I have friends who are trained in Reiki and have done Reiki for years. Occasionally, I ask them to work on me. It is not a cure, but in my case, it does help. There is a warmth that flows through me and seems to lift the worst of the pain. After Reiki, I feel much more peaceful and relaxed, and in less pain than I was before they worked on me.
That said, I don't think I would ever go to those places advertised with Reiki masters, because I don't trust people easily. I trust my friends completely, and I know how and when they were trained. For me, Reiki works as well, although in a different way, as massage. It doesn't cure the disease, but it does temporarily ease some of the symptoms.
One day I want to go through Reiki training at the hospital. It has become much more mainstream, and the hospital training is one of the few approved by my church as well as health care centers in the area. It's just a matter of having the extra money, feeling well enough to put in a full Saturday in training after working all week, and having the time to devote to practicing Reiki in between training courses.
Lupus, you have no chance!
Love and hugs,
(mom to my little Chihuahua, Brandi)
Diagnosed with SLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Celiac, and arthritis November 2006.