Reiki practitioners’ perceptions of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the experience, practice and future of Reiki

Abdurahman, Fatma and Payne, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5885-9801 (2022) Reiki practitioners’ perceptions of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the experience, practice and future of Reiki. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 46 , 101530. ISSN 1744-3881 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101530)

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Abstract

Objectives: This study examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the experience, practice and future of Reiki in the UK, including the personal impact of the pandemic on practitioners and their work, practitioner perceptions of the future of the profession and Reiki delivery, and practitioner experiences and views of distant Reiki in comparison to hands on or near the body treatments.

Method: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews was carried out with 10 Reiki practitioners. Interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis.

Results: Three themes were identified: adapting and growing with the challenges of COVID-19, Reiki for individual and community resilience, and moving from the mainstream hands on to lesser known distant Reiki.

Conclusion: While the COVID-19 pandemic personally impacted Reiki practitioners, they focused on turning adversity into opportunity to overcome a sense of disconnectedness and social isolation by providing social support and promoting individual and community resilience. Practitioners focused on self-care, personal development and reaching out to the community. Personal Protective Equipment was perceived as necessary for infection control but a potential barrier to the client’s experience of Reiki. They saw value in adapting their practice as part of the future of the profession by utilising new technology and distant Reiki healing, but were clear this could not replace in person contact.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): COVID-19 pandemic, Reiki, Practice
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 34476
Notes on copyright: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Depositing User: Nicola Payne
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 08:53
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2022 14:55
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34476

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