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Demystifying Reiki Through Research Studies

Suzanne McMurray, Reiki Master providing Reiki to another Reiki practitioner

Written by Sachiko Komagata

Hello everyone, you may have heard about Reiki at your local welllness center, hospital or doctor’s office.  What is it?  Eve Sicurella, experienced body worker interviewed Anne Vitale, Ph.D., APN, AHN-BC, Assistant Professor, Drexel University Nursing Program about Reiki research as below.

Reiki has been known to arouse controversy in some circles and gratitude in others.  I think the controversy arises from our inability to understand something we cannot explain while a feeling of gratitude arises as a result of relief of pain, sometimes physical, sometimes mental.

Reiki was not something I easily understood myself.  My first introduction was 14 years ago while in massage school.  I was surprised by my strong desire to take the first level training because Reiki was so,.. just so,… well different.    My desire was challenged by my left brain’s relentless questioning about the how and why of Reiki.  Over the years I’ve experienced sessions and each time walked away having a new relationship with my body and the world.  My anxiety and stress levels were noticeably reduced, my aches and pains seemed lessened and as a result, my perspective on the world was much different.    Even though I clearly noted these physical and mental changes, I wanted an explanation for what was happening.

Fast forward 12 years and I’m a student at Georgian Court enrolled in the Holistic Health Program.  I find myself doing a research paper on Reiki.    Much of what I came across lead me to understand Reiki in ways as I hadn’t been able to previously.  I’d come across a book by Pamela Miles which influenced me with its clear, understandable explanations that brought Reiki out of its mysterious status.  It was during this time that I met Anne Vitale, PhD, APN, AHN-BC, Assistant Professor Nursing Faculty for Drexel University as well as project facilitator and co-founder of the Center for Reiki Research.    Anne agreed to meet with me to be interviewed for this blog, so we got together for breakfast.  I learned a lot about not only research but the importance of a study well-performed.

The Center for Reiki Research (CRR) has been instrumental in not only organizing Reiki research but consolidating it, summarizing it, and making it easier to access.   This process (called “integrated review”) allows for easy access to Reiki information says Anne and just as importantly, creates the opportunity to produce more efficacious designs in future Reiki research studies.   Many studies done in the past cannot, by today’s standards, be considered credible due to not following basic design formats.  Because of the nature of Reiki and the fact there is not the technology to measure energetic changes that have occurred after a session, it is important to build a solid foundation upon which further and more extensive research might be done.

According to Anne studies thus far are “trending towards evidence” that Reiki can provide relief in cases of anxiety, pain management and depression.   “Western medicine is just beginning to recognize the value of Reiki in pain management”.   In fact, hospitals in New York and Philadelphia, and even closer to home at Community Medical Center, offer Reiki to patients.  Isn’t it something that what Reiki practitioners have known over the years is now being validated?

According to a Consumer Reports article in 2009, prescriptions were written for $9.9 billion in depression drugs alone.  That figure was up 3.3% from the previous year.   It is timely then that Reiki is becoming an adjunct therapy for management of pain, anxiety and depression and that CRR  is accumulating data about the emerging effects of Reiki on pain management.

Eve Sicurella has maintained a private massage practice since 1998.  Her extensive education includes a Certification in Holistic Health from GCU as well as training in various energy and physical modalities.  Eve has presented workshops at Lakewood Community Education Programs, Ocean County Women’s Council of Realtors and on behalf of the NJ Holistic Magazine

The Silent Hazards of Electro-Magnetic Pollution

Hello Everyone!

The following article is from the Energy Medicine class in the Master’s of Holistic Health Studies program. The article contains important information about steps you can make to improve your health every day, even against circumstances you cannot control.

Be Well!


The Silent Hazards of Electro-Magnetic Pollution: Become aware of what we are exposed to every minute of every day

Because of our advancements in technology, we are  constantly exposed to increasing levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

In the beginning, it was just speculation that EMFs were harmful however, during the past several  decades  a growing body of evidence from  the international  scientific community  reveals that man-made EMFs  are having deleterious effects on our health.

Rather than causing direct harm , researchers believe that  exposure to EMFs results in subtle changes to the cellular structure which have a cumulative effect over time.  As the  radio waves  rise and fall  (as cell phones do),  the EMFs disrupt cellular membranes by removing calcium ions.  This results in leakage of enzymes that seriously damage cellular structure.  Examples of  resultant  health  issues that  can be attributed to excessive cell phone use  include  an increase in thyroid cancer as well as  reduction in fertility.

