Perceptions of learners in a Reiki/Energy Medicine course toward facilitating a complimentary and alternative approach to medicine


  • Nancy E. Richeson, PhD, CTRS
  • Sophie Hill, BS



Reiki, complimentary and alternative medicine, therapeutic recreation, energy medicine, focus group


This article explored the perceptions of students who completed a Reiki/Energy Medicine course offered during the fall semester of 2009. One focus group was offered and scheduled during finals week after grades had been turned into the registrar’s office. Seven participants, five females and two males, volunteered from the 20 students who were enrolled in the course. Analysis of the data revealed an overarching theme of selfresponsibility in applying Reiki as a mindful practice in three specific topical areas: (a) gaining practical skills in applying Reiki with intention; (b) enhancing personal growth in reducing stress and expanding self-awareness; and (c) acquiring a sense of community through Reiki shares or certificate. Furthermore, the participants made recommendations on how to improve future classes. Overall, focus group participants found that the course was beneficial and would recommend it to other students interested in holistic and integrative health.

Author Biographies

Nancy E. Richeson, PhD, CTRS

Professor, Reiki Master/Teacher, Recreation and Leisure Studies, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine.

Sophie Hill, BS

Reiki Master/Teacher, Portland, Maine.


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How to Cite

Richeson, PhD, CTRS, N. E., & Hill, BS, S. (2010). Perceptions of learners in a Reiki/Energy Medicine course toward facilitating a complimentary and alternative approach to medicine. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 9(3), 25–32.




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