Reiki

Valerie Mann is pleased to offer the practice of Reiki, which is a form of hands-on energy healing that works with clearing blockages to the free flow of life force throughout the body.  Reiki teaches that illness is the result of these blockages.  She became a Reiki Master/Teacher several years ago and is qualified to both give treatments and to teach others to become Reiki practitioners.

Reiki was developed in Japan in the latter part of the 19th century.  The theory behind Reiki is that a well-balanced life force energy which flows unhindered throughout a person’s body is the source of health.  Reiki works to release blockages so that the life force can flow easily throughout the body.  The energy channeled flows where it is needed in the client and is not guided by the practitioner.  It always creates a healing effect and cannot be misused for this reason.

Reiki has been shown to produce feelings of relaxation and well-being, reduce the need for medications, shorten patients’ hospital stays, reduce anxiety, and reduce the time needed in recovery rooms.  In her experience as a Reiki Master/Teacher, nearly every person Valerie Mann has treated has experienced significant feelings of well-being and relaxation.  In addition, physical aches and pains have been either reduced or eliminated completely.  This includes headaches, shoulder pain, and muscle pain from sports injuries.  One client who had experienced a rapid heartbeat during most of her life told Ms. Mann that when the Reiki treatment was given to her heart area, it slowed down to what felt like a normal heartbeat for the first time in as long as she could remember.  Another person who was given a brief demonstration treatment informed her after the treatment that she had suffered from intense chronic anxiety for many years, and that the Reiki made her body feel more relaxed than any other treatment she had tried.

Valerie Mann is actively working to encourage the use of Reiki and other alternative therapies such as yoga, acupressure, acupuncture, and craniosacral therapy in local hospitals, doctors’ offices, and clinics.  She has had productive discussions with some of these traditional health-care providers, and is am hopeful that this will lead to the use of these therapies in our area.  However, she feels that public demand will be the most important factor in trying to “sell” the medical community on this idea. In the course of her attending local health fairs and giving seminars, a number of people have expressed interest in Reiki and the other therapies. Others are very curious and would like to learn more.

Valerie Mann has given several well attended seminars on this topic.  In addition, she has had an article published in the Reiki News Magazine(Spring, 2008 issue)  which deals with the challenges of practicing Reiki in a rural area. A number of Reiki practitioners from around the country contacted her to express their appreciation for this article.  This magazine is published by the International Center for Reiki Training in Southfield, Michigan.  The center is operated by William Lee Rand, who has the distinction of being generally recognized as one of the persons who has done the most to advance the practice of Reiki in the United States. Ms. Mann has also had an article on the benefits of meditation published in Be Well World, which covers the Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD areas.

Increasingly, she sees that there is a demand from the public for greater choice in their health care.  Ms. Mann believes that consumers wish to see traditional medical providers supplement their current services with alternative therapies in an integrated approach.

Valerie Mann would like to hear from you.  Having feedback from members of the community will help immeasurably in her approaches to the medical providers.  This will show strong public support which will help to convince area health centers to include these therapies as part of their practice.  Please contact her with your comments.

She is available to give the following services relating to Reiki:

Informational seminars for your group- these are free in my local community. Valerie Mann will gladly travel to other areas for a nominal fee plus expenses.

Reiki treatments at her office- $60 for a one-hour treatment and $35 for a half-hour treatment

Training in Reiki Level I- the all-day class is $150 per person, including textbook

Training in Reiki Level II- the all-day class is $150 per person, including textbook

Distance Reiki- fee is determined for each individual situation depending on length of time required and the number of situations needing this attention

Treatments may be given either “hands-on” or at a distance.  Most treatments last from 30 to 60 minutes.  However, Ms. Mann has given five-minute demonstration Reiki treatments at seminars and health fairs and have found that nearly every person has experienced positive effects.

Reiki in Hospitals

Reiki is becoming more and more popular in hospitals around the country.  The general public is increasingly using their own funds to pay for alternative healthcare treatments.  The National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland, has established a center for the study of alternative therapies and awards many millions of dollars in grant funds every year for this purpose.  The Department of the Army recently awarded funds to various research institutions to determine the effect of alternative therapies, including Reiki, on post traumatic stress suffered by servicemen and servicewomen.

The following well-known hospitals are just a few of those which utilize Reiki in their patient care: New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Campus in New York City; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, also in New York City; Duke Integrative Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; Children’s Hospital, Boston; Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, California; Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Medford, Massachusetts; the Yale/New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut.  This is just a handful of hospitals utilizing Reiki.  The numbers continue to grow on a consistent basis.

There have been several publications on Reiki in peer-reviewed journals.  It was shown to have benefited cancer patients, helped with pain management, improved the quality of life for terminally ill patients, and benefited multiple sclerosis, lupus and fibromyalgia patients.

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