Cancer Care




Reiki is a healing arts technique originating in Japan. Reiki was discovered in Japan by Dr. Usui in the early 1900s. Reiki can activate the body’s natural ability to heal. Through gentle hands-on healing, Reiki treats the whole person—body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This may create beneficial effects including a sense of relaxation, a feeling of peace, and well-being.

Photo: Volunteer giving reiki to a patient.

Reiki complements medical treatment. It is non-intrusive and does not interfere with religious beliefs. 

Reiki (pronounced ‘ray key’) is a Japanese word composed of two parts: 

  • Rei means universal consciousness. 
  • Ki means the life force. 
What does Reiki feel like?

Reiki is given through a gentle touch but can be performed without the use of touch. While the client is seated or lying down and fully clothed, the practitioner’s hands are placed along energy centers and pathways on the head, shoulders, upper chest, abdomen, legs, and feet. You may feel warmth, coolness, gentle tingling, or deep relaxation. 

Benefits of Reiki may include…
  • Relaxation and stress reduction
  • Relief of pain and muscle tension
  • Promotion of  the body’s self-healing abilities
  • Increased energy
  • A heightened sense of well being
  • Balancing of emotions
Reiki at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, NH

Reiki is offered in the outpatient clinic areas and the inpatient oncology unit of Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, NH. This service is managed by Patient and Family Support Services and performed by our DHMC family of trained volunteers. For specific times reiki is available this month, please see our calendar (PDF).

This program and others like it are offered through Support Services and supported by the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center and through private donations.