by Claire McFarland, blogger
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by using the hands of the reader on the patient, and can tap into the unseen “life force energy” that flows through us and causes us to be alive. If a person’s energy is low (like when we are sick or stressed), or if it is high (like when we are happy and healthy), Reiki can identify and alter these energies. According to a research study conducted by Dr. David Sugarbaker, the word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy.”
Energy and Beyond
Recently, it has been proven in several hospitals across the east coast that Mesothelioma patients are using Reiki as a form of palliative relief during cancer treatment. Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, has been a difficult illness both to assess and treat. These alternative therapies, however, along with traditional treatments are used by quality physicians such as Dr. David Sugarbaker to reduce pain and discomfort during treatment.
Justin Bernstein, a 20-year-old environmental biology major at the State University of New York: College of Environmental Science and Forestry has received two formal Reiki treatments and has done numerous treatments on himself. Bernstein said there were several benefits to these treatments, which spiked his interest in natural healing methods. “One of the main benefits of Reiki is relaxation,” Bernstein said.
Relaxation lets the body heal more easily, at both a physical and emotional level. Reiki treatments also help relieve pain and cleanse the body of toxins. The rate of healing of acute and even chronic injuries can be improved with multiple Reiki sessions. Bernstein also said that spiritual growth and cleansing are also benefits of Reiki, and it can even be used on animals.
He strongly recommends this form of healing to any type of college student, as it has no negative effects and provides many benefits. “This relaxation stayed with me after the treatment as well, not just during it,” Bernstein said. “I also had increases in energy and felt more active as well.”
Stress Less This Semester
Syracuse University students can take advantage of these treatments at several locations near the college, including the Life Center for Well-Being and on East Fayette Street at Reiki Therapy with Sue. Suzanne Maule, a registered third-level Reiki therapist helped train Bernstein and encourages students to learn the technique.
These treatments are both time and cost-effective, making them an optimum method of college students to find relaxation and Zen in the midst of a chaotic lifestyle, deadline crunches and plain old exhaustion.
The next time assignments are due all at once, you’re overwhelmed with a job search, or your relationship is too intense, consider Reiki for a natural and beneficial remedy.