Moonstone Sanctuary

Holistic Wellness & Personal Development - Chicago NorthShore, IL

Reiki for the Special Needs
I discovered Reiki in 2008 when looking for a way to help me manage the emotional challenges of raising two children diagnosed with special needs. Since then Reiki filled my life, and the one of those around me, including my children, who largely benefit from it. Beside there is nothing like a calmer mom who can also share and practice with them.
Reiki is known as a Japanese healing practice that promotes balance, relaxation and overall well-being. It is classified as a biofield therapy by the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
The practice of Reiki includes meditation, breath-work, hands-on-healing on/above the body and more. Reiki balances body and mind creating feelings of peace, comfort and well-being. 
Over 800 institutions all over the United States use Reiki in treatments for pre/post-surgery to depression, anxieties, panic attacks, insomnia to name the few. Reiki is not a cure, but because of its balancing effects, it can offer particular relief, regardless of the cause. Reiki is also used in treatments for OCD, ADHD and Autism.  Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive healing technique that does no harm. The worst possible result would be no clear results. The best one would be to see some positive change in behavior, or state of being, such as peace, clarity and focus.

Main Benefits

Improves sleep 

Creates deep relaxation, releases tension and tightness

Calms anxieties and fears, promotes inner-peace 

Increases clarity and focus 

Improves confidence

Helps in overcoming grief, loss and trauma

Alleviates hyper-sensitivities 

Helps manage hyper-activity and self-regulation

Assists in treatment of obsessive compulsions, addictions and depression

Supports the immune system, boosts vitality 

Creates a better sense of being and overall well-being

Reiki encourages self-awareness and presence. It promotes a sense of connection with all living things, plants, trees, animals that children will carry forward into their relationships with other people. It gives children a way to deal with the stresses of growing up. It helps both parents and children feel calmer, more secure, balanced and confident
Reiki Research
Medical Papers - Reiki Medicine
A structured program of Reiki healing involving both children and parents/caregivers provides great benefits beyond the children, encompassing the entire family.
In an article in Autism/Asperger’s Digest Magazine in 2000, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PH.D., Coordinator for Integrative Psychiatry and System Medicine, Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona, said the following:
“We have done a pilot study of Reiki for autistic children. The preliminary results are encouraging, especially when the parents are taught Reiki along with visualization in between formal appointments with the therapist. The use of Reiki by parents and therapist appears to encourage communication; especially non-verbal communication children are calmer and have less self-stimulation."
Reiki lowers stress, helps sleep and supports general wellness. It gives the parent/caregiver an opportunity for some “me” time. It helped me become a more conscious and relaxed parent. This is something I personally find important. When we become clear and calm within ourselves, we can better support our children and those we care for. Children respond to OUR energy: a calmer parent creates a calmer environment and a calmer child. When we align to ourselves we can better support our children.
Reiki is simple and easy to learn, even children can learn it. It just requires taking a Reiki Level 1 class or my special program "My REIKI TOOLBOX"
"Know that your child chose you to be their parent because they knew you would give them the perfect opportunities to fulfill their life purpose" Dumari Dan