New Complementary Therapy Offered at Eastern Maine Medical Center


Eastern Maine Medical Center is committed to offering our patients a full range of services, and this includes a new complementary therapy. The therapy is called Reiki - a Japanese technique used for stress reduction and relaxation, pain relief, immune system support, improved blood flow, and comfort and relief from treatment side effects of some medical treatments. Certified Reiki practitioners, who are also registered EMMC volunteers, use light touch to redirect energy to specific parts of the body.

 “Patients have asked for this service, so we are responding to their requests. It is well integrated into the clinical services we provide,” comments director of Rehabilitation Services, Peter Keebler, MD.

“This is a really nice service for us to offer to our patients,” explains Paula Ballesteros, RN, BSN, MSB, department head nurse on Rehab, where the program was piloted. “We are hearing lots of stories about how patients have benefited.”

Patricia Woell, wife of Rehab patient Fred Woell, has seen the results firsthand. “I’ve seen amazing, interesting things with the treatments,” Patricia noted. “He is definitely benefiting from it. During one of the sessions, Fred got very calm and fell into a deep sleep – something he hadn’t been able to do for a while.”

Volunteers are an integral part of the Reiki program, as they administer 100% of the Reiki sessions. “Without the energy, hours and support of our volunteers we would not have been able to start this program,” said Martha Wildman, director, Volunteer Services. “We have fabulous volunteers who have put their heart and soul into this project.”

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