Practitioners bring Reiki into Valley
The healing method is used to suit patients' needs.
By L. CROW
In recent years, Reiki has gone from a healing art practiced only in holistic health to being part of the recovery process at institutions like The Cleveland Clinic.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key), meaning Universal Life Energy, is believed to be thousands of years old, possibly originating from a practice called Medicine Buddha.
It was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in 1914 while on retreat at the Tendai Buddhist Temple at Mount Kurama in Japan. Today it has become the most widely used form of hands-on energy healing.
It takes about nine hours of training to become a first-degree practitioner.
People have reported everything from feeling relaxed and peaceful after Reiki treatments, to being healed from a major illness.
Bailey, a third-degree practitioner at Treat Yourself Center for Holistic Health in Canfield, reports that Reiki "healed depression that plagued me since my teens, and helped me to unleash within the body those beliefs, ideas, and impressions that limited freedom of activity and full engagement with life. It also helped me open my heart to experience more intimacy in my relationships."
Bailey began study of Reiki in 1995, inspired by the women's healing group in which she was involved. In turn, Reiki inspired her to learn other healing modalities, such as massage, meditation, sacred dance and drumming, all of which she integrates into her healing practice.
Louisa Crouthers, one of Bailey's clients, said she suffered from lower back pain "so severe that I could barely walk. Bailey combined Reiki with massage to treat the pain, and I was mobile the next day."
Jacquie Heath, a Reiki master/teacher from Youngstown, has been a practitioner for nine years. She says that Reiki "helped me through the trials and tribulations of the past few years."
Heath also combines other healing modalities to customize the most effective healing for each client. "Each person's energy and needs are different, and I design or intuit the Reiki specifically for them." This includes the use of aromatherapy and crystals.
Lucinda Kutsko, a Reiki master/teacher, and practitioner for 10 years, tells of a client who suffered emotional turmoil from child abuse. "Reiki helped her cleanse the negative emotion and trauma from the abuse and bring her life back into balance." Kutsko also practices biomechanics alignment process, which allows the body to re-align itself without manipulation. She integrates this process into her Reiki healing.
Kutsko is also involved with networking Reiki practitioners and other energy workers from the five-county area. They meet quarterly for a potluck dinner, healing circle and workshop. Practitioners who would like to be part of this group may e-mail Kutsko at Healingjourneys9@aol.com, with "Reiki" or "Energy Healing" as the subject.
Where is Reiki headed? Some Reiki classes are geared toward RNs and LPNs. Karuna Reiki Master Edward Coyle of Cuyahoga Falls has recently taken a position with The Cleveland Clinic.
"They are planning to put their total publicity and promotion department behind this project, so that all doctors, nurses, staff and patients will know about the Reiki program at The Clinic," he said. This has the potential to create an enormous influence for the acceptance of Reiki as a legitimate means for healing throughout Northeast Ohio.
XLaughing Crow is a practitioner of holistic healing. She may be reached at email@example.com.