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Reiki and Healing Energy for stress, insomnia, cancer treatment recovery

By: Dr. Adonis Makris DC BSc


I am a Toronto-based, licensed chiropractor in downtown Toronto at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic as well as at a secondary location at my own private practice. This article being the first of many to follow, will outline which treatments I offer to my patients along with focusing on explaining the healing art of Reiki.
First a bit about my journey of learning with regard to helping people heal on many different levels. I started my academic pursuit at the University of Victoria where I achieved a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology in 1993. I then moved onto gaining a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1998. From there, I have submerged myself in a continual drive to learn
from many other institutes. To gain a more thorough understanding of my academic achievements view my Bio at www.iron40.ca
One of my proudest achievements is that of being a Reiki Master. I have studied with a variety of teachers/masters throughout different parts of the world. I have found that implementing this form of healing modality has completed a missing link in physical body work into further helping a lot of my patients. It is from these experiences that I would like to introduce you to Reiki.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is known as the laying on of hands healing system. The word Reiki means universal life energy.
It is defined as being the power which acts and lives in all created matter. The word consists of two parts; the syllable Rei describes the universal, boundless aspect of this energy while ki is in itself part of rei, being the vital life force which flows through all living beings. Many races, cultures and religions have always been aware of the existence of an energy which corresponds to the meaning of ki.
Reiki originated in Tibet or India as a healing system that is about 2500 years old. From there, Reiki migrated with Buddhist sages to Southeast Asia and China, then to Japan, where the known modern Reiki history begins, and then finally reaching through to Hawaii and the West. Reiki healing practices have transcended many cultures, languages, religions, throughout history and millennia of time, right across the globe.
Benefits of Reiki
Medical studies have determined that Reiki healing has the following positive effects: reduction of stress and stress reactions, lowers high blood pressure, lowers heart and respiration rates, reduces bleeding, inflammation and pain, raises red blood cell count, helps insomnia and calms anxiety.
Reiki has also been noted to help patients who suffer from medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, and leukemia. The side effects normally accompanying regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated altogether by Reiki. These side effects include the negative effects of chemotherapy, post- operative pain and depression. Reiki is a recognized factor in positively improving the body’s healing rate and reducing the medically expected time-frame of hospital stays. Recently, Reiki has gained respect and attention in the medical field with regard to it’s extensive use in the breast cancer recovery process.
What does a Reiki treatment involve?
In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands into the recipient/patient. The recipient remains fully clothed and is usually laying reclined on a massage table however treatments can also be given while the recipient is seated or even standing. The practitioner places his/her hands in contact or hovering slightly over the recipient’s body in a series of determined hand positions. These include hand positions around the head and shoulders and the stomach and feet. Other, more specific hand positions may be used based on the client’s individual need. Each hand position is held between 3-10 minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at the location of each position. This is determined by the Reiki practitioner who is trained to sense internal physiological imbalances on an energetic level. The entire treatment usually lasts between 60-90 minutes.
What to expect
What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies from person to person however feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them as the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear and other unhealthy feelings and hence a state-of- peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep, report floating outside their bodies or have visions and/or other experiences. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive balanced outlook.
Can I combine Reiki with other more traditional treatments?
There is no need to stop seeing a medical doctor, chiropractor, naturopathic doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment. Reiki is very effective in conjunction with medical, paramedical, and psychological treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including with prescribed drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the end result.
I hope that this article has been insightful into your better understanding the beauty and healing power of Reiki and has opened you to giving it a try in the future. If your inner voice guides you towards it in this chapter in your life, Reiki is meant to connect with you. The universal energy of Reiki that resides within us all is ever-present to greatly facilitate our healing as a race both physically and spiritually.
Reiki treatments are provided at the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic by Adonis Makris D.C. and Laura Manning R.M.T. For a bio of Adonis Makris D.C. -click here and Laura Manning RMT- click here
For a more in-depth review, please review the following links:
1. www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/reiki
2. http://rehab.ucla.edu/workfiles/Urban%20Zen/Research%20Articles/Reiki_Really_Works-A_Groundbreaking_Scientific_Study.pdf
This information is not meant to replace medical/health advice. Contact your health professional to ensure the diagnosis and treatment options are appropriate for your condition.

Stress is an Opportunity for Growth when Approached the Right Way

Stress is a fact of life. Sometimes it gets so bad we see ourselves as unfortunate, even as lost souls. But with the right understanding and resources, we can regain strength and actually grow from stressful situations. We can use stress to find our limits and boundaries—to challenge us and empower ourselves to heal.

