Decrease Work-Related Stress and Increase Productivity with Reiki
According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) an estimated 500,000 people in the UK each year experience work-related stress at a level which they believe to be causing ill health. Nearly 5 million people in the UK state that they feel “very” or “extremely” stressed at work.
Stress-related illnesses cost UK businesses approximately £3.7 billion each year.
Employers are looking for ways to decrease stress in the workplace in order to combat this growing issue.
Reiki is a safe, non-invasive method of reducing stress which can be done during your employee’s scheduled break.
Effects of Stress in the workplace
Work-related stress accounts for over one-third of all new incidences of ill health in the UK. Each of these incidences results in an average of 30.2 working days lost. In 2006/2007 nearly 13.8 million working days were lost as a result of work-related stress, depression and anxiety!
Stress is a normal part of living, but when pressures of work become overwhelming it can cause a decrease in productivity and problem-solving abilities; and, an increase in employee absenteeism and work-related illnesses.
The Benefits of Reiki in Stress Reduction
Numerous studies have been conducted on Reiki and its role in reducing work-related stress levels in nurses.
One such study looked at the effects of Reiki on the Autonomic Nervous System which regulates blood pressure, the heart rate, and breathing. The results showed a significant decrease in blood pressure and heart rate for those receiving Reiki compared to those in the control group and a group receiving a placebo. (1)
A study reported in the Journal of Advanced Nursing showed biochemical and biological changes indicative of increased relaxation. (2)
In 2010 a study on the effect of Reiki on work-related stress of registered nurses showed that those nurses who received Reiki perceived themselves to have decreased stress levels. (3)
I believe these studies can be extrapolated into the general workforce.
Reiki has been shown to decrease muscle tension and promote relaxation not only while a treatment is being given but for a number of hours afterwards.
People receiving Reiki have reported they feel calmer, more relaxed, and better able to tackle problems which they may face.
Reiki can help employees to develop skills to manage stress better, resulting in:
- Improved productivity
- Improved health
- Increased energy
- Improved concentration, focus, and self-confidence
- Better decision-making
- Improved relationship with employers
This will result in direct benefits for the employer, including:
- An improved relationship between employer and employee
- Fewer hours lost due to absenteeism and absence for medical appointments
- Increased productivity
- Improved employee performance
- Reduced direct and indirect health maintenance costs
- Reduced workers’ compensation and disability insurance payments
1.Nicola Mackay, Stig Hansen, Oona McFarlane. Autonomic Nervous System Changes During Reiki Treatment: A Preliminary Study. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. December 2004, 10(6): 1077-1081.
2. Diane Wind Wardell PhD RNC, Joan Engebretson DrPH RNC. Biological Correlates of Reiki Touch Healing. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 439-445, February 2001
3.Cuneo CL, Curtis Cooper MR, Drew CS, Naoum-Heffernan C, Sherman T, Walz K, Weinberg J. The effect of Reiki on work-related stress of the registered nurse. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 2011 Mar;29(1):33-43
If you are interested in further information about Reiki in the workplace, please contact me.
- Managing the Causes of Work-related Stress (lawatworkci.wordpress.com)
- Reiki Health Benefits (caringtouchspa.com)
- Unnoticed and Ignored Benefits of Reiki Therapy (curesbyreiki.com)
- What’s your employer’s approach to mental health? (economicvoice.com)