The World Health Organization  recognizes electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a medical condition arising from exposure to electromagnetic pollution.  Frequencies to which we are exposed on a daily basis include:


                • Cell phones  AND Cordless  phones
                • E-book readers  &  MP3 players
                • Laptop computers
                • Computer terminals
                • Wireless internet
                • Cell phone radio towers
                • High Tension Power lines
                • Electrical appliances (microwaves, blankets, TVs, video game equipment)

Our hormonal system also suffers effects from exposure to EMFs.  Because our habits have incorporated technology into every aspect of daily life, many appliances are being kept in the bedroom and are being used overnight.  Exposure to EMFs suppresses nightly melatonin production because the pineal gland, the primary source of the hormone melatonin, is a light sensitive organ and very sensitive to electromagnetic pulses.    It is during sleep the body repairs and heals itself.  When this process is disrupted by unnatural energy sources, the body cannot efficiently replenish itself  which may lead to a suppressed immune system and eventually disease.  The production of melatonin is vital to human growth, overall health, and anticancer protection.  Inadequate melatonin levels have  been linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma, ovarian malignancies, and childhood leukemia.  Other hormones being researched for negative effects from EMFs  include testosterone, estrogen, serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline, and cortisol.

Even if one decides not to own a computer, cell phone, or television,  wireless technology is still unavoidable.  WiFi, radar, digital TV, home wiring, power lines, and cell phone radio waves are creating invisible radiation that is flooding our natural environment.  Electrical hypersensitivity’s most common symptoms include sleep disruption, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and muscular pain.  These symptoms can fit into the description of many diseases and disorders being diagnosed every day.  A 2006 study preformed inSweden estimated that fifty percent of the population will be electrically hypersensitive by the year 2017.

In an article by Helke Ferrie (Positive Health,  August 2011),  Ferrie states  in countries without power lines incidents of leukemia are less, that radiation contributes to autism and ADHD, and that  laptops and cell phones increase the chance of cancer by 40%.  (This was confirmed by a study in 2010 by the Swedish government study.)  Further, Ferrie states,  “the immune system…does its job through electrically charged biological substances such as neurotransmitters, hormones, and peptides …that transmit information at the speed of light”.    If the body  is being bombarded by electrical frequencies or radiation altering cellular function, then it is impossible for the immume system to adequately protect us.

According to the BioInitiative Report: A Rationale for Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields, studies indicate that long term exposure to EMFs pose increased  risk for  leukemia, brain tumors, breast cancer in both men and women, Alzheimer’s disease, reduced melatonin levels, as well as changes in brain function, nervous system, DNA,  and immunity.   This has led many doctors and researchers to explore and manufacture devices to protect the consumer from the bombardment of EMFs.   While there are many products that  claim to reduce EMFs,  limiting exposure  to  the  EMFs  is also recommended.   Interventions  such as keeping cell phones at a distance from  head , body and out of the bedroom , turning home routers off at  night, and spending time in Nature are extremely helpful  simple interventions .

Websites for more information on this topic are:

From Eve Sicurella and  Spring 2012  Energy Medicine   HH 520 class


Wellness Planning 101: A Strategy for Stress Reduction

Wellness Planning 101: A Strategy for Stress Reduction


Tuesday, March 13th




Casino Ballroom


Free Admission

STRESS… is our bodies’ way of protecting us and getting us ready for whatever we perceive to be a threat. Having an awareness of the physical and mental responses to a stress inducing event will put you in control leaving you focused to manage your life. This experiential workshop will review the causes of stress, the physical and mental responses, as well as management by way of healthy, empowering interventions.

Come out to listen to GCU’s Master’s of Holistic Health student Eve Sicurella and Suzanne McMurray speak and teach ways to cope with stress. This will be more than a lecture with tips and exercises to have you leaving feeling more relaxed.

Eve Sicurella is a nationally certified massage therapist who has maintained a private practice in Toms River since 1999. Her vast trainings in bodywork and energy therapies have expanded her ability to provide relief of chronic pain patterns in the body. Eve instructed at Garden State Center for Holistic Health Care as well as at Lakewood Community Education Programs. She has facilitated workshops on stress management for the Ocean County Women’s Council of Realtors. Her passion for writing has an outlet through a monthly “Musings” column in the New Jersey Holistic Magazine.

Suzanne McMurray is a registered nurse with a variety of experience in oncology, neurology, nursing administration and clinical research. She is a Reiki Master and received her Graduate Certification in Integral Theory from John F. Kennedy University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Holistic Health Studies at Georgian Court University.