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Natural Awakenings Lehigh Valley

Significant Results from Reiki

In the past year, more than 450 patients received free Reiki treatments from certified volunteers during their stays at Pocono Medical Center, in East Stroudsburg, and during outpatient treatments at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center. In another aspect of the hospital’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) program, an additional 400 patients received individual CAM counseling from the program’s Board Certified Medical Art Therapist, Jill Howell, for emotional well-being, stress management, relaxation techniques and coping skills.

In a survey of 200-plus patients, about 50 percent said they will utilize the breathing and visualization techniques they learned from Howell and pursue hobbies to help ease stress. The survey also showed significant increases in feelings of well-being and optimism after consults. The Reiki surveys demonstrated statistically significant reductions in pain and stress levels.

More than 30 staff members including nurses, physicians and ancillary staff have been trained in Reiki Level I. The program also includes massage therapists, musicians and artists with the goal of aiding in the healing environment. The hospital continues to seek volunteers for the program.

Location: 206 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg. For more information, email [email protected] or call 570-476-3443.

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