Reiki is safe, gentle, and non-invasive. There are no contraindications for Reiki practice, making it a unique resource for patients as they navigate the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of cancer treatment. Simple, relaxing, and often powerful, Reiki can be restorative at any point in a patient’s journey.
In 2017, I began offering Reiki sessions at Olcott Center for Cancer Education in Bloomington. Feedback surveys have been overwhelmingly positive; in 2020, 85% of patients who were experiencing pain going into their session, reported a decrease in pain. 100% of patients who indicated feelings of stress prior to their session, reported a decrease in their stress.* Some patients share comments after their sessions:
“Becky is wonderful, with awesome Reiki hands and skills.”
“… Reiki work felt intuitive, loving and gentle.”
“[My Reiki session] made my back feel less painful and my head feels better… made me calmer throughout my body.”
“I liken it to meditation–with an extra layer of warmth and well being.”
“Very relaxing, very comforting.”
“So relaxed, so comfortable.”
Hospitals that offer Reiki programs include:
Abramson Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
Cleveland Clinic, OH
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD
New York-Presbyterian Integrative Health and Well-Being Program
Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville, KY
Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Health, CT
The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing provides a wealth of information and some research studies on Reiki’s effectiveness.
Reiki Master Pamela Miles has written extensively about Reiki in medicine, and offers down-to-earth information about the benefits of Reiki practice.
The Northwest Reiki Association in Portland, OR collaborates with a local oncology clinic to offer Reiki to patients receiving chemotherapy.
*Data from Olcott Center patient surveys, January-December, 2020.