Reiki is an ancient, gentle, hands-on, energy healing therapy The Japanese word Reiki describes a system for tapping into the universal life force, sometimes referred to a chi or qui,
the energy that creates and sustains all life. Reiki is a precise
method for connecting life force energy with the body's innate healing
ability and assists with restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and
Reiki is non-invasive, has no side effects, and is safe to use in any
situation. It facilitates a deep state of relaxation, and can be used
to manage stress and promote well-being. The receiver of Reiki is always
completely in charge, and the effects are always for the highest
healing good. The provider of Reiki benefits, as well, as (s)he is the
conduit for this flow of energy.
The goal of the Reiki Volunteer Program is to provide a Reiki
treatment upon request, or by referral, for every patient walking
through the doors of Dana-Farber on the day of their first visit for
treatment of their disease. Certified Reiki practitioners, under the
guidance of Zakim Center staff, will provide complimentary 15-minute
Reiki Treatments in patient care areas.
Adult Dana-Farber Cancer Institute patients
Days and Times Needed
Volunteers will be available Monday through Friday during the hours
of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The expectation is that the volunteer will be
available for the same two-hour block, one day per week.
Volunteers in this role must be:
- Certified Reiki Level II Practitioners
- Able to articulate Reiki concepts and practice to the satisfaction of Zakim Center Reiki Master Practitioners
- Warm, caring, sensitive individuals who display compassion for others
- Able to follow directions and take supervision
- Able to work with patients and families in stressful situations while remaining empathetic and non-judgmental
- Committed, reliable, flexible, and able to provide at least a two-hour-per-week, one-year commitment
- Able to support all adult and pediatric patients, including sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic differences
- Good communicators
- Maintain neat, clean appearance at all times
- Upon arriving on floor, check with the nursing staff to determine
patients who have expressed interest, or may be interested in receiving a
- Review each patient's eligibility with the nurse. Patients
experiencing acute psychosis or other unstable medical conditions may be
advised to wait to receive session.
- Identify the patient by verbally asking them their first and last names.
- Introduce yourself to the patient and briefly describe the process and benefits of Reiki.
- Ensure that the patient is in a supportive position, either sitting
in a chair or lying on a bed. Instruct the patient to inform the
practitioner of any discomfort during the session.
- Follow proper hand-washing techniques before and after providing Reiki.
- Do not treat the patient's torso (chest or abdomen).
- Document treatment on the Reiki Flow Sheet. Upon completion of shift, place Flow Sheet in Reiki Binder in nurses' station.
Training and Education
- Volunteer Services orientation
- Mandatory in-service programs
- Reiki Level II Certified
- Required evaluation by the Zakim Reiki Master