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Degree Name

MA in Conflict Transformation

First Advisor

Bruce Dayton


This research explores implications for trauma healing through the energy therapies Reiki and Healing Touch. This is explored through the perspectives of women living in Tacoma, Washington who receive Reiki and/or Healing Touch and are also practitioners of Reiki and/or Healing Touch. In recent decades trauma healing has proved to be a holistic endeavor, and as the practice of energy therapies such as Reiki and Healing Touch are becoming more mainstream and even accepted in the medical community, these therapies boast a myriad of physical and psychological benefits that include trauma healing. A phenomenological approach is taken to explore this relationship while using a triangulation of methods to collect data, which include: interviews, artistic expression, and participant observation. Data collected is then transcribed, coded, themed, and interpreted through a trauma healing framework to explore implications for trauma healing, women, and community building.


Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Somatic Bodywork and Related Therapeutic Practices