Reiki reaches out to cancer patients


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Reiki practitioners and volunteers who participated in Dubai poses for a souvenir photo. (by Louie Fungo.)

(May 09, 2016) DUBAI -“Compassionately created to help cancer patients cope,” is how the organization, Reaching Out With Reiki Middle East (ROWR ME) is  best described. Such is also their guiding principle in conducting their annual spring and winter activities.

Me (left), a volunteering Reiki practitioner with Kasey Conrad (right) receiving support. (photo by Virgilio Lichauco)

ROWR ME ,supported by Change Works HRC, Abu Dhabi,  is established to provide 2 days of complimentary healing approach to cancer survivors and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients of all ages and at any stage of cancer/MS. It is a 2-day, 4 -session weekend event, free of charge.

Reiki session ongoing. (Photo by Louie Fungo)

“We’ve put together a core group of professional and dedicated Reiki practitioners, with passion and the motivation to make a positive difference to organize and coordinate the project, ” according to Kasey Conrad, the event organizer.

A post-Reiki session conversation  with the participants usually ends in a light and fun mood . (Photo by Louie Fungo)

Reaching Out With Reiki Middle East volunteer project is an adaptation of  a program designed for cancer patients in New Mexico, United States of America since 1996. More than 120 individuals in the United Arab Emirates. have joined their first events in October 2015.

The group of Filipino volunteers (cancer warriors of Kabayan Cancer Patients) join the Reaching Out with Reiki Middle East as volunteers too. (photo by Virgilio Lichauco

“We are looking forward to maximizing our impact on the community through this project, and building lasting relationships with support organizations, Brest Friends Dubai, Bosom Buddies Abu Dhabi, Dr Diab NMC, Dr. Tank Doctors Clinic, Dr Dehab Al Twaam hospital and individuals who are joining us on our journey.”

Reiki practitioners and participants seal their appreciation with hugs and well-wishes. (Photo by Louie Fungo)

In a standard procedure, Reiki energy flows from the practitioners’ hands into the client. The recipient is usually laying on a massage table but it can also be done  while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the recipient’s body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the recipient needs at each position. The session usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes. (

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Reaching Out with Reiki MIddle East gives back to the community by providing free Reiki sessions during spring and winter. (Photo by Louie Fungo)



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