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Complementary Therapy

 

Reiki Therapy

     Pet Therapy

Aromatherapy

 
Reiki Therapy

Reiki is a non-invasive, gentle healing discipline that promotes comfort and rest through balancing the body’s energy centers and harnessing the Universal Life Force/ Energy that is always abundantly flowing all around and through us. Though mostly invisible to the naked eye, it is keenly felt through the positive balancing sensations physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Drawing from this life force, Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer Reiki Therapy to its patients as a natural approach to healing and wellness by channeling energy. Reiki is a complementary healing therapy that, when combined with traditional therapy as prescribed by a physician, promotes relaxation and comfort. Reiki is not a cure. It is a relaxation technique that releases and restores energy flow, allowing the body’s own natural healing ability to work. This form of therapy promotes healing to the mind, body and soul.

Orange Regional’s Reiki Therapy program was made possible by the Holistic Health Consultants of the Hudson Valley with generous funding from the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness.

Frequently Asked Questions about Reiki Therapy

How does Reiki Therapy work? 
Conducted in a quiet environment, the patient will sit or lie comfortably, fully clothed while a certified Reiki Practitioner conducts a session. The Reiki Practitioner will place his/her hands lightly on or just above the patient’s body, typically corresponding to their energy centers, also known as Chakra’s. These energy centers vibrate and spin at different frequencies ranging from the top of the head/crown and along the spinal column to the base/tailbone. Other places of light contact may be along the arms, legs and feet. When receiving a session from an accredited Orange Regional Reiki Practitioner, these energy centers return to a more balanced state. Some patients report feeling a deep sense of comfort, rest, radiant warmth and a reduction in pain. 

Why should I consider Reiki Therapy? 
Reiki Therapy has been used worldwide for health and healing since the late 1800’s. Reiki has gained popularity more recently in the United States for its effectiveness in healthcare practices due to its ability to relieve tension, reduce stress and improve sleep while encouraging the body to heal itself naturally.  

Is Reiki Therapy safe? 
Reiki Therapy is very safe. It is a non-invasive, relaxing technique with little to no physical contact. 

Is Reiki Therapy available for all ages? 
Yes, Orange Regional offers Reiki Therapy to patients of all ages. 

How will I feel after a Reiki Therapy session? 
Each person responds to Reiki Therapy individually. Feelings can range from refreshed and relaxed to comfortable and stress free. There is growing scientific data that supports the effectiveness of Reiki Therapy and some healthcare professionals find it to be useful in helping reduce stress and anxiety which, in turn, allows the body to heal more quickly. 

What are the Benefits of Reiki Therapy? 
Patients in the hospital setting experience many stressors that can weaken the function of the immune system and interfere with healing. Reiki Therapy focuses on restoring the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual capacities of each individual while enhancing the healing process. 

There are numerous benefits of Reiki Therapy, including:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Deep relaxation
  • Alleviating pain
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Accelerating recovery
  • Reducing side effects from surgery and long-term illness

Is there a fee for Reiki Therapy? 
Reiki Therapy is a free service offered by Orange Regional during a patient’s hospital stay. 

How long is a Reiki session? 
Sessions typically run 15 minutes to 1 hour. 

How do I request a session? 
Patients should notify their physicians to request a Reiki Therapy session. Upon physician approval, a session will be arranged within 48 hours. Once scheduled, a certified Registered Nurse Reiki Practitioner will conduct your Reiki Therapy session in your room. 

Orange Regional's Reiki Therapy program was made possible through funding from the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness.

Corinne Feller was a life-long Montgomery, New York resident and standout student and athlete at Valley Central High School. Corinne touched many lives with her generosity of spirit, commitment to fairness, and social consciousness. After a 10-month battle, Corinne died of ovarian cancer at age 18 in 1999. Her untimely death brought to light the need for heightened awareness about ovarian cancer and increased funding for research to find a cure. Visit www.corinnefeller.org for more information.
 
