Asquith Hall is currently introducing complementary therapies as part of a holistic approach to health. These include Reiki, Indian Head Massage and Hopi Ear Candles.


Today we discuss Reiki. Reiki is a complimentary health practice in which qualified, attuned practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person, with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response. Reiki uses the ‘universal energy’ channelling this energy through the practitioner to the receiver. It is said to be like having your batteries charged and the receiver only takes as much energy as they require at each session.

Reiki is not being used to replace proven conventional medical care or to postpone seeing a health care provider about a medical problem. Reiki is not massage, it is carried out fully clothed – with the exception of big coats and shoes.

At Asquith Hall we are running these ‘complementary therapies’ alongside current medication and medical care – in fact we are not even using the term therapy we are using Reiki as a ‘relaxation session’. Reiki, is being used as a 1-1 session, a time to relax and enjoy the channelling of energy. This gives residents and staff time to relax in a peaceful environment and bring about wellbeing. Reiki is based on an Eastern belief in an energy that supports the body’s innate or natural healing abilities.

Available research has examined the use of Reiki for conditions such as fibromyalgia, pain, cancer, and depression, and for overall wellbeing. Reiki is currently being used in hospitals and hospices around the UK. Research shows that Reiki positively reduces stress, which is always beneficial.

No serious side effects have been reported. The local GP’s have confirmed their support for our work and this is on file to evidence this.

We understand that a lot of individuals may be cynical towards the more ‘alternative’ therapies, however, now it is being used in hospitals and hospices and evidence shows that it is proven to relieve stress – try it, if it is not for you then so be it but please don’t knock it until you have had a go. In its least form its chance for residents to have 1-1 time and relax and for staff a chance to relax.

So staff if you would like a Reiki session fill out the relevant form in the downstairs nursing station. If you are residents family please fill in the relevant consent form and relevant documentation. The Reiki sessions will be carried out on a regular basis but need to be booked in advance.

The Confederation of Healing Organisations
Asquith Hall is also very proud to be included on the Confederation of Healing Organisations website recently.

We were contacted by Sue Knight ( CHO) regarding the work we have started to implement at Asquith Hall. The CHO have outlined our interview and added it to highlight the approach we have taken. The Confederation of Healing Organisations is a registered charity dedicated to advancing the cause of healing from research to practice.

We want to continue introducing the practice of healing and increase the acceptance by mainstream medicine. We are developing our abilities as a team and have specific development plans for our staff to enhance the service we run, ultimately for the best interest of our residents.

Other points of interest
The Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare ( PGIH ) is an all-party group based at Westminster which provides a focus for all activities relating to integrated healthcare in Parliament. The PGIH has been operating from 1986 and known to be a well-established Parliamentary Group which looks at patient choice and provisions of treatment within the NHS. Orthodox and complementary therapies can ensure best quality care for people. The PGIH is working towards this integrated health service.