Reiki for Vets provides complimentary Reiki treatments to Charleston-area veterans, particularly those with PTSD. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is administered to the client through the practitioner’s hands. It is both powerful and gentle and works in harmony with all other kinds of treatment. Reiki has been known to shorten healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce stress, and create optimism. Often, patients who receive Reiki leave the hospital earlier than those who don’t and have fewer complications.

Reiki for Vets was founded in 2016 by two veterans, William and Allison Brown, with a desire to serve their fellow disabled vets. Realizing the need for holistic treatment options within the Veterans Administration, Will and Allison paired their love of Reiki – a proven, holistic modality – with their passion for service. They approached the Charleston VA and were brought on as volunteers to provide free Reiki treatments to disabled veterans at the Ralph H Johnson VA hospital and the Goose Creek Outpatient Clinic. Volunteers have seen a continuous stream of new clients, as well as a stable number of repeat “customers.” Although confidentiality prevents the collection of detailed data, anecdotal evidence suggests that the Reiki treatments are having a profound impact on the veterans they treat. Clients report decreases in pain, stress, and anxiety, improved sleep, and increased feelings of overall well-being.

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