For more information about our free Reiki Therapy program, please speak with your physician or contact the Reiki Therapy Program Coordinator at 845-333-2105.

Pet Therapy

The Pet Therapy Program at Orange Regional was created to make a positive impact on the health and wellness of our patients on a daily basis. In addition to their wagging tails, happy faces and warm noses, our therapy dogs contribute to the many benefits that pet therapy provides including: diminished pain; lower blood pressure; increased relaxation; stress reduction; increased socialization and reminiscence; encouragement for patients to communicate despite speech or hearing disabilities; companionship; mental stimulation; mood improvement; a welcome distraction from illness and hospitalization and a reduction in boredom.

A visit by a therapy dog and their handler not only helps brighten the day for our patients but also brings joy to our staff and visitors. With the understanding that some patients have health restrictions that prevent them from being visited, the Pet Therapy Program works in collaboration with the hospital’s departments, excluding the Intensive and Progressive Care Units. The Program also includes the Pediatrics Department.

If you or your family would like more information on the Pet Therapy Program, please contact Director of Volunteer Resources, Debbie Linken, at 333-0213 or dlinken@ormc.org.

Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment that uses medicinal grade therapeutic essential oils that can be applied alone, in its purest form, or mixed with a carrier oil. Essential oils are highly fragrant natural extracts taken from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant. A number of oils can be blended together and tailored to a patient’s individualized needs. The oils are absorbed by the body through the skin or through inhalation, promoting a healing energy. Aromatherapy is a complementary healing therapy that, when combined with traditional therapy as prescribed by a physician, promotes relaxation and comfort.


Frequently Asked Questions about Aromatherapy

How does Aromatherapy treat patients?
Conducted in a quiet environment, the patient falls into a relaxed and meditative state as a trained nurse conducts an Aromatherapy session.  Patients sit or lie comfortably, full clothed. The practitioner uses a blend of natural oils and gently massages them into the patient’s skin, where they are absorbed by the body. The fragrances in the oils stimulate the nerves in the nose, sending impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. As a result, the body
is relaxed.

Why should I consider Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy has been known to relieve stress and stimulate the body to produce pain-fighting substances. It has also been used to treat physical and mental health conditions, including infections, depression, insomnia and high blood pressure.  

Is Aromatherapy safe?
Aromatherapy is a safe, non-invasive relaxing technique performed by Orange Regional’s experienced, trained nurses. As with any treatment, patients should not undergo Aromatherapy without first consulting a doctor.  Pregnant women should not use aromatherapy, as some oils may cause uterine contractions.

Is Aromatherapy available for all patients?
Orange Regional offers Aromatherapy to oncology patients who are 18 years of age and older.  

How will I feel after an Aromatherapy session?
There is some scientific data that supports the effectiveness of Aromatherapy, however each person will respond differently. Feelings can range from refreshed and relaxed to comfortable and stress free. Some healthcare professionals find it to be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety which in turn allows the body to heal more quickly.

What are the benefits of Aromatherapy?
Patients in the hospital setting experience many stressors that can weaken the function of the immune system and interfere with healing.  Aromatherapy focuses on relaxing the body, improving its ability to deal with stress and pain.  
Benefits of Aromatherapy include:
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Deep relaxation
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased blood flow throughout the body
  • Improved rate of tissue repair
  • Improved emotional well-being
Is there a fee for Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a complimentary service offered by Orange Regional during a patient’s hospital stay.

How long is an Aromatherapy session?
Sessions can last as long as it takes to provide therapeutic results based on the patient’s needs.

How do I request a session?
Patients should notify their nurse to request an Aromatherapy session and an appointment will be arranged for you within 48 hours of your request.  Once scheduled, a nurse trained in Aromatherapy will conduct a session in your room.

For more information about our free Aromatherapy program, please speak with your physician or contact the Aromatherapy Program Coordinator at 845-333-2105.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Aromatherapy program is made possible by the Holistic Health Consultants of the Hudson Valley with generous support from the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness.

Orange Regional Medical Center
707 East Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940
845-333-1000

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