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Carol Corio, Integrated Health Therapy Editor

Each month, Integrated Health Therapy Editor Carol Corio will be presenting a column on alternative therapies. In consultation with other experts and professionals in the field, this column is designed to bring you the latest news and advances happening in alternative medicine as an integrative approach to healing.

 

 

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Hypnosis: Helping you reach your full potential

Guest columnist Kathryn McGlynn, is a Certified Hypnotist and Success Coach. She adheres to and is guided by the ethical principles set forth by the National Guild of Hypnotists’ Code of Ethics. She has been certified through the Guild since 1996. For over 20 years, she has used the power of hypnosis to help thousands of people make positive changes in their lives. She works with referrals from healthcare professionals on such issues as hypertension, pain management, digestive disorders, migraines, anxiety, insomnia, and much more.

Kathryn sees clients at the Tam Center for Healing in Quincy Center. Additionally, she offers adult educational hypnosis seminars through UMass Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and Massasoit Community College.

With her soothing voice, she has produced a series of hypnosis CDs that comfort and support anyone encountering life challenges who is interested in self-healing, self-improvement, and personal growth. — Carol Corio, Integrated Health Therapies Editor

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By Kathryn McGlynn

It has often been said that “What your mind can conceive, you can achieve.” In other words, what you can imagine in your mind, you have the power to bring into your life. Hypnosis is one method that has proven effective with countless individuals, enabling them to achieve their desired potentials.

What is hypnosis? It is a method of mental programming. It is not sleep. Neither is it a state of unconsciousness. It is not a giving up of control. It is actually an altered state of highly focused awareness in which the conscious mind is by-passed and access is achieved directly to the subconscious mind, which is far more powerful than the conscious mind. In the hypnotic state, some of the benefits that can be realized: relaxation can be induced to relieve pressures of stress at home and work; habit problems (examples: smoking or overeating) can be brought under control; and attitude modifications (examples: developing motivation, building self-esteem and confidence) can be effectively implemented. In this state, one is able to accept and actualize helpful suggestions for behavioral change in a way not possible in the ordinary state of waking consciousness.

Many of us have preconceived ideas or concerns about hypnosis due to stereotyped comedy routines where “hypnotized audience members” do embarrassing thing in front of an audience for the pure entertainment of the those watching. That is not the kind of hypnosis that I am writing about here. I took many hours of accredited training so that I could help people use hypnosis to change their lives for the better.

My personal approach is based upon natural, safe, established hypnotic principles. Hypnosis has been recognized and approved by the American Medical Association since 1958. The National Institutes of Health supports clinical trials of complementary and alternative medicine, which includes hypnosis. “Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect upon the body,” writes The Wall Street Journal (Oct 2003).

Seniors, for the most part, face the same problems that affect younger people. They have hopes and dreams and plans. When these falter or fail, they are subject to frustration, worries, grief, self-doubt, and react accordingly. Hypnosis can help to regenerate interests, restore awareness of self-worth, and create new levels of acceptance.

My job as a hypnotist is to assist individuals to shift their mindset and release and resolve any unconscious, self-imposed limitations that prevent us from living life fully. My therapeutic emphasis helps my clients eliminate self-defeating behaviors. Sessions offer a wide spectrum of wellness and healing benefits including stress management, pre- and post-surgical hypnosis, time management, clutter issues, finding life purpose, success coaching … and more.

Because hypnosis is a process, and not an instant fix, it may take 3-8 sessions to change ingrained patterns and habits. All of my clients receive a hypnosis CD for home practice to support their continuing transformative process. Let hypnosis help you get the results you want. Change is much easier than staying the same.

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Katheryn McGlynn

If you would like to know more about the benefits of hypnosis, contact me at 781-340-2146 or email: ybglum@juno.com or visit my webpage for more information: www.hypnosis.ws. A confidential, free 15 minute phone consultation is offered so that we may begin the process of helping you to achieve the health and lifestyle you really want.

