Reiki is a form of energy work practiced by many massage therapists, and has been shown to benefit clients in various ways, including increased relaxation and reduced anxiety.

A new study involving health care professionals diagnosed with burnout syndrome showed that those who received a single session of reiki experienced increased heart rate variability and body temperature, supporting the researchers’ hypothesis that reiki has an effect on the parasympathetic nervous system.

The November issue of MASSAGE Magazine will feature a full report on the study, “Immediate Effects of Reiki on Heart Rate Variability, Cortisol Levels and Body Temperature in Health Care Professionals with Burnout.”

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