Massage, Reiki & Reflexology Programs
The military is using massage, Reiki, yoga and other complementary and alternative modalities to ease combat stress and the effects of PTSD. The demand for these modalities far exceeds the current military capacity. Cause programs are helping to meet this critical need; the participating practitioners and instructors meet all relevant state credentialing requirements and have attended workshops addressing the special needs of military wounded.
As of September 2013, Cause has provided over 8,600 massage and Reiki treatments! On average, Cause provides 1,800 massage or Reiki treatments annually.
Massage can help manage pain, reduce stress and anxiety, enhance function and promote relaxation and well being. Click here to learn more about Massage and its benefits.
Massage Therapy Research:
Research and Clinical Initiatives for Integrated Pain Management Strategies: Transformation to a Model of Patient-Centered Care in Department of Defense and Veterans Health Care Systems
Army Seeks Standards for Pain Management
Army on brink of new ways to fight pain
Massage can have significant benefit for muscle pain and other ills, studies find
Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation, promotes healing and is used to relieve disease related symptoms and the side effects of conventional medical treatments. Click here for more information on Reiki and its benefits.
Touch therapies for pain relief in adults
The Power of Touch
Immediate effects of reiki on heart rate variability, cortisol levels, and body temperature in health care professionals with burnout
Long-term effects of energetic healing on symptoms of psychological depression and self-perceived stress
Using Reiki to manage pain: a preliminary report
Center Create 'Little Miracles' in Treating Combat Stress
Reiki Class at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Reflexology helps the body return to its natural balance by stimulating reflex points on the feet, hands and ears. These reflex points correspond to the bodys organs and structures. Professional and compassionate touch helps relieve stress and anxiety and promotes better physical and mental well being. Both energizing and profoundly relaxing, reflexology treats the whole person and helps restore function of all body systems to balance and allows for better physical and mental well being by releasing endorphins for pain relief.
Reflexology Impact on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Reflexology Helps Heal PTSD
Massage, Reiki, & Reflexology Locations
*All Cause massage therapists must present evidence of licensing by a state/national board unless licensing is not required to practice a modality. In such an instance massage therapists must hold relevant credentials. Massage therapists must have a minimum of 500 hours of massage therapy education with specific training in deep tissue and seated chair massage or have received appropriate education and training relevant to the practice of energybased modalities. Massage contractors have Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training. Reiki is exempt from licensing and practitioners receive a Reiki certificate from their teacher. Cause requires Reiki practitioners to have practiced Reiki for a minimum of six months before joining the program. We require Reiki practitioners and massage therapists to have liability insurance. Our massage therapists and Reiki practitioners are aware of injuries service members have prior to the treatment.
To support the Massage and Reiki Program and make a one time donation, please click here.
If you are a licensed practitioner and would like to serve with Cause, please e-mail Programs@cause-usa.org.