 

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45483121-Meditation-silhouette-lotus-Stock-Vector (1)The Mind Body Connection to Blood Pressure

This column explores the mind body connection to blood pressure. Guest columnist Denise Jezewski, RN, ACNS-BC, has been a cardiac nurse for over 30 years and is the owner of Healing Hearts Holistically. Denise holds a Master’s degree in Nursing from Boston College, a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management from Cambridge College, and plans to pursue a Clinical Doctorate. Denise is the owner of the Healing Hearts Holistically Cardiac Wellness Center, a non-profit cardiac wellness center that provides holistic care for those with heart disease, educating them and their families on stress management, offering classes in nutrition, Reiki, and other alternate techniques. The Center’s mission is to provide a comprehensive plan to promote cardiac wellness.  

If you would like to know more about the benefits of using a mind body connection to manage blood pressure, you can contact Denise at 508-584-3278 or email: dpolskadj@aol.com or visit the webpage for more information: www.happyholisticheart.org. The Healing Hearts Holistically Cardiac Wellness Center is located at 348 N. Pearl Street, Brockton.

— Carol Corio, Integrated Health Therapy Editor

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Denise Jezewski

The Mind Body Connection to    Blood Pressure

By Denise L Jezewski, RN ACNS-BC

Many of us go for our yearly physical.  While at the office, do you recall becoming progressively more nervous the longer you wait?  Then when you are finally called into the exam room the nurse checks your blood pressure only to find it to be exceptionally high?  You respond by saying it was not that high when I checked it at the mall last week.  This phenomenon is called white coat hypertension and can affect 15-30% of people according to Dr. Herbert Benson of the Mind Body Institute in Boston.

There are several types of hypertension which we will not discuss here.  The purpose of this article is to shed light on the mind body connection to manage our blood pressure.  From an alternative medicine approach, high blood pressure can represent the stress, anxiety, and resentments, that go unexpressed over a long period of time.  This results in ‘pressure’ building up internally until it spills over as high blood pressure.  Research according to the American Heart Association suggests a possible link between meditation and lowering blood pressure. They will not definitively state that there is a true connection due to the inconclusive nature of past research methods.

Dr. Benson began his research into the mind body connection in the 1960’s. We are hard wired for a ‘flight or fight’ response since the beginning of time.  During a time of stress our bodies secrete hormones such as adrenaline to increase our heart rate and blood pressure in order to combat the attack.  The problem is when our body cannot resume our relaxation phase because of constant stress over time.  Learning how to relax should be easy however our fast paced lifestyle with a need for instant gratification prevents this from occurring.  As we age we assume life would become less stressful, however many are caring for grandchildren, we worry about who will care for us, we worry about the cost of our own healthcare and so it goes on.

The key to lowering our blood pressure is to become more aware of the triggers in our life and then learn healthier ways to live.  We are capable of unlearning bad habits. It can begin by taking a deep breath.  This is something we do every day, but are we really breathing correctly?  Yoga principles begin by becoming aware of our breath. Is it shallow? Are we breathing from our diaphragm?  Take a moment to listen to calm music, make yourself comfortable and place a hand on your chest and one on your abdomen.  Take a breath and see which area rises, if it is the chest, focus on directing your breath to your abdomen.  Concentrate and practice this for several minutes.  Notice how you feel when finished.  This is the first step to relaxing. We will cover more next time.

Taken from Aggie Casey RN MS and Herbert Benson MD Lowering Your Blood Pressure 2006.

27d2a1d-1About Carol Corio

Integrated Health Therapies Editor

Carol Corio has been studying integrated health therapies for more than 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (EIT) sharing her long-time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, an independent, private, non-profit, Medicare certified CHAP accredited, family centered, dedicated team of professionals providing excellent care services on the South Shore since 1979. In addition to her role as Community Relations Liaison for Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, Carol is a Master Trainer for AGE-u-cate LLC, creator of Dementia Live™, a dementia simulation experiential program to educate families and professionals caring for individuals with dementia. For information, call 781-341-4145, visit http://www.oldcolonyhospice.com, or email Carol at ccorio@oldcolonyhospice.com

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The power of Compassionate Touch

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Did it ever occur to you that what we think about telegraphs to the people around us? If a person who is experiencing a strong negative emotion (could be sadness or anger) joins a group in a room, it is usually easy for those in the room to realize that this new person has something bothering them. Outwardly, they might not look any different, but you “feel” something is not right. Conversely, if a person who is feeling positive (could be joy, happiness, even peace and contentment) joins a group in a room, individuals may not be able to explain it, but they start to feel more positive, centered, peaceful. These two examples illustrate how powerful our thoughts are when we interact with others.

