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To Your Health: The buzz about energy healing

March 23, 2011

By Richard S. Gubbe

Energy healing has created quite the buzz.

Energy healing requires a specific band of frequency that is referred to as white light. This pure energy, which takes on characteristics of heat and vibration, accelerates the body’s healing process. It’s called Reiki across the globe, but will soon take on the more generic term of energy healing.

Also known as prana, this ancient art is now embraced by the Western medical world. This form of rejuvenation can be found in hospitals, clinics and wellness centers, dispensed in treatments by energy healers who, most often, are trained in Reiki.

This word that means “light energy” in Japanese is now accepted and used in trauma centers, cancer treatment centers and in more than 100 hospitals across the United States.

Energy healing causes no harm. At the very least, it enables the body to relax. When we relax, the body heals. When we sleep, the body rejuvenates.
Reiki workers are “attuned” to this energy when they are formally trained.

This ancient healing art originated in Tibet and was introduced at a free clinic in Japan in the early 1900s. Reiki began making its way west after World War II in Hawaii. The cost of classes then was far more than it is today.

The use of Reiki is common among nurses, massage therapists, chiropractors and other holistic healers. Doctors have also seen the light and use it.

Even though the Midwest is one of the last regions Reiki has become popular, it is available in numerous settings: college classrooms, health and wellness centers and through private instruction.

Some of the more prestigious allopathic centers using Reiki include Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, the Baltimore Trauma Center, The Caring Place cancer treatment center in Las Vegas, Integrative Therapies Program for Children in New York, and SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford.

What can it help? There are six clinical trials under way that are funded by the U.S. government in the areas of stress, prostate cancer, fibromyalgia, AIDS and painful neuropathy (see www.clinicaltrials.gov).

Reiki has had an effect on cancer and multiple sclerosis patients and is used as an integrative therapy to eastern and western modalities.

As a proponent, advocate and a 25-year teacher, I consider Reiki to be an integral part of my life.

The results of its use have been what some consider miraculous. The key to learning this art is taking instruction from a longtime instructor who knows all the intricacies of its scientific roots as well as its effect on the body, mind and spirit.

Where to find it? Reiki is offered in classes from Rock Valley College in the Continuing Education and Continuing Professional Education departments, Beth Ann Weis Salon & Spa in Rockford, Kishwaukee College in Malta and privately. P

atients are offered Reiki treatments at SwedishAmerican Hospital through a state grant, from the Winnebago County Health Department in an AIDS study, and also through other for-profit and nonprofit entities.

An informational gathering will be held by the nonprofit group Reiki Energy International at an Open House at 6 p.m., April 21, at Community of Christ Church at 6103 Forest Hills Road. Classes at Beth Ann Weis begin Saturday. For more information or to learn this healing art, call (815) 398-6326.

Richard Gubbe is an award-winning journalist, public relations specialist and Reiki Master Teacher. He is a longtime Rockford resident who has taught at Rock Valley College since 2003.

From the March 23-29 issue

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