Qualified Reiki practitioners volunteer weekly, providing free Reiki sessions, five days a week, to cancer patients in outpatient chemotherapy, outpatient radiation/proton beam therapy, and during their stay as inpatients.
In a little over two years the Reiki Volunteer program has delivered over 2,200 sessions and the results have been very encouraging! In May of 2011 the Reiki Volunteer Program won a Team Building Award from Penn Medicine's Volunteer Services.
The award reads:
The program also has a research arm and donor fund.
Here are some comments from patients:
- It had a very calming effect on me. I could actually feel my body relaxing. I was able to let go of a lot of my anxiety.
- Relaxing, I feel contained, safe, and positively directed.
- Each time I come to the clinic, my progress, health wise, keeps improving. I believe these Reiki sessions have a direct healing effect on my body.
- It provided a general sense of peace and muscle relaxation over my entire body that I otherwise have not experienced in a few years.
- It was my own personal time to take a minute and deal with what was really happening.
- It connected me to a place inside myself that I forgot all about.
- Freedom is the word that comes to mind
- I had a wonderful feeling, my father passed away this time last year and I felt connected to him. I was able to release my emotions through crying.
- It made me cry. Just having the time to let it out. I always feel like I need to be so strong for everyone. It was liberating to let that weight get lifted.