“When we touch another with a compassionate heart, it creates a sacred moment.” These are the words of Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR, a recognized expert in the field of massage for those in later life stages. In 2002, she founded the Center for Compassionate Touch, LLC and in 2015 she joined the AGE-u-cate Training Institute, LLC, serving as Vice President of Training and Education, helping develop training programs. She is a Master Trainer for Compassionate Touch® and Dementia Live™.

Touch is a basic human need. In fact, it could be considered one of our most fundamental human needs. A need that remains for a lifetime. Touch is the first sense to develop at birth and it is one of the last senses to go during dying. In fact, as we experience decline of the body and mind due to aging or illness, the need for human touch may be emphasized in the search for reassurance, comfort, and connection. Some older adults can experience “touch deprivation” which can lead to feelings of isolation, anxiety, sadness, and anxiety.

Pam Brandon, President/Founder of AGE-u-cate Training Institute, whose Dementia Live™ and Compassionate Touch® programs are transforming care for elders, explains that when you touch someone to perform a task or procedure that is considered “instrumental touch.” The mechanics of doing something for someone is superseded by the importance of how you are feeling as you approach the person to do the task. “Expressive touch” is about how you are feeling emotionally as you show care, concern, affection, and empathy. The person receiving your “expressive touch” feels validated, supported, and it eases any distress happening in the moment.

When you combine “instructional touch” with “compassionate presence,” you are connecting with the individual first rather than the task to be completed. Compassionate Touch® is a way of relating through the use of human touch with conscious intent.

Touch is good medicine. According to Dr. Abraham Verghese at a 2013 TED Talk, “The most important innovation in medicine to come in in the next 10 years: the power of the human hand.”

If you approach someone who needs comforting or calming, make sure your compassionate antenna is up. This means that you are in a calm and relaxed place before you reach out to comfort the other person. Please be aware that if you are thinking negative and anxious thoughts, that you will transfer those feelings to the other person, even if outwardly you put on a smiling demeanor. The person receiving your thoughtful touch will be just that—receiving whatever you are thinking of. Compassionate Touch®, if done correctly, is a mutually beneficial experience. The person offering the compassionate presence and gentle touch feels less stressed themselves and feels closer to the person being cared for.

Next time you reach out to comfort someone by your own personal version of compassionate touch, be aware of what you thinking. It will make a big difference on the effect of your touch.

27d2a1d-1About the Author    

Carol has been studying integrated health therapies for over 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) sharing her long-time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, one of the first hospices in Massachusetts, an independent, private, non-profit, Medicare certified, CHAP-accredited, family centered, dedicated team of professionals providing excellent care services on the South Shore since 1979. For information, call 781-341-4145, visit http://www.oldcolonyhospice.com or email Carol at ccorio@oldcolonyhospice.com

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‘Tap’ into the deep-rooted cause of chronic pain and stress for relief

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Why are you in pain?

The answer may surprise you.

Have you ever developed pain or a symptom and had extensive tests run through traditional medical practices, only to find out there wasn’t a reason or explanation given?

One solution has been offered by the “Emotional Freedom Technique” which advocates an easy-to-learn procedure called “Tapping.”

Tapping, mirrored after the acupuncture model, was developed by a psychiatrist back in the 1980s. It is practiced throughout the globe and endorsed by many well-known traditional medical practitioners, as well as spiritual leaders and celebrities.

It has been described as “a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology that works to physically alter the brain, energy system and body at the same time.”  The beauty of it being that one does not have to “believe” in it in order for it to work.  Under this procedure you use your own finger tips to tap on certain spots of your hand, head, face, collar bone and under arm, while speaking verbiage of the event or memory that evokes an uncomfortable emotional response.  Tapping combined with the appropriate verbiage deactivates the amygdala, the part of our brain that is responsible for the stress response.

