Massage and Reiki to reduce stress and anxiety

DATE

2016

AUTHORS

Kurebayashi LFS, Turrini RNT, Souza TPB, Takiguchi RS, Kuba G, Nagumo MT

REFERENCE

Rev Latino- Am Enfermagem; 24: e2834
Published online 2016 Nov 28. doi: 10.1590/1518-8345.1614.2834
http://www.scielo.br

METHODOLOGY

Randomised controlled trial with 3 parallel groups
Inclusion criteria: Stress scale
Exclusion Criteria: 19 excluded
N=122
Arm 1: massage (n=40) (30 finished)
Arm 2: massage plus Reiki (n=41) (33 finished)
Arm 3: control group (no treatment) (n=41) (38 finished)

RESULTS AND COMMENTS

Statistically significant difference in stress levels between the massage + Reiki and the control group (p=0.014) = 33% reduction
Massage alone reduced anxiety, worry and wanting to be alone. Reiki + massage reduced physical symptoms e.g. headaches, exhaustion

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