Reiki-What Every Clinician Needs to Know

Cover of "Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide"Cover of Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide

When I was in New York I had a fabulous lunch with Pamela Miles, a brilliant, beautiful, and witty Reiki Master teacher, practitioner, and author.

Last year Pamela gave some presentations along with Dr. James Dillard to Intergrative health care professionals, and the audio is now available for free at I highly recommend listening!

Great Review of My Pilates for Neck Pain Audio

In case you think Twitter is useless, here is a great testimonial I just received from my Twitter friend @annesamoilov, a Pilates instructor in LA and a new mother. Her neck pain is now gone after using my audio.

Lynda Lippin’s Neck Pain Pilates mp3 leads you very clearly through key fundamental exercises which has relieved several of my clients recurring neck and shoulder pain. I have even used it myself, since I’m a new mom. I spent more than a year bent forward watching my daughter breastfeed. My neck was always in pain–even after I stopped breastfeeding. I’m a pilates instructor and her audio guide put me through my paces. Within a few days of doing the fundamental exercises, my neck pain is gone. I highly recommend getting this audio guide – it works, even if you have prior experience with pilates. Lynda has provides the listener with the exact cues that work. She is easy to understand and her voice even has the added benefit of relaxing you as your doing the routine. I highly recommend the audio guide but also the step-by-step ebook too!

Pilates Certification Q & A

Dear Lynda,

I have been a member of a fitness center since 2002 and regularly attended their Pilates classes. I also practice Pilates several times a week in my home. I have recently moved to the Albany, NY area and would like to become a Certified Instructor( Beginner Mat to start). Can you please recommend some programs in my area? Also, do I necessarily have to be a client(member)at a facility before I can start a training program? I would like to start training ASAP.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much.

Answer: Dear Karen,

It is good that you decided to ask before jumping into a Pilates certification program. I suggest the following programs which all start with mat and also progress into Pilates equipment if you decide to go that route. Whether or not a studio would like you to take lessons with them before entering a program is up to the studio. Most Pilates studios do not have a traditional gym membership structure. I never did, but cannot speak for others. Look for:

PhysicalMind Pilates
Peak Pilates
Power Pilates
Balanced Body University

Feel free to ask more questions.



Her Abs Saved Her Life

OK, you hear Pilates teachers and personal trainers discussing the abdominal muscles as a true internal “girdle of strength” that can support your back and torso, but do you really believe that? I do, and recently came a cross a news story that confirmed this concept.

Peggy Williams almost died in a freak paragliding accident, and was told by recuers and physicians that it was her strong abs that saved her life.

Thrown about like a rag doll, she plunged 5m and was dragged across a rocky outcrop on her stomach.

Ms Williams suffered a torn liver and almost severed her pancreas but was ultimately saved by her stomach muscles which acted as a “girdle” to protect her other vital organs.

So what did she do, hours at the gym? Thousands of crunches? Nope, actually, she does about 1 minute of ab exercises a day!

Ms Williams, who has no children, said she kept to a simple exercise regime to keep fit.

“I do 15 sit-ups and 30 bicycle sit-ups, or lateral crunches, every day — it’s

just a one-minute regime,” she said.

“I also run two or three times a week, and together that keeps me fit.

“More than one doctor has said that being so fit is what saved my life.”

Footballers and Pilates

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32 year old Danny Murphy has signed a one year contract with the Fulham Cottagers as they enter Premier League and Europa League competition. Since this is the Cottagers’ first year in this kind of intense football play, they are turning to an old core conditioning standby. That’s right, they are doing Pilates!

Fulham skipper Murphy said: “We haven’t been here before so there’s a couple of different things we have to cater for.

“One is getting fitter that bit earlier than normal because you are normally aiming for mid-August to peak at your fitness.

“So we’re doing specialist work, Pilates stuff. It’s not my favourite. I’d rather be doing other things.

“It’s core work, balancing. Working on making the midriff strong. The lads are getting into it now.

“Ours it at the highest level in terms of intensity. The benefits outweigh doing a 9am class at the local gym with the mums.”

How Reiki in a Pub Led to the Tour de France

Three years ago competitive cyclist Hayden Roulston was diagnosed with a rare and incurable heart disease known to cause sudden death in athletes. He was only 25, and had just completed a few successful cycling seasons competing for professional teams Cofidis and Lance Armstrong’s Discovery Team when he was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) and told to stop competing.

Lately he won a Silver Medal on the last Olympics and is ready for the Tour de France. Even better, his doctor has cleared Roulston’s health. His heart is completely fine 3 years later.

What caused this miracle? Reiki.

One evening he was having a few beers at a pub with his mates and happened to meet Reiki healer Julie Reid, who have him a quick 5 minute treatment right there in the pub, which failed to produce any obvious results until his next bike session.

“I had finished with cycling, all my dreams were gone. I had nothing to lose,” he said.

“Next day I went training and felt something different….

“I had another treatment, but what is amazing is that Julie was still learning about reiki herself and the energy she has which is super powerful.

“I was totally sold after that – it blew me away to see her response: her hands were shaking and she was sweating from taking the bad energy out of my body.”

Regular reiki sessions saw Roulston improve to the extent he returned to competition, and left him standing on the podium in Beijing after winning silver in the individual pursuit and bronze in the team pursuit.

Story from AFP via Google

Reiki In Hospitals

Over a decade ago I had a total abdominal hysterectomy and had to literally jump through hoops to get some energy healing in pre-op and recovery. That was how my surgeon learned about the effects of this work (in my case less pain, less blood loss, and quicker recovery).

Her training as a registered dietitian and master’s level health-care administrator left Cathy Keith with little regard for complementary medicines and therapies such as Reiki.

“I was definitely thinking this was all out on the fringe and kind of woo-woo, foo-foo,” Keith said.

Now, she makes Reiki — a therapy using a light touch or hands placed near a patient’s body to assist the idea that energy as a universal life force can be channeled for healing — and a half-dozen other mind-body services available to patients as manager of SwedishAmerican Hospital’s Holistic Health Services.

Keith changed her mind about complementary therapies when she heard what patients said after they had received the treatments.

Like my own experience, most patients report feeling better, feeling calmer, sleeping better, and having less side effects from medications.

Sandy Farnham, a practitioner who performs treatments in hospitals and hospice situations, said she can sometimes feel heat in an area and feel it dissipate as she works. “I work at least 20 hours a week in hospitals,” Farnham said. “And when they are hooked up to the monitors, you can see the blood pressure go down, you can see the heart rate go down. You can see them relax.”

Hopefully this is a sign that Reiki and other energy healing therapies that are useful to patients will continue to be used and accepted in our Western medical model.