Once the emotion connected to the event is “neutralized” the body releases the need to be in pain.  We believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself given the proper tools and that pain is a symptom of underlying, unprocessed emotions.  It is the body’s way of getting our attention that something needs to be addressed and that our subconscious mind knows the real reason why we are in pain.

With the proper guidance, significant results can be achieved quickly after just a couple of visits.  This is a tool that can be shared easily with family and friends and considered to be a life altering skill that can be used for many other life challenges.\

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Rosemarie K. Lanchester is a Certified Hypnosis Consultant with the National Guild of Hypnotists of Merrimack, NH.

She completed the course curriculum back in 1996 and took the complete course material again in 2009 when she started her business, Everything You Wish For. She is, and has been, an active member and staunch supporter of the South Shore Women’s Business Network since 1996, and served on their Board of Directors for a three year term starting in 2000.

Her mission is to provide hope and empowerment to people of all walks of life. Helping her clients achieve their personal and professional goals, easily and safely. Visit her website for more information:  http://www.everythingyouwishfor.com

About Carol Corio

Integrated Health Therapies Editor

Carol Corio has been studying integrated health therapies for more than 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (EIT) sharing her long- time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, and independent, private, non-profit, Medicare certified CHAP accredited, family centered, dedicated team of professionals providing excellent care services on the South Shore since 1979.

For information, call 781-341-4145, visit http://www.oldcolonyhospice.com, or email Carol at:  ccorio@oldcolonyhospice.com. Reprinted from the June 2017 edition of South Shore Senior News.

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By Carol Corio

One of the biggest challenges in senior care today is trying to find the balance between quality of life and physical safety for people with dementia/Alzheimer’s while keeping the need for pharmacological interventions at a minimum.

“In memory care, many folks develop more anxiety as their dementia progresses, which can lead to dangerous behavior and constant feelings of distress. Even with all of the environmental, social and emotional therapeutic interventions we use in the habilitation therapy setting, medication is often necessary for preserving the quality of life for the individual.” reports Joanna Copp, Compass program Director, Cornerstone at Canton (Canton, MA), “At the same time, finding the right balance of pharmacological intervention for someone with dementia and anxiety can take time and can bring unwanted side effects such as lethargy, increasing risk for falls.”

According to Maureen Bradley, L.P.N. C.P.D, Director Royal Innovation – Alzheimer’s Care Program , Royal Health Group, directors and administrators of senior health facilities are always on the lookout for non-pharmacological methods to deal with common Alzheimer’s behavior, especially with pending changes to regulations in the next few years to implement non-pharmacological interventions.

In patient populations particularly vulnerable to side-effects of psychotropic medications such as the elderly, aromatherapy may offer an alternative option. 

“It’s so refreshing to have a resource that truly embraces a non-pharmacological approach. I feel aromatherapy can improve our resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing and that is what we strive to do!” commented Sarah Turcotte, Resident Engagement Director at Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood (Westwood, MA), who was instrumental in introducing this innovative and scientifically based product to Carol Corio, CSA, Community Relations Liaison, Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care (W. Bridgewater, MA).

A special educational event was organized by Carol Corio, who has a long-time passion for integrating the benefits of aromatherapy with the seniors she serves and she invited Beekley Medical (Bristol, CT) to co-sponsor the event. It was an opportunity to share more about how the use of certain therapeutic essentials oils can help calm and relax residents with behavioral outbursts, sun downing, and even help with sleep.

The event was hosted by Ron Morganelli, Executive Director at Active Day of Norwell (Norwell, MA) on Oct. 19, 2016 and was well attended by the directors of Alzheimer’s programs and memory care units at assisted living, skilled nursing, and adult day care centers on the South Shore.

Carol Corio gave a short introduction about the differences between synthetic aromas and therapeutic, plant-based aromatherapy practices. Melissa Vibberts and Laura Smith of Beekley Medical spoke extensively to the group about the science and research that led to the development of Elequil aromatabs®, an aromatherapy product designed originally to help relax and calm anxious patients undergoing MRI exams, and how it came to be used in all areas of healthcare, including memory care.

Several studies have found aromatherapy to be an efficacious non-pharmacological therapy.

