The Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford offers complementary therapies which I have been interested in. My Macmillan nurse said he would refer me for treatment and a couple of weeks later I received a phone call asking if I’d like to go along to the hospice on Wednesday 20th March. I wasn’t given any information on what therapies were available, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I left for the hospice fairly early to make sure I could find it and be there on time. I have been there before, but only once. The last time I was there I dropped in a cheque for sponsorship from a 100 mile charity bike ride I took part in. How different things are now!
I waited for about 15 minutes in the reception area until a lady appeared who introduced herself as Sheila. She told me there were a few therapies available at different times and days but she was a Reiki practitioner and reiki was the only treatment she did. Sheila asked me if I’d had any complementary therapies before and I said I’d dabbled with natal hypnotherapy before having Maia; I thought it really helped with the birth. I did not know about reiki though.
Sheila told me a bit about reiki. It sounded rather strange to me and I was rather dubious how it can possibly do anything, but I thought I may as well embrace it and give it a go. We had a short walk to the ‘Day Room’ where she said I was welcome any time. I was interested, but I can’t see myself going there; it rather resembled the day room of an elderly persons home. Shame.
Afterwards, Sheila showed me to a small room with a bed. She asked me to lie on the bed and get as comfortable as I could. I lay down and covered myself with a light blanket. I closed my eyes and tried to relax. Sheila put on some pan-pipey music and began the treatment. I kept my eyes shut throughout so I’m not really sure what she did, but at first I could feel her hands near my cheeks and mouth. She held them there for what seemed like quite a few minutes before moving them to near the top of my head. I think she then moved her hands to other parts of my body, just hovering them over and not really touching at all.
I tried to clear my mind and maybe let something profound enter, but I kept thinking about what I’d been doing that morning (scrubbing vegetables!) and what I was going to do that afternoon. About half-way through the treatment I got a really strong headache, and that continued until the end of the treatment, so I’m not sure what that was about.
When Sheila finished I got up and she offered me some water, which I have to say was most welcome. Apart from feeling a bit dazed and headachey, I can’t say I felt particularly different, but I don’t know if I was meant to.
Anyway, I arranged to go back again the following week. Whilst I’m unconvinced of reiki’s effectiveness at the moment, I am willing to give it a chance, and it can’t do any harm. I admit that so far my energy levels this cycle do seem to exceed how they were last cycle. Could it be the reiki? Who knows?