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Reiki Program

Reiki practitioner laying hands on the hands of a cancer patient

Reiki sessions are available to Cancer Center patients through the generosity of the Leon V. and Marilyn L. Rosenberg family. Sessions are available during inpatient stays, as well as during outpatient infusion visits.

Reiki: A Relaxation Technique

Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) in Japanese means “Universal Life Force Energy,” Reiki therapist lays hands on BMT patient's headwhich is described as the energy flowing through all living things.

Reiki is a relaxation technique that supports the body’s natural ability to move toward balance and to experience a sense of well-being. It is a simple, gentle and safe “hands-on” technique that promotes stress reduction for those who receive it. Reiki sessions at BIDMC commonly last 15 to 20 minutes.

Reiki provides patients with a few quiet minutes away from the hospital routine to refocus and relax.

Reiki at BIDMC

Our Reiki program is staffed by trained practitioners who volunteer their time. Many of our Reiki volunteers are nurses or BIDMC staff.

Sessions are free and currently available for both inpatients and outpatients, Tuesday through Friday.

Reiki Requests & Referrals

Requests for Reiki are typically made through a patient's nurses, but patients and families may also request a Reiki session directly.

To request a Reiki session or to learn more about this complimentary service, contact Reiki Program Coordinator Joyce Delgardo, a trained Reiki Master Teacher, at 617-667-5831 or

If you are Reiki-trained and would like to learn more about becoming a Reiki volunteer at BIDMC, please contact the Reiki Program Coordinator.


Reiki Program

Cancer Center at BIDMC
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-5831
Fax: 617-975-5496