Being stressed out is an opportunity for growth when you approach it the right way

Stress

Stress approached truthfully and intelligently can bring evolution on the highest level. I like to think of stress as an acronym, STRESS, which stands for:

  • Strain
  • Thoughts
  • Rest
  • Energy
  • Support
  • Strategy

It’s an easy way to remember the different elements that make up this force that has such great impact on our lives. A clear and strong understanding of how stress is seen intelligently can only bring an opportunity for greater confidence in healing with it.

Strain

The combination of physiological, emotional, and energetic dysfunction is the first “S” in STRESS.

  • Physiological: Chronic stress produces too much of the stress hormone, cortisol, which triggers a cascade of unhealthy changes in the body. Functional systems, such as digestion, hormone, immune, and cognition, are affected by chronically high cortisol levels and eventually become dysfunctional.
  • Emotional: When the physiological systems are not functioning well, negative emotions come up more frequently. Anxiety, depression, and nervousness are examples of chronic-stress related emotions. How we see life (with the glass half full or half empty) will affect our emotional reactions to stress, too.
  • Energetic: We exist on many different levels, energetically being one of them. (Read more about this in the Energy section further down.) When we’re healthy, our energy body is in synch with our physical body. When this dynamic is unbalanced we lose energy. A helpful analogy is to think of yourself as a computer with trillions of programs running, and how viruses in your system will slow it down or cause malfunctions.
  • Thoughts:  We are what we think about; high-vibration positive thoughts are healthier than low-vibration negative thoughts.Our thoughts affect our physical reality because we manifest what we think about, both consciously and unconsciously. From language to buildings to politics to technology to hamburgers—everything began as a thought.

We created words to articulate our thoughts and give form to our ideas. But often we don’t pay attention to the power of words. We use them indiscriminately, carelessly, angrily. Yet choosing our thoughts and words carefully, with wisdom, results in better outcomes. Positive words have a higher vibration than negative words—their energetic signature has better qualities. High vibrations are associated with positive feelings such as love, forgiveness, compassion and peace. In contrast, low vibrations are associated with harmful feelings such as hatred, fear, greed and depression.

In his book The Secret Life of Water, Masaru Emoto’s experiments with water molecules and crystallization patterns prove that the quality of thoughts and words (high vs. low vibration) influence the quality of water. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Dr. Joe Dispenza writes about the brain’s neuroplasticity and the power of words to create change—positive or negative.

  • High vibrational words: Love, Happiness, Compassion, Peace, Opportunities, Respect
  • Low vibrational words: Hate, Depression, Judgement, War, Problems, Dishonour

Rest:

Strong sleep and restorative time outs are important for healing from stress. Our bodies have opportunity to heal when we sleep. This is when your functional systems and energetic systems regenerate and reboot.

Good sleep quality relies on a few factors:

  • intelligent duration ( 8-10 hours for most people )
  • a dark room to prevent disruption of your circadian biological clock
  • cool temperature
  • quiet setting
  • a comfortable, supportive bed.

Certain hormonal and physiological dysfunctions from chronic stress can disrupt sleeping patterns—seeking support from a qualified health practitioner may help. (For a well-researched, informative book on the importance of smart sleeping, pick up Lights Out by T.S Wiley with Bent Formby.)  Restorative time outs include going for walks in the park, sitting outside in the sun, deep breathing, and hugging. All these activities have been shown to reduce cortisol levels—read Cracking the Metabolic Code by Dr. James B. LaValle for more insight.

Energy:

We are vibrational beings composed of many different energetic systems, including meridians, acupuncture points, chakras, and etheric fields. Vibrational Medicine by Dr. Gerber is one of the most respected and well-researched books on energy medicine. Unbalanced, stressed energy systems can affect physical biological systems (particularly the hormonal systems) and create disease.

One of the techniques I use in my practice is tapping.  It is a simple, effective way to reset and rebalance our energy systems. It’s part of a method called the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which helps people deal with stress and unhealthy emotions. For more in-depth opportunities to experience energy medicine, seek out healing practitioners who use the tools I have found have found most helpful in my practice such as Reiki or Qigong. Acupuncture can also help to balance energy. These skills can introduce you to new and exciting healing methods to reduce stress.

Support:

We are all here to do two things in this world: learn and help each other out. I tell this to my patients all the time. I’m also fond of signing off my emails with “Unity and Healing”. Why? Because stress is humanity’s common denominator—we all experience it, no matter what our lives look like. With such a strong connection pulling us together, it’s natural to unite for support and healing. Friends, family, health practitioners, and support groups are all potentially blessed opportunities to heal and grow from stress.

