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Botsford Cancer Center Offers Reiki and Massage Services to Patients

Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 9, 2010)---Starting in September, Botsford Hospital’s Cancer Center will be offering Reiki and clinical massage therapy services for patients undergoing cancer treatment. 
 
Reiki is a technique that was developed in Japan for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that every person possesses an energy source or life force that supports the body’s ability to heal itself. A Reiki administrator can help guide that person toward finding that energy and being in balance, enabling the body to heal. 
 
Nicholle Mehr, Director of the Botsford Cancer Center, says, “Some cancer patients claim that Reiki has helped with pain management, relaxation and side effects of treatment like nausea and stomach upset. We decided that offering one free session would be beneficial to our patients and might help them during their treatment. It is important to note that Reiki is not an alternative cancer treatment and does not cure cancer. It is a complementary therapy that can help ease the emotional and physical side effects of treatment.” 
 
Mehr also states, “Clinical oncology massage increases relaxation, decreases side effects of cancer treatments, decreases anxiety, improves mood and improves peripheral neuropathy. Our massage therapist is certified in clinical oncology and knowledgeable about safe practices for patients undergoing cancer treatments.” 
 
Starting in September, Botsford Cancer Center Radiation Oncology patients will receive a free coupon for a Clinical Massage session and Reiki session to try conveniently at the Botsford Cancer Center. After the trial sessions, the patients will have the option to continue with monthly sessions at the Cancer Center for a fee. If patients prefer to have sessions more often, they will be referred to the Botsford Center for Health Improvement in Novi. Community members may also benefit from Reiki and massage therapy at the Botsford Center for Health Improvement located at 39750 Grand River Avenue in Novi. 
 
Botsford Cancer Center patients may contact (248) 471-8120 for details. Community members may contact the Botsford Center for Health Improvement about available services at (248) 473-3100.

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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