Reiki for Patients of The Denver Hospice

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Guest Blog: Gail Nickels, SW Denver Reiki and volunteer at The Denver Hospice

Did you know that we teach both Reiki I and Reiki II for The Denver Hospice? I have been a Reiki Master/Teacher for 14 years and received my first degree 17 years ago.

For six years, I volunteered with Lifespark Cancer Resources providing Reiki treatments to cancer patients. Through this experience, I truly learned a lot, especially the value of Reiki treatments for the sick and dying. Reiki is a gentle, noninvasive therapy. It is a hands-on (not massage) method that promotes comfort, peace and healing. The client stays fully clothed during a treatment. It really works well with anxiety and this is part of the reason that it works so well with Hospice.

What does it take to be a good Reiki practitioner? Simply put, empathy and compassion. These are qualities that I see in every Hospice volunteer that I meet, so you qualify. We teach Reiki for The Denver Hospice throughout the year. The classes meet 2 days during the same week…usually Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 until 3:00. There is class time and practice time. We also offer extra practice time on the 3rd Saturday of each month. We meet at the Inpatient Care Center in Lowry from 11:00-1:00 providing 20 minute Reiki sessions to staff, families and each other. We are working on offering a Reiki I class over 2 Saturdays in October for those who can’t do a weekday session. One must hold their first degree certificate for 3 months before taking Level II. Certificates are awarded at the end of each course.

We have had some amazing results doing Reiki with The Denver Hospice. So, jump on board and get your Reiki certification. You can contact Kim White, volunteer services manager for more information. I look forward to sharing some Reiki stories in future blog posts.

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