Aromatherapy, or the use of plant oils, has been around thousands of years, in fact it is referenced many times in the bible.  Although it had been considered for many years as a placebo or “folk medicine,” Melissa and Laura were able to tell the group how scientists have been studying the effects of aromatherapy on different patient populations and more documented studies of effectiveness are becoming available to support the effects.

Many memory care professionals feel that aromatherapy can help improve their residents’ physical and emotional well-being.

A survey conducted by Beekley Medical to memory care facilities across the country found that 73% were very interested in aromatherapy as a non-pharmacological, holistic approach for improving quality of life for the following reasons: (1) to use as part of the sensory environment, (2) to reduce agitation to improve patient safety (lowering violent outburst, falls, wandering), (3) to help relax and encourage sleep.

Although the attendees at this event were familiar with aromatherapy, many were there to learn how to implement an aromatherapy program using Elequil aromatabs® as an alternate therapy for their residents.

Unlike diffusers that disperse essential oils into the air, Elequil is a more personal product that can be worn on clothing so that the benefits of the aromatherapy stay with the resident wherever they go, throughout the day. Because it’s unique delivery system as a self-contained product, it requires no mixing of oils and contains only 100% pure essential oils, free of pesticides and synthetics.  When offered to residents, families are pleased that the communities are looking for ways to comfort their loved ones as an alternative to antipsychotics.

Wanjiku DePina C.D.P., Special Care Residence Manager, Wingate Residences at Silver Lake in Kingston (Kingston, MA) thought that “Elequil® has a real potential as a non-pharmacological treatment for decreasing anxiety in individuals who have dementia – particularly for residents in special care neighborhoods who sundown.  It is user friendly and easy to administer.  Benefits may outweigh the costs – especially if you consider the cost of a resident calling 911 because they cannot find their family (which happens more than you would think) and subsequently being transported to the ER and going through unnecessary tests.”

“If we can avoid medication changes and the risks that entails, I would absolutely explore the natural therapeutic benefits of Elequil® for any of my residents,” added Joanna Copp. “This is an alternative to traditional treatments that could very much alter the way that we approach whole-person care for individuals living with Dementia.”

To learn more about Elequil aromatabs® visit www.elequil.com or call 1-844-ELEQUI

Mary Lang is Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Beekley Medical.

Beckley Medical Corporation

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  • Products that make a difference.  From streamlining productivity, enhancing the guest experience, to improving clinical outcomes – we have a strong commitment to helping our customers better serve their customers.
  • High investment in research and development.  Beekley’s history is filled with uncovering untapped needs in the industries we serve. We partner with our customers, clinicians, and inventors to produce professional products that replace makeshift or improve upon current methods. Our industries are carefully monitored to ensure our products meet tomorrow’s needs today.
  • Reinvestment in our associates.  Beekley Associates are provided with ongoing opportunities for personal and professional growth and are encouraged to make footprints – to try the untried or take a risk to make a change, to find their genius, and have fun at what they do.
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Carol Corio

About this Column

Each month, Carol Corio will be presenting a column on Integrated Health Therapy. In consultation with other experts and professionals in the field, this column is designed to bring you the latest news and advances happening in alternative medicine as an integrative approach to healing.

About Carol Corio    

Integrated Health Therapies Editor

Carol Corio has been studying integrated health therapies for more than 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (EIT) sharing her long-time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, an independent, private, non-profit, Medicare certified CHAP accredited, family centered, dedicated team of professionals providing excellent care services on the South Shore since 1979. In addition to her role as Community Relations Liaison for Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, Carol is a Master Trainer for AGE-u-cate LLC, creator of Dementia Live™, a dementia simulation experiential program to educate families and professionals caring for individuals with dementia. For information, call 781-341-4145, visit http://www.oldcolonyhospice.com, or email Carol at ccorio@oldcolonyhospice.com

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Reiki: A great way to relax

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Reiki is one of the most recognized and embraced of the healing energy modalities.

