Qi therapy for palliative care patients

16 Nov 2016

Since late February, Huguette Burns and Nathalie Cathan from the Qi Centre in Crows Nest have been volunteering their time and skills to deliver Qi Therapy to palliative care inpatients at Sacred Heart Health Service.

Qi Therapy is based on the Eastern medicine concept that Qi, meaning energy, is the life force that flows through all living things. The treatment, which involves gentle acupressure and breathing promotes relaxation and relieves stress and anxiety.

“It’s been extremely rewarding to see how terminally ill patients who are usually experiencing tremendous amounts of anxiety, stress, physical and emotional pain are feeling more calm and peaceful after a Qi treatment”, said Hughette.

“The Qi healing treatment works on the physical and emotional level. The nature of this Qi energy is very gentle, calming and loving”, explained Nathalie.

The feedback from patients receiving the treatment has been overwhelmingly positive with all participating patients reporting that they feel more relaxed and calm, and that they look forward to their next session. The Qi Therapy volunteers are at Sacred Heart on Mondays, 10am – 12pm.