“Supporting Clients Going Through Chemotherapy” An Article in Energy Magazine

c. Jeri Lawson 2016 All Rights ReservedI finally wrote the article I had wanted to read when I first started my healing practice. I answered all the questions I had about how to support clients through chemotherapy energetically.

This is the culmination of 16 years of experience. Now all healers, especially Healing Touch Practitioners, may feel even more inspired to assist people who are going through chemotherapy.

It will be forever online and accessible at the Healing Touch Program’s Energy Magazine archive after January 5th.  You can download it here in a PDF version and here in the flip-page format. The article is on page 25 through 28.

If you are supporting someone going through chemotherapy, please feel free to call me with any questions. You can make a tremendous difference in your client, friend or family member’s healing journey.

Many thanks to Energy Magazine Editors Karin Ogren and the Margaret Nies.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California 510-601-9632

Healing Touch As Support Through Chemotherapy: Another Testimonial

Buddha Sits At The Steps Of The Healing Space

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“I began to meet with Jeri before I received my second diagnosis of breast cancer. I must have intuited the tumor.

Jeri’s positive and clear energy helped me meet the most scary and trying moments that were to come. I met with her after my surgery and healed beautifully. My mindfulness yoga practice helped as well.

I began my series (4) of Chemotherapy infusions and would meet with Jeri right after. I had hardly any uncomfortable symptoms, slept well, had an appetite and have lost no weight. I will be going on Hormone Therapy and plan to continue to include Healing Touch as part of my Integrative Healing journey.”

Susana Renaud

Even though I have had a healing practice for over 16 years, I am still in awe of this work.

I know that someday energetic healing will be available in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and hospice centers to prevent disease and keep us in balance.

Every testimonial written and published awakens our collective consciousness to the power of Healing Touch and Reiki, and integrates energy work into our medical culture and daily reality.

Thank you for the testimonial, Susana.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California 510-601-9632

Research: The Use of Healing Touch in Integrative Oncology

I would like to share some research about energy work supporting people with cancer.

“Growing evidence supports the potential benefits to patients with cancer when the best conventional care is combined effectively with complementary approaches (Deng & Cassileth, 2005; Deng et al., 2007). Patients want more information about the potential benefits of complementary therapies; in addition, they believe access to those therapies should be included in standard cancer care (Coss, McGrath & Caggiano, 1998).”

The Use of Healing Touch in Integrative Oncology by Laura K. Hart, RN, PhD, CHTP/I, Mildred I. Freel, RN, MEd, CHTP/I, Pam J. Haylock, PhD, RN, and Susan K. Lutgendorf, PhD

This in-depth article was written for oncology nurses describing the integrative use of Healing Touch in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation for cervical cancer patients. It can be downloaded from The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI). Warning: If you go to the CHI website you may be there for hours. It’s fascinating.

The Use of Healing Touch in Integrative Oncology is a dense and informative article. There is even a breakdown of several Healing Touch techniques – magnetic connecting and clearing, chakra connection, liver drain and mind clearing – and how each technique benefits the patients.

There are many interesting ideas in this article that I could write about, but that would make a very long post. I will just note here how the article defines of words “complementary” and “integrative.”

“Referring to alternative modalities as complementary indicates that they are being used in conjunction with conventional therapy. When the modalities are considered integrative, they are being incorporated into the care delivery of the medical system.”

I think I will be using the word “integrative” quite a bit now – especially when manifesting a world vision of energy work becoming readily available in our medical culture. Yes!

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Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California 510-601-9632

 

Healing Touch For Chemotherapy

I made this video to introduce Healing Touch to people who have decided to go through Chemotherapy.

My dream is that everyone going through Chemo will have Healing Touch and energy work available to them.

Please feel free to share.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

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The Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

Below is a very sweet video about the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in Oakland, California.

I have been volunteering at the clinic for about eight years, and I have learned so much about energetic healing, neuropathy, lymphedema and the body’s innate ability to heal itself. After every shift, I feel so much gratitude. Gratitude for the sacred space I share with the clients, gratitude for everything I learned that day, gratitude that a place such as Charlotte Maxwell even exists.

The Charlotte Maxwell Clinic provides holistic healing services to low-income women with cancer. This includes Acupressure, Acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Massage, Reiki, Qigong, Healing Touch, Feldenkrais, Chinese Herbs, Western Herbs, Homeopathy, and Guided Imagery. There are also self-help workshops and classes for the clients on lymphedema, cooking, yoga and breast cancer rehab. Here is just one amazing fact from CMC’s website:

“Women who participated in any moderate-intensity recreational physical activity, such as brisk walking, after breast cancer diagnosis had an approximately 64% lower risk of death than inactive women.”

Read more about the benefits of exercise by clicking here.

If you want to come to the clinic, all you must have is a cancer diagnosis. You don’t have to prove you are low-income.

