At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern), located in Zion, Illinois, our mind-body team offers Reiki therapy as a way to help some patients relax and manage cancer-related stress. Located midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Midwestern offers conventional treatments and a range of evidence-informed supportive therapies designed to treat the whole person, not just the cancer. Supportive care services such as nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine and mind-body therapy are designed to promote healing of the mind, body and spirit.
Reiki therapy is an integral part of the mind-body medicine team’s approach to whole-person care. Reiki therapy is a practice in which a therapist places his or her hands lightly on or over a patient's body. Reiki therapists at our Illinois hospital typically ask patients to lie down on a table, sit in chair or stand up while fully clothed. The therapist then raises his or her hand over the body to the area of focus. The therapy is thought by some to promote healing and wellness. Some patients receiving Reiki therapy may experience less anxiety, tension and fear. A sensation of relaxation and calm is another possible benefit our patients sometimes experience.
Reiki therapy recognizes the variety of ways emotional, mental and social practices may affect a patient’s health. The Reiki therapists at our Illinois cancer center are part of a comprehensive team of skilled providers focused on personalized cancer treatment. Supportive therapies like Reiki therapy are designed to meet the needs and goals of our patients before, during and after cancer treatment.