Reiki For Elderly

Reiki The Japanese Art of Healing What is a Reiki Circle

This is Eileen Dey for Expert Village andin this segment we'll talk about what is a Reiki circle. One of the cornerstones of Reikicommunity are the Reiki circles or sharers that are created by the Reiki practitionerscoming together and giving and receiving treatments. It's a wonderful way of fostering communityand also getting your own Reiki needs met. It's beautiful and healthy to have a treatmentevery week or every other week. Each community has a different schedule. Reiki circles themselveslast about two hours to three hours and run the gamut. Some incorporate music, some aremore serious, it's really up to the Reiki master. So any Reiki individual can find acircle near them. In this next segment we'll

talk about bringing Reiki into the community.

What really matters at the end of life BJ Miller

Well, we all need a reason to wake up. For me, it just took 11,000 volts. I know you're too polite to ask, so I will tell you. One night, sophomore year of college, just back from Thanksgiving holiday, a few of my friends and Iwere horsing around, and we decided to climb atopa parked commuter train.

It was just sitting there,with the wires that run overhead. Somehow, that seemedlike a great idea at the time. We'd certainly done stupider things. I scurried up the ladder on the back, and when I stood up, the electrical current entered my arm, blew down and out my feet,and that was that. Would you believe that watch still worksé

Takes a licking! (Laughter) My father wears it nowsolidarity. That night began my formal relationshipwith death my death and it also beganmy long run as a patient. It's a good word. It means one who suffers. So I guess we're all patients.

Now, the American health care system has more than its fair shareof dysfunction to match its brilliance, to be sure. I'm a physician now,a hospice and palliative medicine doc, so I've seen care from both sides. And believe me: almost everyonewho goes into healthcare really means well I mean, truly. But we who workitare also unwitting agents

for a system that too oftendoes not serve. Whyé Well, there's actually a pretty easyanswer to that question, and it explains a lot: because healthcare was designedwith diseases, not people, at its center. Which is to say, of course,it was badly designed. And nowhere are the effectsof bad design more heartbreaking or the opportunityfor good design more compelling

than at the end of life, where things are so distilledand concentrated. There are no doovers. My purpose today isto reach out across disciplines and invite design thinkinginto this big conversation. That is, to bring intention and creativity to the experience of dying. We have a monumentalopportunityfront of us,

How to Give a Massage to Elderly and Ill How to Massage the Neck Shoulders

In this section we're going to work on thehead, neck and shoulders. As you can see we have a head rest or a pillow here. So whatI do is I gently lift the pillow up and then as I slide it out I'm sliding my other handunder her head. I'll show you that from the other angle. So again, I tilt her head up,roll it under my hand and now I have her headmy hand and I fully support it. Now withboth hands on her head she feels comfortable and confident that I'm not going to let herhead op and she can relax her head. What I do is just gently start rubbing here atthe base of her skull. This is what is called the occipital region and you just gently startmassaging this area. Right here at the base

of the skull is where a lot of tension iskept. So a nice gentle circular motion is perfect for this area and it just helps torelax so many of the neck muscles. Again, notice here her head is completely supportedby my hand, so if I need to I can move her head at anytimeany direction. So she feelscomfortable and confident that I'm not going to just let her head op or fall to the side,because it's comfortably supportedmy hand. Again, you just gently work your way downthe side of the neck over here to the trapezious muscles and again you see my hand is underthe trapezious, so as my thumb is working the top my fingers are working the bottomside. It's just a nice gentle kind of pulling

muscles. But again staying gentle, we neverwant to gotoo deep, we never want to go make the client grimace or have any facialexpression from your pressure and you'll know it if you do whether they're verbal or nonverbal.So you always have to pay attention to your client's face and to their breathing. Youcan see here that her face is fairly relaxed and the breathing is relaxed as well. So Iknow that basically the techniques that I'm using and the strokes that I'm applying areproviding some relaxation and some relief for her.

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