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How Reiki Helps Cancer Patients

Reiki therapy is used for a variety of health purposes, but primarily for treating pain, stress, and fatigue; for speeding recovery from surgery or cancer therapy; for improving feelings of well being.

Reiki delivers important health benefits, such as improving quality of sleep, minimizing the symptoms of some health conditions, and reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.

Reiki is being found in more and more hospitals because it complements traditional Western medicine. This is because Reiki, unlike other modalities, stays true to the medical professions creed of “Do No Harm.” Reiki is non-invasive, has no contraindications and has no untoward effects.

With more acceptance by the medical community comes more research.  A study in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that cancer patients who underwent two Reiki sessions experienced less pain than a group who didn’t get Reiki.

The American Cancer society acknowledges patients subjective reports that “Reiki speeds healing, increases physical and spiritual well-being, and reduces the intensity and frequency of nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.” (Radiology Today, May 12, 2003)

Generally, a Reiki session lasts for 60 minutes and typically multiple sessions are received. As the practitioner’s hands are placed on your body, each position is held for two to five minutes. At the most basic level, the energy that is channeled from the hands of a Reiki practitioner is said to help release energetic blockages and help the flow of energy, leading to improved mental and physical health.

If you or anyone you know is a cancer patient or survivor, I offer a 10% discount. Experiencing fatigue? In home visits are available within a 10-15 mile radius of Waltham, MA. To discuss this option, please contact me.

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