Studies have also shown that people with cancer can benefit from complementary therapies such as Reiki. It can help with coping through a difficult process or stage in life.
Reiki Practitioners have observed that Reiki can:
Help some people to feel deeply relaxed
Help people cope with difficult situations
Relieve emotional stress and tension
Help to improve overall wellbeing
Some people with cancer say they feel better after using therapies such as Reiki. Studies show that this is often because a therapist spends time with the person, and touches them. After the rush and stress of hospitals and treatment, it can be very relaxing when someone gives you attention for an hour or more, in a calm setting.
How do you have Reiki?
When you first see a Reiki practitioner, they will ask you about your general health and medical history. They will also ask you why you would like to have Reiki and discuss a possible treatment plan with you.
During a Reiki treatment, you don’t have to get undressed but you usually take off your shoes and coat and sit or lie down. You can have your eyes open or closed. The Reiki practitioner may dim the lights or play soothing music. They put their hands on, or a few inches above, your body and move them in slow, brushing movements. The movements usually start at your head and work down to your feet, but may focus on a particular area of your body.
The practitioner aims to move and balance the energy within and around your body. And they try and get rid of any energy blocks to encourage physical healing and strengthen your energy. They call this energy Ki.
During the session you may feel a tingling sensation, a sense of deep relaxation, or warmth or coolness throughout your body. You may not feel anything, but practitioners say this doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t working. You can stop the treatment at any time.
A session usually lasts about an hour. Many practitioners say you will get the best results from 3 sessions within a fairly short space of time. Then take a break before having more treatments. After a Reiki session you may feel thirsty. It can help to drink plenty of water and avoid strong caffeine based drinks, such as coffee. You may feel deeply relaxed, and resting at home afterwards can help you get the full benefit of the treatment.
Remember, Reiki is not a religion and there are no side effects. My clients have commented that Reiki is a wonderful relaxing and energizing experience. My dear pet clients have often thanked me with a lick and nudge after the session while I am engaged in a discussion with their owners regarding their treatment.
“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” – Anonymous
(Various Excerpts from: K. Prasad, “Reiki for dogs” & http://www.cancerreseachuk.org. Stats from mtroyal.ca & wikipedia.com)