“Reiki originated in Tibet or India, and the healing system is about 2,500 years old. Reiki migrated with Buddhist sages to Southeast Asia and China, then to Japan, where the known Reiki history begins, and through Hawaii with Hawayo Takata to the West. Reiki healing has transcended many cultures, languages, religions, and most of the geography. The energy has survived and prevailed…” according to Diane Stein, who has authored many books on Reiki and healing energy modalities. This quote is from her book, “Essential Reiki.”

If I were to describe Reiki, it is an example of an energy relaxation technique which involves a gentle placing of hands on an individual’s body (in different places) and in combination with a positive, clear intention to create a relaxation response. Recipients, backed up by outside research, indicate it allows the body to find balance, provides relaxation, reduces pain and fatigue, relieves stress and anxiety, and improves overall quality of life. It is also an important technique to be used for self-care, self-healing, and balancing.

I interviewed two Licensed Practical Nurses who have been teaching together Reiki Master training classes on the South Shore. Jill Fay, LPN, is the Clinical Liaison for Alliance Healthcare and has additional training as a Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Hypnotherapist (CHT), and Certified Energy Medicine. Linda Lavin, LPN, is the Clinical Liaison for Royal Health Group and is a Reiki Master Teacher. Teaching classes together, Jill and Linda have certified over 100 individuals and healthcare professionals during the last ten years that they have been offering classes.

According to Jill Fay, “Reiki is a non-invasive hands-on healing energy. Reiki aids in alleviating stress, pain and other dis-eases. Every living thing radiates energy or life force. Reiki’s healing energy goes where it is needed. It is a relaxation technique that has been proven to aid in stress reduction.”

When Reiki was first introduced, one of the reasons it was not embraced was that so many felt that it was not in alignment with their religious doctrines. Over time, many more have experienced the loving energy that is Reiki and come to understand it as a wonderful relaxation technique that is not affiliated with any particular religion, but does assist recipients to connect to whatever universal spirit, spiritual energy, angel, prayer, or religious doctrine each person believes in their heart.  According to Linda Lavin, “The Reiki Practitioner is the conduit for bringing the healing energy to each recipient. The energy is received from Universal energy and God source and honors whatever personal, spiritual, or religious belief system each person receiving Reiki believes in.”

There is lots of research on the positive effects of Reiki. “It has been medically proven to reduce blood pressure, lower respiration and heart rates, slow bleeding, and reduce stress,” according to Diane Stein. Right here in Boston, at one of our prestigious hospitals, a study of the benefits of Reiki was one of the first in the country. Every day, more medical and healthcare organizations and hospitals include Reiki as part of their practice services.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital has played a historical role in the development of Reiki in the medical setting by creating one of the largest hospital Reiki programs in the world. Their program consists of over 60 volunteer Reiki practitioners, as well as nurses and other staff members certified to perform Reiki. Over the past eight years, Reiki volunteers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have provided over 40,000 Reiki sessions to patients, family members, and hospital staff. Many BWH nurses, doctors, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists, and chaplains request Reiki sessions for their patients, as well as for themselves, on a regular basis. All this information was accessed from the BWH website: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/About_BWH/volunteer/Reiki.aspx

Reiki has a long history of increasing recognition. When I have spoken with families about offering Reiki to their loved one at end of life, I am pleased to see the giant leap of recognition that families have about embracing Reiki–not just to acceptance but to a positive change in perception and acknowledgement of the benefits. Nowadays, most people have at least heard of “Reiki” or know someone who has had a positive experience receiving Reiki, even if they haven’t had the opportunity to experience it firsthand. It is my hope that by reading this article, it will inspire you to want to learn more about Reiki for your own self-care or have a Reiki session from a Reiki Practitioner.

27d2a1d-1About the Author

Integrated Health Therapies Editor

Carol Corio has been studying integrated health therapies for more than 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (EIT) sharing her long-time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, an independent, private, non-profit, Medicare certified CHAP accredited, family centered, dedicated team of professionals providing excellent care services on the South Shore since 1979. In addition to her role as Community Relations Liaison for Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, Carol is a Master Trainer for AGE-u-cate LLC, creator of Dementia Live™, a dementia simulation experiential program to educate families and professionals caring for individuals with dementia. For information, call 781-341-4145, visit http://www.oldcolonyhospice.com, or email Carol at ccorio@oldcolonyhospice.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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