You also don’t have to be a healer to volunteer. The clinic needs drivers, interpreters and support staff, too. Volunteer Trainings are held 4-5 times per year, and they take place over the course of one weekend.

 

It really is all about the love.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

Complementary Therapies in Mainstream Medicine

There is a lot of healing going on in Asheville, North Carolina.

 Lourdes Lorenz

Lourdes Lorenz

In this article by how Reiki and Healing Touch – as well as other complementary therapies such as guided imagery, aromatherapy, breathwork, massage, and biofeedback – are being integrated into mainstream medicine.

I discovered that in 2007 Lourdes Lorenz, a nurse of 33 years, started an integrative healthcare department at Mission Hospital in Asheville.  She has trained over 450 nurses to use Healing Touch.

Think about that: 450 nurses doing Healing Touch.

Talk about “being the change.” Thank you, Lourdes Lorenz!

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

 

 

A Video Report: Healing Touch Therapy Reduces Pain And Anxiety

I just love this little news video about Healing Touch. Click here to watch it.

I love the shot of a women receiving a session with her full-length boots on. I love hearing about another headache that was released with energy work, and I love the fact this was made in Ketchum, Idaho.

Enjoy.

 

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California

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A Healing Community

With Laurie Ratto at the California Healing Touch Conference

With Laurie Ratto at the California Healing Touch Conference

I am part of a community of Healing Touch Practitioners who live and work throughout the Bay Area. This community is a continual source of inspiration and support for me in my healing practice. Today I would like to share an article written by my colleague Laurie Ratto,“Healing Touch Helps Those with Cancer”.

Laurie Ratto has a private Aromatherapy and Healing Touch Practice in Alameda, California. She is also a RN. In this article Laurie mentions our volunteer work as Healing Touch Practitioners at the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic. While she writes about my success with neuropathy in my private practice, it was one of Laurie’s sessions at Charlotte Maxwell that made me first realize how beneficial Healing Touch could be for my clients going through Chemotherapy.

I am not an isolated healer. I am part of a dynamic, enthusiastic, heart-centered group of healers who are creating a new paradigm of possibilities. These are exciting times.

Enjoy Laurie’s article.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm,in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. 510-601-9632

 

Healing Touch Brings Relief to Cancer Patients

DSC_4049I would like to thank Johanna McCloy for the wonderful article,  “Healing Touch Brings Relief to Cancer Patients.” She wrote about Healing Touch, my healing practice, and how beneficial energy work can be for anyone going through Chemotherapy or Radiation.

Thank you, Johanna!

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Healing Touch Sessions For Life After Cancer

DirectionsIn this blog I have written several posts on how practical and supportive Healing Touch sessions are for anyone going through Chemotherapy or Radiation, and how much relief my clients have had from the side effects of neuropathy, fatigue and body pain.

In my healing practice, I have also witnessed how supportive energetic sessions are for people after cancer.

Some cancer survivors appear to pick up their life right where they left off when they are finished with western cancer treatments. Other clients find they are disoriented and unsure about how to move forward. Friends and family expect them to be happy and grateful and instead they may feel lost or angry. Some people also start processing their fear, anger and grief after it’s all over and they feel it’s safe.

Here is a selection from “Life After Cancer” by Meghan Brennan describing her last day of cancer treatment:

“…I climbed into my car, put the keys in the ignition, and waited for the joy that was certain to follow — after so many disappointments, the day had finally arrived. I’d be able to walk unaided; I’d be able to breathe. Strangers would stop addressing me as “sir.”

Instead of joy, I spent the next 30 minutes crying effortlessly into my steering wheel. That was when I knew: I’d lost it. What person with even a shred of understanding would act this way? Who responds to the conclusion of an active fight against death with increasing levels of depression, anxiety and grief? Well… I did.”

Everyone who has had a cancer diagnosis has their own unique journey. When I had thyroid cancer, I had scheduled a surgery merely to have a cyst removed from my throat and discovered afterwards that I had also had thyroid cancer. (Interestingly, the cyst had nothing to do with the cancer.) I was extremely lucky and felt like I glided through the whole event. Support was everywhere, on every level. Compared to my migraines – which were extremely traumatizing and emotionally charged for me – cancer was a non event.

As a healer, I never assume to know what my client is feeling or going through. I just set my intention to hold the highest space possible and the energy meets my client were they are at.

Clients often find during a healing that when they fully relax, they connect with their own inner guidance and find a sense of what their next step is. Sometimes it’s a profound insight and sometimes that guidance is much more subtle. It might be about what to do that day — like call a friend for lunch or find a certain book to read. Yet that immediate next step connects them to the rest of their journey and is exactly what they needed to do at that moment. This is one example how Healing Touch sessions not only help with pain relief for the body, but can also help with the larger issue of how to regain one’s life after cancer.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.