Newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are invited to participate in a research study to evaluate if reiki helps reduce stress. This study is being conducted by Lake Health’s Breast Health team.
Reiki is the ancient oriental art of non-intrusive, hands-on healing through touch. Often used in conjunction with traditional medicine, this natural, holistic energy healing practice balances and strengthens the body’s energy, promoting its ability to heal itself and encouraging physical and emotional well-being.
During a reiki session, the patient lies on a massage table, fully clothed. The reiki practitioner gently places her hands palms down on or just above the patient’s body in specific energy locations using a series of 12-15 different hand positions. The length of time that the practitioner leaves her hands in each position is determined by the flow of energy through her hands at each location. There is no pressure, massage or manipulation. The reiki sessions are held in private and the only other person in the room is the reiki practitioner.
Participants will be asked to participate in 3 one-hour reiki sessions at the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Wellness Campus in Mentor. The reiki sessions can be scheduled at the participant’s convenience. Participants will fill out a questionnaire before they start their first reiki session and after completing the third session. They will also be asked to rate their stress level before and after each Reiki session. Reiki will hopefully help reduce stress and possibly reduce pain.
Participation is voluntary and there is no cost involved. This research study is being funded by Lake Health Foundation. Please contact Breast Health Navigator Melissa Loop, RN, CN-BN, at 440-375-8121 if you are interested. The deadline to register is August 31, 2021.