Monday, January 24, 2011

Reiki Volunteers Share Energy with Patients

Some of you may have heard of Reiki, but don’t know what it means; others may be unfamiliar
with the term. But this form of stress reduction and relaxation is making a name for itself at
Fauquier Hospital.

“I think it is brilliant to have it at the hospital here,” says Gillian Dupont, a patient in the Infusion Center.

Reiki is administered though soft touch, a “hands on approach.” At Fauquier Health, hands are placed strategically upon the patient while they are fully clothed; they may be seated or lying down. Energy is transferred from the Reiki therapist to the patient. While the energy is
being transferred, the patient may feel a number of things: warmth, coolness or just deep relaxation.

The benefits a patient may receive from Reiki include:
• Relaxation and stress reduction
• Relief of pain and muscle tension
• Increased energy

Fauquier Hospital will host hospital volunteer and Reiki Master Gerry Eitner, at 7 p.m. on January 27 in the Sycamore Room for a Reiki healing lecture.

Gerry explained, “The workshop will be to educate and give the background of Reiki, but will also include personal experiences for each person who is present. This will just be a short example, generally on heads and shoulders, so that participants can have at least a little sense of how it feels when the Reiki energy is absorbed. There’s nothing like personal experience! We’ll have some of the hospital Reiki volunteers present to also help on that evening.”

Fauquier Health currently has six Reiki trained volunteers who offer the complimentary therapy to hospital patients in the Infusion Center and in the Family Birthing Center. The sessions with patients have become so popular that patients are now requesting the therapy upon their arrival.

Gillian Dupont asks for the Reiki therapy every time she comes to the Infusion Center for a treatment. “I wouldn’t rely on it to cure my cancer, but if I have Reiki that week when I have my treatments, I feel much better than if I didn’t. I believe in it. Together with mainstream medicine it is very important.”

Because many are skeptical of this therapy method, one goal for the workshop is to educate the public and spark interest. Those who have experienced Reiki therapy say that you have to be open to the idea, and that words alone do not do it justice. It needs to be experienced. Gerry said, “You can hear the words all day long, but there’s no substitute for the experience.”
If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer Reiki therapist at Fauquier Health, please contact Lynn Lauritzen with Fauquier Health Volunteers Services, 540-316-2910.

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