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Benefits of Reiki

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Benefits of Reiki from Reiki Master Teacher Pamela Miles

I write a lot about the benefits of Reiki, both daily self practice for those who have at least first level Reiki under their belt, and regular Reiki treatments for everyone.

Better sleep, improved ability to focus, improved ability to handle stress, less pain and better ability to handle pain, etc. There is nothing bad about Reiki.

Here is an interview Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum did with Pamela Miles, author of Reiki: A comprehensive Guide, about the benefits of Reiki at the 2012 Integrative Healthcare Symposium.

httpv://youtu.be/PPRdgxon85s

Sharing Reiki Love

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I love sharing Reiki, and especially with people I know well.

Yesterday I had the honor of sharing Reiki with my co-worker Liz Torres, who did the book covers and other graphics for our fiction stories, Zombie Killing Stoners.

Since she is a budding graphic artist and had never done a book cover before, she offered to trade for a treatment with me. She had the choice of anything I do, and she chose Reiki since it was something she had never tried before.

I hadn't shared Reiki with anyone outside of my house in a while, which made this treatment a little more intense.

At the end Liz was profoundly relaxed and said she felt "like she was floating." I will assume she had a great sleep last night.

Do you need to relax? Have a little less stress? Sleep better?

Try Reiki.

Now, when I first came to NYC I was offering Reiki routinely at Real Pilates, and every client who took a treatment loved it. People who suffered with headaches were pain free for a few days. People who couldn't sleep more than three hours straight managed to sleep through the night.

And they never rebooked, even though they would tell me every time they saw me how much better they felt after the treatment.

Two years later, I realize that many people have a problem doing things they don't completely understand. And Reiki is hard to understand.

See, I tend to be very literal-minded, but from years of experience I know that Reiki works.

I know that after Reiki I will sleep better, think better, feel better. And I don't question this anymore.

To use an analogy I've used before, I don't know exactly how many medications work, but I take them because they do produce the desired effect.

As does Reiki.

TCM Bone Knitting Pills

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On My Experience With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Bone Knitting Pills...

When I heard that my bone pieces in my crushed left big toe weren't healing and knitting as they should, I asked my acupuncturist for a TCM herbal preparation to assist bone knitting. He recommended the Zheng Gu Tui Na line of products, developed specifically for sports medicine injuries.

I dutifully trucked over to Kamwo Pharmacy in Chinatown to pick up three weeks worth of Bone Kinitting Pills - Late Stage.

The Ingredients:

Bone Knitting Herbs

Now, the recommended dose is two pills per day taken with warm water. They are supposed to be chewable, but my one attempt to chew resulted in my almost upchucking the entire thing. I decided instead to break them into little pellets and swallow like pills, which turned two pills into about sixteen.

The pills are like egg yolks!

Pills are huge!

I will find out next Friday how my toe is doing. Please send reiki, good thoughts, and lots of healing! Thanks!

 

My Exogen 4000 Bone Stimulator

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I have my new Exogen 4000 bone growth stimulator.

When I saw the podiatrist and received the bad news that my crushed toe was not knitting back together, I was really depressed. After all, I make my living and get some of my sanity from pilates and exercise, neither of which are fully available for me in this condition.

After relegating me to 5 more boot weeks (now only 3 as of tomorrow!), he prescribed an Exogen Bone Growth Stimulator device for me to use daily for 20 minutes.

His office had the Exogen rep contact me after talking to my insurance company. The cash rate was less than my co-pay plus deductible on Durable Medical Equipment, and is billable with no interest.

Basically, this device delivers a specific frequency of ultrasound waves that offers enough 'impact' to the bone pieces to stimulate healing and knitting. While using the device doesn't hurt at all, my toe is hurting more since I started with the Exogen last Friday. Not bone pain, but nerve stuff, which makes me think something is happening there!

This device has helped many people avoid surgery and get on with their lives. I can't wait until my next x-ray 8/30. And I seriously can't wait to move my ankle! Foot cramps. Can't move foot. Need I say more?

My next post will discuss the chinese medicine herbal formula that I have added on the advice of my awesome acupuncturist Craig.

Have you had any broken bones? Have you used the Exogen 4000 or another bone stimulator? What was your experience? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

On the Road to Wellness: Acupuncture

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On the Road to Wellness: I Can Finally Say that I am Feeling Better and Acupuncture Helped!

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Perhaps you read my recent post, Fitness Pros Get Tired Too, about my struggles with just plain exhaustion and adrenal fatigue. Suffice it to say that after moving to Manhattan and dealing with aging parents, hubby's depression, hormonal imbalances, and the concurrent weight gain and irritability that resulted, I was a hot mess - fat, tired, bloated, depressed, and pissy as hell. Seriously, I am amazed that I pulled it together for my clients' sessions (which of course I did, being the pro that I am).

It's been about a month, and after making a few changes I am feeling much better. In my next posts I will focus on what specific things I have added that have really helped me get my energy back.

Acupuncture

I love acupuncture. There were times at Parrot Cay where I would have been in such worse pain were it not for acupuncture. Falling on my unstable SI joint, breaking my finger and injuring my ulnar nerve in a boat accident, and shingles on my sciatic nerve (yes, you read that right; if karma's true, then I was a massive pain in someone's a** in a previous life) would have all been much worse without the care I received from Hashi, Nobue, and then Yuki.

After hearing lots of the teachers at Real Pilates discussing going to City Acupuncture and reading their fab Yelp reviews, I decided to go. Hubby was all in favor, and that clinched it. They are right down the street from me at Fulton & Nassau, are open seven days a week, and treatments can cost as little as $35 with a package of five.

The treatment area is communal. The huge, high-ceilinged space is divided by screens and contains about 15 treatment tables. Lights are dimmed, there is meditation music on an ipod, and there are baskets underneath the table for your stuff. I wear comfy clothes so they can roll up pant legs and shirt arms, or even do a belly button point. At first I had a few different people, including Terri and Bob, who were all good; but now that I go at the same time every week, I have the same person, Craig Wong - young, mellow, kind, and really good at what he does.

Acupuncture needles

He looks at my tongue, checks my pulse, asks me a few questions about my sleep, body temperature, and general state of being, and then places the needles. Since I tend to get cold, he puts a light foil emergency blanket over me so as to not disturb the needles (if it's really cold he turns on the electric blanket under me as well), and then lets me rest until I need to leave. There is nothing better than resting with acupuncture needles for an hour or more on a Sunday. Really.

Anyway, the acupuncture has helped me sleep better, regulate my body temperature, and make better food choices. Between the acupuncture and the Ortho Molecular Adapten-All supplement I started taking, I am sleeping better. That alone is giving me more energy to exercise, and the combination of everything is giving me more energy, better ability to focus, and the newly re-found ability to make good food choices (you mean chicken liver on buttered toast isn't good for me?) through The Digest Diet: The Best Foods for Fast, Lasting Weight Loss. Yes, sometimes even a pro needs some assistance.

In the coming days I will talk more about my experiences with Adapten-All and The Digest Diet, and my slow but steady recovery from adrenal fatigue.