Reiki & Autism
Sally K. O'Brien, certified confidence coach, life coach and Reiki practitioner has written a book called "Live Autism with Soaring Spirits; Reiki Healing for the Entire Family".
Sally has conducted research on autism, interviewed parents of children on the spectrum and also provides Reiki services to children with autism. She can attest to the benefits of Reiki for Autism & Asperger's.
The following very informative information comes from Sally K. O'Brien's website:
7 tips to relief the high stress, anxiety, sleepless nights, worry,
fear, and doubt you experience daily as a loving person in the life of a
child on the autism spectrum.
Help special needs children develop self-esteem, self confidence, and the social awareness skills they need…
Reiki is a low cost, effective therapy which can help your
child deal with the challenges of sleep troubles, relaxation, anxiety,
stress, tight muscles, and in addition, empower your child to be
able to self sooth, gain confidence, and self esteem.
Dear parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and care givers of special needs children.
Thanks for coming to my website. I know you are busy,
have limited time, are stressed, are looking for a solution, want to
give your child the best life you can, want to be the best mother,
father, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, and caregiver you
I know that your child’s anxiety over social
interactions, anxiety during changes of the smallest degree are major
stressors in your life, as well as his or her difficulty in falling
asleep and staying asleep. I know also that for some of you the biggest
challenge in being a parent with a child with autism is being alone.
In my extensive research and interviewing parents of children on the
spectrum in writing of Sally's latest book, Live Autism with Soaring Spirits; Reiki Healing for the Entire Family, the common cry was, “I feel so alone…like I’m in a different time zone than others.”
And I know Reiki can help calm the fear of these overly-anxious little beings. It is not uncommon for autistic children to begin to sleep after the first session. Reiki is safe, natural, and can be done without even touching your child if he or she is extremely touch sensitive, stranger-shy, or hyperactive.
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
“We have done a pilot study of reiki massage for autistic children. The preliminary results are encouraging, especially when the parents are taught the 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.”
“The next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine.”
Mehmet Oz, M.D. (one of the most respected surgeons in
the U.S. and the Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, speaking on Oprah)
“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.”
Albert Szent-Gydrgyl, Nobel Laureate in Medicine
Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things, and New York Times Best Seller Healing Words