Chemotherapy often saps cancer patients of energy. As a result, fatigue can become a patient’s constant companion. Help can often be found in Reiki, a Japanese technique of balancing electrical patterns in the body.
For more than five years, Carolyn Maloney has been offering Reiki (pronounced ray-key in the U.S.) sessions to cancer patients, including many being treated with chemotherapy.
Maloney, a Reiki Master Teacher, conducts the sessions twice a month at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center. Since 1995, she has been practicing and teaching Reiki in San Antonio.
“One of the benefits of Reiki that I have found is that it releases stress and helps soothe patients,” Maloney explains. “By balancing energies, people feel more relaxed, stronger.”
Maloney describes Reiki as a safe, effective and non-invasive strategy for releasing energy stagnation and promoting healthy circulation and rhythmic harmony. Reiki means “life energy” in Japanese.
Through Reiki, the body’s ability to heal physical ailments increases, Maloney asserts. Reiki also opens the mind to the necessity for taking responsibility for one’s life.
This balancing energy is transmitted through the hands of Maloney to cancer patients. Once they experience the power of Reiki, patients are anxious to continue the sessions with the Master Teacher.
“The patients give me a big smile when they see me coming,” she says. “Some may be skeptics in the beginning, but once they experience it, they usually become enthusiastic about the sessions.”
Maloney stresses that Reiki compliments traditional medicine. “Patients should continue to see their doctor, continue treatments and continue taking medication,” she emphasizes.
Maloney brings a special passion to her work at the CTRC. Her mother lost her life to ovarian cancer. That experience helped fuel her interest in helping cancer patients.
“It has been an interesting journey,” she says of her work with cancer patients. “It has been fun working with patients."
The journey of many CTRC patients has been made a little less stressful through the healing hands of Carolyn Maloney.
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