Reiki: Providing holistic healing for cancer patients
Elements Massage Hampden & I25 Aug 22, 2016
This August, LifeSpark Cancer Resources is promoting their Cancer Smashing Summer campaign. LifeSpark Cancer Resources of the Denver-metro area, “is an innovative non-profit organization that brings holistic care to cancer patients while supporting oncology departments as they incorporate whole person care into standard medical treatment.” In collaboration with Elements Massage Hampden & I25, LifeSpark is raising money to continue to provide free Reiki services to local cancer patients. Through our ongoing partnership with LifeSpark Cancer Resources, we have provided space for patients to receive Reiki services. In order to understand the full impact of your donation, we’re covering the basics and benefits of Reiki for cancer patients in this blog.
REIKI – Healing energywork
Reiki is an ancient Japanese spiritual healing art that focuses on concentrated energywork. This non-invasive therapy is considered an effective compliment to traditional medicine and is used to reduce stress, aid in relaxation, and create a healthy space within the body to promote healing. Reiki does not require the practitioner to directly touch the client, which can be welcoming for physically sensitive cancer patients.
The practice begins by a practitioner either applying a light touch during the session or simply holding the hands slightly above the body. During the session, the client is typically lying on a massage bed or resting comfortably in a chair wearing light, loose clothing, and no shoes. A Reiki Practitioner will move through specific standard Reiki hand positions starting at the person’s head or feet. Recipients of Reiki may feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. Overall, Reiki sessions should be pleasant, relaxing, and invigorating.
Benefits of Reiki for Cancer Patients
Reiki is being used as part of a comprehensive, holistic care plan for cancer patients in many places around the country. Hospitals now offer Reiki services as a compliment to traditional medicine for many patients receiving treatment for cancer. Originally, Reiki was utilized for stress relief and relaxation. More recently, studies and testimonials from recipients of the therapy have suggested that the benefits for cancer patients are far greater. Following Reiki sessions, patients have reported pain relief, improved sleep, better moods, decreased anxiety and worry, and decreased depressive moods.
LifeSpark Cancer Resources has a long history of providing Reiki services to cancer patients. Consider donating to LifeSpark Cancer Resources to help make their Cancer Smashing Summer campaign a smashing success!