What is reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means universal (Rei) life force energy (Ki).
Reiki is thousands of years old, a Japanese technique to reduce stress and tension and increase relaxation. It balances the energy of the mind and body to bring a feeling of well-being. Reiki promotes healing on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Reiki is a gentle laying on of hands or holding the hands just above the body, which allows energy to flow through the hands of the Reiki practitioner into the patient or family member. The patient is fully clothed. Reiki adjusts itself according to the needs of the recipient- it can energize you or totally relax you. You may experience a deep state of relaxation during a session, or you might feel warm, tingly, sleepy or refreshed. Some people even fall asleep.
About the Memorial Hospital's reiki program
Our Reiki practitioners are trained, certified and caring volunteers who will come to your room to provide your session. Every effort will be made to see the patient during their hospital stay. This service is provided by Volunteer Services at no cost.
- Enhances deep relaxation
- Reduces stress, anxiety and tension
- Provides pain relief
- Supports the immune system
- Benefits people of all ages, in all states of health
- Will not interfere with medications or medical procedures
Reiki is offered at prestigious hospitals and clinics such as Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Duke University, Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dana Faber, Maine Medical Center, Portsmouth Regional, Spaulding Rehab Hospital.
To enhance your health care experience while you are a patient at Memorial Hospital, we offer free Reiki sessions to you and your family members. The touch of a human hand has long conveyed feelings of peacefulness, warmth, caring, support and healing.
To request a session
You, a healthcare provider, or a family member may call the Reiki Program Coordinator at (603) 356-4949 x2180
If leaving a message please be sure to speak slowly and clearly when giving the patient's name and room number.