Group, 2006).

Miles says that Reiki works particularly well with ADD and ADHD because Reiki helps calm and balance. “Teens with ADD and ADHD respond very quickly,” says Miles. She has also seen great results for young people who have diabetes. “Reiki can help the kids release some of the negative emotions that surface in connection to treatment, and help alleviate some of the helplessness.”

Other studies show that Reiki helps reduce depression. A high school in Camden, Maine, provided Reiki treatments to its students after the school lost eight students to drowning, car accidents, and suicide in six months. The school reported that the Reiki helped students cope with their grief and distress.

One of the great things about Reiki is how easy it is to learn. Teens can learn to practice it on themselves or others—some practitioners also offer classes tailored to suit parents and teens together, in which parents and teens treat each other.

Hannah Grace Miles, Pamela Miles’ teenage daughter, has even become an advocate: “I would absolutely recommend Reiki to my friends, and I have in the past. A lot of [my friends] have expressed interest, especially at times of stress in school, like final exams or important sporting events, or at times of emotional stress.”

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3:21PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

I think I'll stick with prayer, thank you.

1:44PM PDT on May 15, 2012

As a Reiki master for over 10 years, I've never worked directly with the chakra system and do not know anyone who has. I have done strictly "hands on" and have helped hernia's, toothaches, headaches and other physical ailments. I do realize that people find ways to use it that others may not have thought of. I am happy to see that in this article.

12:49AM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:47AM PST on Nov 22, 2010

wow interesting article!

2:27PM PDT on May 14, 2010


10:08AM PDT on May 14, 2010
Try this article. That sound more like real reiki to me.

10:07AM PDT on May 14, 2010

Is this really reiki we're talking about? Reiki is a way of healing the body, not the mind, as far as I know. It can heal wounds and certain diseases that can be linked to a mental problem as can be read in books of Louise Hay.
But Reiki does not tackle mental issues directly.
'Most Reiki practitioners work with the chakra system', No they don't.
Not the 'pure' line of Reiki anyway, some branched of methodes maybe yes, but then it isn't Reiki anymore.

11:49PM PDT on Jun 14, 2009


9:46AM PDT on Mar 13, 2009

This is a wonderful validation for me, as I will be completing my Reiki I & II by end of March 2009. I would like to go further towards Master Level. Researching more on Reiki healings done and validated by major organizations are such a wonderful way to educate people that it is safe to use Reiki. This is a wonderful way to maintain one's health too.

9:20AM PDT on Mar 13, 2009

As a massage therapist and therapeutic touch practitioner for 22+ years, I know the benefits of Energy healing modalities. (I learned the Therapeutic Touch at a weekend seminar held at a hospital in 1985) I do however take slight issue with the Reiki branch of energy work, in it's "attunement" process... That sounds like Apostolic succession (the laying on of Hands to imbue pastoral authority within the Roman Catholic Church) to me. Having been raised in an Evangelical (Lutheran) household, I much prefer the more egalitarian approach offered to therapeutic touch practitioners. But what ever form it takes, energy work is good stuff for a myriad of ailments...

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