When someone we love is given a cancer diagnosis, many of us will not stray from the Western techniques of chemotherapy and radiation. However, some people seek out alternative therapies and treatments. I think that patients and their families benefit when the best of both worlds come together to promote healing.
I was surprised and excited that Hoag is now offering Reiki classes for their patients and their families. This is a Japanese technique that reduces stress and promotes relaxation and healing. Loosely translated Reiki means "spiritually guided life force energy" The therapy is based on the idea that if a person's life force energy is low, he or she is more likely to feel stress and more apt to getting sick. However, if a person's life force energy is high, he or she will be more capable of being happy and healthy.
Hoag is offering its patients five trial Reiki classes in conjunction with their medical treatments. The intent is to focus on relaxing the patients so that they will have enhanced wellness on mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual levels. If the patients feel that this therapy is beneficial, Hoag will provide the patients with a list of Reiki practitioners in the community.
When: 1sth and 3rd Friday of each month from 10:00 to noon
Where: Hoag's Cancer Auditorium
RSVP: 949-7-CANCER (722-6237)