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Reiki and Healing Touch are two energy therapies designed to support and nurture your body, mind, spirit and emotions. For cancer survivors, energy therapies work in harmony with your standard medical care and treatment.
Reiki is a touch therapy that promotes relaxation and enhances healing within the body. Reiki therapy is done in a relaxed setting (seated or lying) by gentle touch on specific areas of the body.
Reiki assists in balancing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. The practitioner works with your body's energy field to bring the energy into balance and create a sense of calm and peace.
Healing Touch uses the same principles with the goal of balancing the energy in and around your body. With Healing Touch, the practitioner also uses hand movements on or slightly above the body to clear and balance the energy fields around the person.
For people living with cancer, the healing energy of Reiki and Health Touch can be used to provide relief from conditions such as fatigue, stress, pain, anxiety and side effects of cancer treatments.
Reiki and Healing Touch sessions usually take 30-60 minutes. The goal is to enhance relaxation and promote the body's ability to heal. Reiki and Healing Touch shouldn't replace your medical treatment, but instead be integrated into it.
If you'd like to explore energy therapies, ask your health care provider to suggest a certified practitioner in your community. Many cancer centers now offer energy therapies as part of their Complimentary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) programs.
Reiki and Healing Touch sessions are offered every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Center on the lobby level of the Gonda Building in Rochester, Minn. For information about Mayo Clinic's Complimentary and Integrative Medicine Program, call 507-284-1551.
Have you ever experienced energy medicine? I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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I am a breast cancer survivor. Part of my cancer healing journey was finding a wonderful energy/body work called Jin Shin Jyutsu. My practitioner had a 50% chance of living through a bone marrow transplant for lymphoma She has now been cancer free for over 20 years.
I became a practitioner and have now lived for 10 years since diagnosis. I give much of the credit to both receiving and providing Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions. It is one of the few energy/body work practices that is primarily about self-help. That has been essential for me through the cancer meds I was on. I attract clients who are dealing with cancer and we all find Jin Shin Jyutsu helpful physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
I would love to see Jin Shin Jyutsu included at the Mayo Clinic.
I am most lucky having beat 4th stage rectal cancer. This November will be 6 years.
I also have a 80 year wife (we are both 80) who has 6th stage Alzhemizer's and trust me I need all the relaxation methods I can find.
Here are a few to be considered:
1. A walk in the woods.
2. A walk on the beach.
3. Get a Labrador Retriver as a loyal friend. If not a puppy rescue one already calm.
4. Excise of any kind.
5. Watch TCM (Turner Movie classics)
6. Try learning Yoga.
7. Practice at move relaxation methods, i.e. Clear your mind, breath deeply, you know the routine.
And lastly be brave work hard on being upbeat and perhaps the most important thing to accomplish is ACCEPTANCE of what you can not change
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