Reiki to be used to help children in hospital

Reiki treatment has improved sleep, fear, anxiety, distress and pain for children

Royal Alexandra Children’s hospital in Brighton has introduced Reiki therapy for its young patients.

The hospital’s official fundraising charity, Rockinghorse, has provided the money needed to provide four specialist Reiki therapists.

The therapists, who have been treating patients on a voluntary basis since 2012, are being funded for an initial three years.  The funding will allow the Reiki therapists to double the amount of time they are able to offer treatments, from five hours per week to ten.

They can provide massage and Reiki treatment for parents with children and babies on the unit, to help provide a sense of calm during what can be a very stressful time.

Consultant paediatrician Kamal Patel said:

“The Reiki treatment has improved sleep, fear, anxiety, distress and pain for children on our paediatric critical unit over and above what we can achieve through modern medicine.

To have such a fantastic team of people offering Reiki really helps our patients get better quicker.”

Therapist Ali Walters said:

“It is wonderful to be able to give both the children and parents an opportunity to relax and unwind.

So often parents tell me they are delighted that during treatment their child drops off to sleep or they see their child become more calm and comfortable. I am delighted that Rockinghorse is now funding our work so we can provide more therapists and treatments to support the critical care that is provided.”

Rockinghorse is the official fundraising arm of the hospital and raises money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment.

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