Reiki (pronounced ray-kee), is an ancient healing touch therapy practiced worldwide and offered by major medical centers across the country as a complement to traditional medical treatments.
Reiki (pronounced ray-kee), is an ancient healing touch therapy practiced worldwide and offered by major medical centers across the country as a complement to traditional medical treatments. Through the use of gentle touch, a Reiki practitioner serves as a conduit for healing energy to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, promote natural healing and balance energy.
Reiki works on the energy system at four levels: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. It helps the recipient reach a deep state of relaxation, works to restore energy flow and balance, and helps the body to assist with its own healing. If energy flow is restricted, blocked or unbalanced, a person is more vulnerable to illness.
In addition to reduction in pain, benefits may include relief of anxiety and depression. Some people experience an increase in mental clarity and a greater sense of well-being. Many have more energy and are able to sleep better after a Reiki session. For cancer patients, it may also help reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, including fatigue and nausea.
Reiki therapy is great for both patients and caregivers of people who are sick. It provides emotional and spiritual support to anyone dealing with serious illness and grief. It reminds us that each of us is connected to a divine healing energy and that we are not alone.
Norton Cancer Institute Resource Centers offer complementary Reiki for cancer patients and their caregivers, and Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital offers Reiki to hospital patients.