I volunteer for Hospice on Friday's, each week visiting a patient in their home or nursing facility to give them Reiki. Reiki offers comfort and support during end-of-life care in large part, I believe, because it is a hands-on healing technique.
Physical contact is the first language we learn. Touch is so vital that babies who don't receive physical nurturing will die, even if they are given adequate nutrition. The Touch Research Institute in Miami found that touch can alleviate depression, reduce pain and stress hormones, improve immune function and encourage weight gain in preterm infants.
Haleya, my teacher at The Sanctuary Healing Arts Center, says Reiki for hospice patients "can be a valuable way to 'communicate' through touch that they are loved, cared for, supported and safe." Not just hospice patients, and not just Reiki. We all need physical contact. To use the old AT&T slogan, "Reach out and touch someone."
Poetry and Musings of an Interfaith Minister on the Journey of a Lifetime.