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Reiki improves mental and physical health after cancer

By Domna Dali One Colorado winter morning, Todd Lovrien put off a doctor’s visit, as many of us are guilty of, until he put his ski boots on. Recent, increasingly cold sensations and exhaustion were almost overwhelming him, and therefore more unusual than any other time before hitting the slopes. Thyroid cancer will get in…


Promising Numbers

Two months ago the GatewayCR.org blog gave anecdotal numbers from cancer patients receiving Reiki at a university hospital cancer infusion center, reporting “much to great” improvement for: Relaxation (89%) Anxiety and worry (75%) Improved attitude (75%) Improved mood (81%) Improved sleep (43%) Reduced pain (45%) Reduced isolation and loneliness (38%) Improved mood (30%) Gateway also reported that…


Reiki and The Mind/Body Connection

“Scientific evidence shows the mind and body are connected, and both must be at peace when fighting cancer,” author, blogger and cancer caregiver Lauraine Kimber recently posted. “Patients with high expectations of getting better often do because of the release of biological chemicals altering specific areas of the brain to aid in recovery.  Increasingly, hospitals…


In every land and time: an informal history of hands-on healing

By Bob Reynolds You might already know that treating illness with touch has been around a very long time. Energy therapy’s colorful history goes back many millennia and its techniques are practiced—in one form or another—all over the globe.  From Hawaii to Japan, India to Tibet, Brazil to the Philippines, and in ancient Egypt and…


A four-year LifeSpark provider talks about Reiki

Reiki Runs Through Everything By Bob Reynolds Kimberly Hedden-Welch’s living room gives a hint of the myriad facets of her life: Her walls and shelves are festooned with art of many sorts, from sketches of graphic novel superheroes to landscapes and cathedrals. One feels drawn in, welcomed into her world. Warm colors and rich textures…


One participant’s experience with healing touch

By Amelia Dress The machines beep quietly in the background as Jill describes her experiences with Healing Touch. With a long day of chemo treatment ahead of her, Jill suggested we talk by phone while she was in the hospital receiving her treatment.  “It breaks up the boredom,” she laughed. Jill’s easy laughter is one…


LifeSpark Sessions Support the Spirit

By Bernice Radakovits (This speech was given at Touching Tomorrow on October 23, 2015 to a crowd of nearly 200 people.) Fear of public speaking ranks one number on the phobia chart, death number two. When I was invited to speak at this event I decided that facing cancer was a bigger fear than facing…


Reiki and breast cancer surgery

In an editorial entitled “Alternative Therapy for Breast Cancer: Outcomes, Obstacles and Opportunities” published in the April 2011 issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology, author Sheldon Marc Feldman, MD, FACS, and Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center discussed the reasons patients require more than just traditional Western medicine in order…


Interview with George Karl, former Denver Nuggets Coach

George Karl, former coach of the Denver Nuggets, current coach of the Sacramento Kings, and one of the most successful coaches in NBA history was recently interviewed by LifeSpark. He talks about his cancer journey, and his belief in complementary therapies such as Reiki. View the inspiring video here.


A spirit of openness

By Amelia Dress Liz had never heard of Reiki before her cancer diagnosis.  It was her mom who found the information tucked in a folder of papers.  Deciding anything was worth a try, Liz scheduled her first appointment and met Heather, the practitioner who has become an instrumental part of her healing process. “When I…