Banner Estrella Medical Center recognizes the benefits of combining traditional therapy with the use of integrative therapies to enhance patient care. Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is a natural therapy that uses healing energy to balance, increase well-being and support healing.
How does it work?
Healing energy exists in the body, but is depleted when you're sick or stressed. Reiki helps to increase your healing energy supply. This increased flow of healing energy sets the stage for your body, mind and spirit to heal itself. Reiki does not promise specific results.
How much will it cost?
Reiki sessions are offered to Banner Estrella patients and their families for free.
Who gives the Reiki session?
Sessions are conducted by a Reiki volunteer who has proven completion of Reiki Level II or higher certification and has also completed the Banner Estrella volunteer process.
Where are the Reiki sessions held?
Reiki sessions are held in the individual patient rooms so as not to interfere with any scheduled or routine hospital procedures.
Where does Reiki fit in with my plan of care?
Reiki is a complementary therapy to aid in your recovery and rehabilitation. Complementary therapy is non-drug therapy. Other examples are massage, relaxation, and soothing music. Sometimes a person is reluctant to try complementary therapy because of a mistaken idea that any level of success with the complementary therapy will result in pain medicine or regular procedures being decreased or withheld. Complementary therapies such as Reiki are to be used in addition to pain medications and regular procedures, not to replace them.
What are Reiki sessions like?
The patient remains in bed or can sit in a chair in their room or outpatient area. You will not be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry. The mini session lasts about 15-20 minutes. The Reiki volunteer conducts all sessions hands off, working in the space about six inches above your body. All you need to do during a Reiki session is completely relax. The Reiki experience has been described by some as a “warm, glowing radiance.”
"The Reiki session you gave me on the day before my surgery helped me to relax and get in the right frame of mind. Then the session you gave me in the hospital room following surgery helped me manage my pain with relaxation." -- Mark, surgical patient
"Thank you for giving me the gift of Reiki to help me stay calm so that I could focus on how to best support my husband.” -- Laura, Banner Estrella visitor/Partner in Caring
To schedule a Reiki session or for more information, contact:
- Reiki Therapy pager: (602) 223-5568
After the beep, enter a callback number or room number, then press the pound key (#).
- You may also contact your nurse and ask them to schedule the Reiki session for you.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Resources/Information Desk at (623) 327-4012.