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What is Reiki?

This energy modality can balance your biofield

reiki treatmentReiki (pronounced ray-key) is an energy modality that was developed during the last century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese healer. (The history of Reiki is readily available online and is both interesting and controversial.) The word itself means "universal life energy", and Reiki is administered by "laying-on hands". It is a simple and powerful technique that can be learned by anyone. It is passed from teacher to student by attunement.

What that continues to excite practitioners and clients about Reiki is that, first of all, it works, and secondly, that experiments in quantum physics are proving this beyond doubt. I use Reiki nearly every day on myself, my clients, and even my dog and my plants. Furthermore, what Dr. Usui, other Eastern healers and their patients, and countless Reiki practitioners have proven by experience is now being proven in Western laboratories through double-blind studies.

One of the things that quantum physicists have proven is the existence of the Zero-Point Field, which is a substructure of energetic frequency (sometimes wave and sometimes particle) that underpins the universe. The Zero-Point Field also functions as a recording medium of everything, providing a means for everything to communicate with everything else. When you consider that on a subatomic level, cells and DNA also communicate through frequencies unrelated to the physical nervous system and that they also communicate directly with the Zero-Point Field, you have the basis for how Reiki works.

Reiki makes use of the energy from the Zero-Point Field to balance the Human Energy Field or Biofield. The attunements that Reiki healers receive set intentions that, incredibly, are part of the record of the Zero-Point Field and serve to insure that Reiki does no harm to the healer or the client. It seems that the more people who hold an intention over time, the greater the probability that the intention becomes "fixed" and affects the physical universe from its quantum origin.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), "People use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. Reiki has been used by people with anxiety, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions, as well as by people recovering from surgery or experiencing side effects from cancer treatments. Reiki has also been given to people who are dying (and to their families and caregivers) to help impart a sense of peace. Clients may experience a deep state of relaxation during a Reiki session. They might also feel warm, tingly, sleepy, or refreshed. Reiki appears to be generally safe, and no serious side effects have been reported."

Reiki is easy to learn. Suzanne is teaching a Reiki II class at the Wepner Wellness Center on August 7, and plans a Reiki I class in 2011. If you'd like an update on when it will be offered, please send her an email.

Reiki is easy to integrate with massage or other modalities like Craniosacral Therapy, or you can have Reiki alone and even stay fully clothed if you like. It's a great modality for someone who is a little modest about massage, and Reiki alone has many of the same benefits as massage. It's also good for the very ill for whom massage that directly manipulates the tissues would be painful or otherwise contraindicated.

If you'd like to experience a Reiki treatment for yourself or purchase a gift certificate for someone else, please call Suzanne at 828-315-9900.

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Summer Health Tips

Summer is a time for outdoor fun. The days are longer, the weather inviting, and opportunities for fun are practically endless. However, the season is not without risks.

Here are some practical tips to help you enjoy the season more:

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Don't let summer maladies ruin your summer fun. Follow these tips and have a great summer!


Essential Blend of the Month: AWEO's Purity

Purity is Ancient Wisdom Essential Oils' version of Young Living's Purification.

Both blends have powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Thus, they can be used as sanitizers and for eliminating odors on surfaces and in the air. They also act as insect and mouse repellents and can be used on bug bites to neutralize the poisons. However, some of the oils in the blend can irritate skin, so it is best to dilute the blend with olive oil, almond oil, or another carrier oil before applying directly to sensitive skin.

The scent of Purity is clean and fresh. Each of the oils in the blend has particular properties:


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I use Purity essential oil when I go outdoors to keep the bugs away. I keep a bottle of distilled water and a few drops of Purity to spray on the dog when she goes for a walk where there might be ticks, too. I also diffuse it inside my home to clean the air. It has a fresh scent that gets rid of doggy odors and helps me breathe during allergy season.

Caution: Do not use the oil directly on the skin of pets or children under two years of age. Although Purity is generally safe for all but the most sensitive skin, for most the most prudent safety, dilute the oils for those with sensitive skin, including children over two, pets, and the elderly. Women who are pregnant should not use essential oils unless a doctor approves them.

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Upcoming Events

Sat. Aug 7, 2010
Usui Reiki II Class
9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Students who have received the First Degree Usui Reiki are eligible to receive the Second Degree Attunement. The class for Reiki II will meet at the Wepner Wellness Center on Aug. 7. Massage Therapists will receive 8 CEs. For more details, please click our Continuing Education page.

purity essential oilAncient Wisdom Essential Oils
Purity 15 ml: $19.00

Suggested Uses for Purity Essential Oil

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• Make a floor cleaner by adding 1/4 cup white vinegar and 10 drops of Purity to a pail of water. Your house will smell great!

• Sprinkle several drops of Purity onto half a tissue. Let the vacuum cleaner suck it up or place it into the collecting bag. If your vacuum cleaner has a water reservoir, add a few drops of oil into it before cleaning.

• To make an all-purpose cleaner, combine 2 tbls. Borax, 1 tsp. Castile soap, and 15-20 drops of Purity in a spray bottle and fill with water.

• Combine several drops with water in a spray bottle and use to repel insects. The same combo can be used on linens to help with bed bugs or insects that crawl into sleeping bags when camping.

• Apply several drops on a cotton ball and place in air vents at home, in the office, inside a hotel room, or in other enclosed areas to control odors and pollution.

• Apply a drop on blemishes to help clear skin and on insect bites to cleanse and soothe.

• Rub a drop on your hands to sanitize instead of alcohol-based sanitizer.

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Summer is officially here, and people are involved in all sorts of seasonal activities from gardening to vacations. While the exercise is definitely good for our bodies, some of us find we're using muscles that we've underused until we decided to clean the garage or make a new flower bed. Consequently, we have some new aches and pains, and getting a massage helps us keep those sore muscles from protesting too loudly.

This issue will focus on summer health tips, summer reading and Purity essential oil, a summertime favorite. The main article explains how the energy modality of Reiki works.

Suzanne has moved her practice to Body Balance II at 318 2nd Ave. NW. Hickory. Second Ave. is a one-way street traveling toward Hwy. 127.

Body Balance II
is in the rear of Classic Properties. Suzanne joins Laura Queen and Susan Smith. All gift certificates purchased from Suzanne at Hickory Massage Therapy will be honored at Body Balance II.

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Quotes about Summer

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A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
~James Dent

Ah, Summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
~Russell Baker

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
~Wallace Stevens

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.
~Sam Keen

In summer, the song sings itself.
~William Carlos Williams

Books for the Beach or the Mountaintop

Written by an attorney who hid her bipolar disorder from coworkers and struggled from her teens to control her wild mood swings, this memoir reads like an episodic novel. If you or someone you love suffers from bipolar disorder, this book will help you understand the feelings that dominate the extremes of mood and find compassion in your heart for this disease and those who suffer from it.

I started reading this book in preparation for teaching my Reiki II class in August, and I am so glad that I did. Schwartz is a scientist at the Univ. of Arizona who has performed numerous experiments in the hows and whys of energy healing. It is very readable and immensely interesting. I plan to read his The God Experiments when I finish this one.

This is the second book in a trilogy that retells the Robin Hood story. Lawhead breaks with tradition, however, and sets the story in Wales, which I found bothersome in the first book. This one is much better and is told from Will Scarlet's point of view. With the release of Russell Crowe's film of Robin Hood and some documentary video on the Hickory Channel, I found this retelling enjoyable and relevant. As always, Lawhead blends history, myth and religion in an entertaining manner.

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