To Your Health: Free Reiki treatments offered to vets at Veterans Drop-In Center

By Richard S. Gubbe

A new support program to help veterans reduce tension and stress has been launched at the Veterans Drop-In Center in Rockford. The program, supported by members of Reiki Energy International, will be offered weekly on Mondays at the Jubilee Center at 413 N. Court St.

Any veteran can receive a free Reiki energy healing treatment. From two to four Reiki practitioners work on each veteran for at least 20 minutes. The goal is to relieve stress, promote better sleep and relaxation, and to help alleviate pain.

They do love it,” Executive Director Pam Ambrose said of adding the Reiki treatments at the center. “The list is full each week with those wanting to use this service.”

Reiki is a Japanese word that translates to “Light Energy” and is rooted in the Tibetan form of hands-on energy healing. Reiki is used clinically around the world to accelerate the body’s healing process.

Deb Petersen of REI and Ambrose created the program. “We’re pleased to give this opportunity to veterans to receive free treatments,” Petersen said. “We’ve had a tremendous response thus far.”

The center offers vets a nightly informal dinner, haircuts twice a month, weekly Tai Chi classes, TV viewing and a pool table, as well as veteran referral programs. The goal is to provide a safe, supportive and positive social environment for vets. There are no dues, but volunteers are needed to help with meals and activities.

We’re here for all veterans,” Ambrose said. The program services about 35 vets per day, Monday through Friday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Many hospitals, including SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford, offer Reiki treatments for both inpatient and outpatient use. More than 200 hospitals and cancer treatment centers utilize Reiki in the CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) field. The United States Army has conducted positive studies on how Reiki can alleviate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Reiki provides frequencies of positive energy to manage stress, tension and fatigue, and it stimulates the natural healing of acute and chronic ailments. Reiki also has been proven in scientific studies to speed recovery after surgery or a traumatic injury. Reiki Energy International is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including the distribution of energy healing services to individuals and organizations.

The organization’s primary goal is to encourage greater awareness of Reiki energy work throughout the area. REI membership is open to documented Reiki providers throughout the world. REI also serves as a certification agent for Reiki degrees and lineages.

REI will be hosting its third annual REI Health Fair & Expo Nov. 2 at Tebala Shrine Center.

REI was certified in July 2009 as exempt under section 509 (a) (2) Public Charity status of the Internal Revenue Code. Current members include Reiki Masters and Reiki practitioners in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin areas, as well as from other areas in the United States and internationally. Prospective members must hold a Reiki certificate and be able to demonstrate their ability and knowledge at each degree held.

For more about REI and Reiki, visit or

Reiki also replenishes and supports caregivers and promotes self-healing and personal growth. For more clinical information about Reiki, see and use Reiki as a keyword search.

Free Reiki Elsewhere: Reiki Shares” are held at the Rock Valley College Bell School Road Campus Wednesdays from 6 until 9 p.m. during the spring, summer and fall semesters. The sessions are open to the public. Reiki practitioners provide treatments as part of their work after receiving a degree.

Reiki treatments are also given at Healing Pathways on East State to cancer patients and as part of the continued program at SwedishAmerican Hospital.

Richard Gubbe teaches health-related classes at Rock Valley College. He has been in the energy healing profession since 1985.

From the June 18-24, 2014, issue

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