Rutland Regional Medical Center offers Reiki Therapy, one of several complementary therapies available to our patients. Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is the art of energy healing. Reiki, or Universal Life Force energy, is a healing practice that originated in Japan and is used to relieve stress and promote healing. It can assist healing on all levels including mental, emotional and spiritual.
Volunteers can provide complimentary Reiki sessions to patients who have requested the service. Let your nurse know if you would like to schedule a session. There is no charge for this service. Requests for Reiki sessions will be honored based on practitioner availability.
What Happens in a Reiki Session?
In a Reiki session, the recipient lies down or sits comfortably, fully clothed or covered by hospital apparel. The room is quiet or there may be soft music playing. The Reiki practitioner places their hands lightly on or a few inches over the person’s body, palms down and uses a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions. Each position is held for 2-5 minutes, and the practitioner’s hands are never under clothing or bedding.
The recipient usually will feel warmth and a tingling sensation. The recipient can ask the session to be terminated at any time, for any reason.
If the recipient chooses, visitors may quietly remain in the room to observe. Sessions typically last from 20-30 minutes.
Why Use Reiki?
The goal of providing Reiki services is to offer relaxation, decrease stress, promote sleep and decrease anxiety, all of which support the recipient’s innate healing capacity. Pleasant and relaxing, Reiki is frequently used in conjunction with conventional medicine and is intended to enhance, not replace, medical, surgical and nursing care in the hospital setting.
Reiki has been used by people with anxiety, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS and other health conditions, as well as by people recovering from surgery or experiencing side effects from cancer treatments.
Many hospitals and healthcare facilities offer Reiki sessions as part of their complementary services. At Rutland Regional, the Reiki Volunteer Program was developed by the Foley Cancer Center Complementary Therapies, the Palliative Care Program and Volunteer Services, with support and input from Kelly McDermott-Burns.
Our Reiki Coordinator
Kelly McDermott-Burns is a Teacher/Practitioner trained in the Japanese Art of Reiki by the International House of Reiki. She is a Reiki Master, practicing since 2004 and teaching since 2006. She is past President of the Vermont Reiki Association, 2006-2009. She is also a trained hospice and palliative care volunteer and is active in Rutland Regional’s Palliative Care Program. Kelly has a diverse group of students and speaks on Reiki frequently to a variety of groups and organizations. Kelly graciously volunteers her time to coordinate the Reiki program at Rutland Regional.