How do you prepare for surgery? What does the session include?
The ideal preparation for surgery is 3 sessions that are a combination of Reiki and hypnosis.
The combination of Reiki and hypnosis prepares your body and your mind for the best outcome.
Number of sessions vary on how much time there is before surgery and personal preference.
The ideal time to prepare for surgery is four to six weeks in advance.
Once you have contacted me I get to work right away to help you develop a customised plan. If we only have one or two sessions, I will send you a sample of healing statements that I might include for your review and approval. Once you have sent them back to me, I develop your unique individual session.
The spoken part of the session is recorded on your Iphone or smart phone and/or I record it for you and send it to you. You then listen to when you go home every day before surgery (not while driving or when you need to concentrate on what you are doing). If approved by your surgeon and anesthesiologist, you can listen to the recording during surgery.
The recording includes your own personal healing statements, general relaxation, and imagery for a successful
First session: Discussion of upcoming surgery, Reiki relaxation session with guided imagery to prepare for sugery, development of healing statements which includes preparing body part for surgery.
Second session: Begin session with 15- 20 minutes of Reiki followed by hypnosis which includes healing statements, and finish with 15-20 minutes of Reiki. Extra time is spent on area that is being operated on.
Third session: Refinforcement of session 2 beginning with Reiki, guided imagery for relaxation, talking to the body part that is involved in upcoming surgery and finishing with Reiki.
If the surgery is for cancer treatment, and chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy will be part of your healing program, visualization and suggestions for managing them can be part of the program.
Sample section of script
"See yourself a few hours and moments before the surgery………. See yourself breathing easily and relaxing deeply……….with each breath that you take, you become more and more relaxed…… A pleasant calm comes over you and you relax even more……….As you relax even more, you know you are being taken care of…..With each breath that you take, you become more and more relaxed….. By the time you enter surgery, you are deeply relaxed………The surgeons are experts and extremely capable……….. You are just fine, you are just fine………… The surgery goes very well………..……. Now imagine yourself in recovery and just opening your eyes…………… You feel relaxed. ……..You feel comfortable and relaxed…………. ALL IS WELL…… now see yourself several weeks after the surgery….full of energy……healing well……all is well…."
Guided Meditation for deep relaxation and stress reduction
I would like to share my experiences with Kathie as she helped me prepare for some very recent surgery.
First - anyone who knows me well will attest that I have a totally irrational fear of even the most basic of medical tests, so when I learned I needed surgery earlier this year, even something that could be considered as a "routine" surgery, I want into a complete panic attack. Giving myself self-Reiki every day definitely did help, but I still could not get my mind completely away from the "what if" mode. I was driving everyone who knew me crazy while my continued panic was making it worse and worse for me. I spoke with Kathie both as a friend and as a nurse, and when she offered to help me prepare for the surgery, it seemed my mental load started to lift immediately at that moment, and I looked forward to her session.
A few days before the surgery, Kathie began the prep session with some Reiki to relax me, then she introduced gentle hypnosis, calling in my angels and my guides. As she softly spoke, I felt a soft protective blanket of love surround me and my tension began to be replaced with optimism. Her script and the associated affirmations slowly moved toward the specific type of procedure I was having and I was able to immediately relate to all she was saying. As she spoke, I could picture myself moments before my surgery calmly breathing in and out. I could picture the surgeon and the medical team performing expertly while my angels and guides watched over them, and I could picture myself quickly coming out of the anesthesia with no after affects. The visuals, as she spoke them, became deeply ingrained in my mind and after this session with Kathie, I believed for the first time that the surgery would really go smoothly. (Cont'd)
Since Kathie recorded the entire session on my iPhone, I was able to play the recording every morning and every night leading up to the surgery. I was amazed how my mental attitude shifted over just those few days. With each repetition, I relaxed more and more, knowing I could handle the surgery with more ease than I ever imagined. I listened to the recording for the last time on my drive to Manhattan the morning of the surgery.
When I was still awake in the operating room, I felt a bubble of light surrounding me and I kept hearing Kathie's voice telling me all is well. I kept repeating parts of the recording that meant the most to me as they prepared to put me under. The panic I expected to feel at the last minute never materialized and I truly believed that all was well.
Although I did let Kathie know personally how I appreciated everything she did, I am glad of this opportunity to thank Kathie again for her expertise and compassion during this time (and especially for her patience with me!!).
As a Reiki Master and certified hypnotist, I am aware of how preparing for surgery greatly affects the outcome and recovery period. That is why I went to Kathie before gastric surgery. Every thing went so well, even the doctor noticed. When he checked on me the evening of the surgery, he said, "you don't look like you've had surgery!" "I don't feel like I had surgery" I replied. "Are you sure you did it?"
That was January 2015. And that is why in preparation for knee replacement surgery, I'm calling on Kathie again to help me prepare my body, mind and spirit for successful, easy surgery and a rapid successful recovery.