Reiki Therapy

Managing the stress and anxiety around cancer and treatment side effects presents many psychological and emotional challenges. Patients may want to consider Reiki (pronounced "ray-kee"), a Japanese stress reduction and relaxation technique. The name means "universal life energy."

In sessions that can last up to an hour, a practitioner lightly touches a patient with both hands in specific hand positions or keeps his/her hands slightly above the patient, moving from one area of the body to another. The non-invasive approach, which is not a massage and requires no tissue manipulation or pressure, is said to "unblock" areas so that energy can better move around the body.

While Reiki's impact on cancer patients is being researched, some people have reported more relaxation, an improved emotional outlook, and better pain management as well as less anxiety, weakness and nausea. It is used in conjunction with -- but never as a replacement for  --concurrent medical treatment.

By-appointment-only sessions are offered free of charge to patients and their families in the comfort and privacy of Boo's Boutique, located on the first floor of Fox Chase's Young Pavilion (across from the gift shop). The shop is named in memory of longtime Fox Chase friend and patient Louise "Boo" Binswanger.

For more information or to schedule a free session, contact:

Reiki Program Coordinator


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