REIKI IN PORTUGAL (2017)
by Eugenio Lepine
HOSPITAL SAO JOAO
This hospital has been a very important part of the reiki integration into the Portuguese healthcare system. It has been one of the first to offer reiki therapy to patients with cancer, and it has also been the place where an important study was realized by the nursery staff in order to measure the impact that reiki has in the general well-being and diminish anxiety of said patients. Results indicate that reiki makes patients feel more balanced and resilient. This study has been object of a television capsule broadcasted by RTP.
COVA DA BEIRA HOSPITAL
This medical facility located in the city of Fundao has also had an RTP news report which shows how holistic integration should take place; as reiki is a complementary therapy being applied alongside traditional systems. The success is so big that the waiting list is about 3 months in order to receive reiki therapy at this place.
IPO PORTO DAY HOSPITAL
IPO stands for Portuguese Oncology Institute. The public day hospital at Porto intends to become a Centre of Excellence at medical treatment of cancer patients, through a multidisciplinary approach, privileging at all times the psychosocial wellbeing of the patient and his/her family.
During the treatments, the patients may enjoy: psychosocial, social and volunteer support. At the Relaxing and Aesthetics room is where (with the self-esteem in mind and, consequently, the physical and psychological wellbeing of each patient) a proper environment was created where he/she may experience relaxing and self-image valuation techniques, namely reflexology, reiki, aesthetics, and manicure. These treatments are performed by qualified professionals.
Acronym for Cancer Patients Support Association, this is maybe the biggest volunteer association in Portugal of its type. And yes, they offer reiki therapy at many hospitals. Here is a list of some of the medical facilities that collaborate with them:
- PORTO- IPO PORTO, Sa Joao Hospital, Pedro Hispano Hospital.
- LISBOA- IPO LISBOA
- COIMBRA- IPO COIMBRA