Fri, Dec 6, 2013 10:38 AM
In April of this year, Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC)
introduced a Reiki program. The program is run entirely by a team
of volunteers, and is now included as part of the therapies offered
to patients. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and
relaxation that also promotes spiritual, emotional, mental and
physical healing. Kelly McDermott-Burns, the Reiki Volunteer
Coordinator, began the process of establishing a Reiki Program at
RRMC with the Foley Cancer Center and the Palliative Care Program
back in 2006.
Reiki heals by flowing positive energy through the body and setting
the body in balance, McDermott-Burns explained. "Reiki
practitioners help others to bring their energy into balance. When
a body is in balance, it functions better, and the likelihood of
disease is reduced."
As Kelly McDermott-Burns treats a patient, she changes her own
personal vibration through meditation, which then allows for
specific healing or general relaxation to take place.
As a trained hospice and palliative care volunteer,
McDermott-Burns has worked in many different units, with many
different patients. Reiki is a non-invasive, non-intrusive therapy
and can benefit those too weak, or unable to use massage or
acupuncture as part of their healing process. Cancer patients can
find a Reiki session helpful if they are dealing with radiation
therapy. Sessions at RRMC typically last 15-20 minutes. Reiki
offers some peace and security for people who are anxious, not
sleeping well, or stressed. McDermott-Burns noted that more and
more often hospitals are utilizing eastern medicine, "The medical
world is starting to realize that we all should work
The study of Reiki involves an ongoing commitment and
self-practice. McDermott-Burns is currently engaged with two
teachers, "That is what Reiki is; essentially self-improvement and
personal development," she says.
Reiki promotes the following precepts; be humble, be compassionate,
be honest, do not worry, do not anger. By utilizing these precepts
in everyday life, Kelly feels centered, serene, and focused. She
said, "The study of Reiki helps me to focus no matter what is going
on around me."
McDermott-Burns recalled the time she was skiing down Superstar,
when she crashed and landed head first down the hill, "There
was no one around, but instead of panicking, I utilized what I had
learnt from Reiki, and meditated, which enabled me to think clearly
about my next actions. I was able to pack my knee with snow, and
sit and wait for the toboggan."
Kelly McDermott-Burns was clear that Reiki does not offer a
cure. "Reiki helps to alleviate stress, and gives patients the
opportunity to have some time out, some time of rest and peace. It
helps the healing process, but does not claim to offer
Physical benefits exist, such as improvement in blood pressure,
stress relief, general relaxation and sleeping well, she said
adding, "Reiki can aide in the improvement of illness. There
are so many aspects that can prevent us from moving into a place of
peace. When the energetic system is in balance, the body is working
as best it can. "
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