Strategies for Stress:

We all need a well formulated and executed plan to evolve from stress. (We don’t just need it—we deserve it!) You are the only one who can control YOUR life and to be successful, strategy is pivotal.

Five Minute Living: An intelligent strategy includes having the right support (see the second-last “S” of STRESS, above), and the “Five Minute Living” concept: anyone can find five minutes a few times per day to regain a healthy state of being and happiness. Five minutes of deep breathing, stretches, tapping or other energetic practices, walking, positive affirmations, peaceful quiet sitting, hydration, supportive eating and supplements, and hugging a loved one is time well spent on powerful approaches to dealing with stress.

My patients who come to me for help managing stress may get a Reiki treatment or Qigong session. Or maybe they’ll get some bodywork to release tension. But they will also get coaching to help them adopt the practices I’ve mentioned here as part of STRESS—like exercise, better sleep habits, nutrition, positive affirmations—so they can find balance in their daily lives and learn to handle stress like a master.

If you are experiencing stress and would like to learn how to manage it or would like to learn whether Reiki, Qigong and energy balancing can help you, please contact Dr. Adonis Makris, DC at 416-925-4687 or email at Amakris@orthophysio.com

Energy Work

Energy work

What is energy work. 
Energy work refers to a variety of body-work techniques used more extensively in holistic-types of treatments.  Often people with chronic diseases, low energy, intolerance of deep tissue massage and/or conditions which are not responding to traditional medical approaches find these types of treatment beneficial.
There are several schools of thought and different techniques related to Energy work.  These often consist of very light hands-on techniques or stationary placement of the therapists hands to areas which are in need of re-balancing.
Types of energy work available at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic
At The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic we have 3 types of Energy-work treatments. Each type has similarities in technique and patient experience.  These similarities can sometimes allow the techniques to be interchangeable however some people respond better to one technique than another.
At our clinic each technique is associated with a different profession and depending on your benefit coverage this may make one technique more accessible than another.
Cranial-Sacral Therapy – provided by Juliette Woodruff, Registered Massage Therapist
Reiki Therapy – provided by Dr. Adonis Makris Registered Chiropractor, Reiki Master.
Who benefits from Energy Work?
Energy work may be selected when someone has a frame of reference that is more holistic.  Much like acupuncture, these techniques look to treat the entire body by improving energy flow.
These techniques can be used to help recovery after injury or disease by reducing stress and inducing a general sense of wellbeing.
What can I expect from my treatment?
Your therapist will take a history to determine your primary reasons for seeking treatment.  Treatment may be provided in a typical massage fashion using a sheet to drape the non-treatment areas or in some cases you will be fully clothed.
Treatment should induce a deep sense of relaxation and will often help to improve breathing and reduce pain.  Results are often cumulative with each session producing more substantial changes.
Insurance Coverage
All treatments are provided by registered health practitioners.  Depending on your insurance these treatments will likely be covered under your extended health benefits.

Energy Work: A Holistic Approach to Rehabilitation

Joanna Miller Registered Physiotherapist, BA, MPT 

My journey with energy work started before I became a physiotherapist and is what led me to pursue this career. In my early 20s, I had chronic, severe hip pain and wasn’t getting relief from the various passive and active therapies I had tried. I was referred to a physiotherapist and was confused when she started using a very light hands-on technique on my lower abdominal and hip region. Before I had a chance to think of a good way to politely leave the session, because I knew this method wouldn’t work for me, I started to feel a sensation of something shooting down my leg. It was the first time I felt something finally getting into my hip pain. I was convinced this technique was magic and was surprised when I found out that anyone could learn how to do this. From there, I started the process of applying to school to become a physiotherapist, so I could share this work and help people.

What is energy work?

Energy work is a branch of manual therapy that is part of a holistic approach to rehabilitation. There are many different types of energy work that can be used to treat acute and chronic pain and health conditions. At The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic we use 3 types of energy work- Evolutionary Process, Reiki, and Craniosacral therapy. This article will focus on Evolutionary Process and will attempt to demystify this type of therapy.

What can I expect from an Evolutionary Process Treatment?

Your Evolutionary Process physiotherapy session will begin with a traditional physiotherapy biomechanical assessment. Once your condition has been determined and explained, you will lie down and begin the energy work session. This technique is provided over clothes and usually takes you into a state of deep relaxation. The initial appointment is 90 minutes, which includes assessment and treatment. Evolutionary Process is an indirect, hands on technique where varying degrees of pressure are used to match the body’s resistance. This means that sometimes the pressure is very light and sometimes moderate to deep pressure is used.

Two fulcrums on the body are selected that relate to lines of tension in the tissues and your physical restrictions. The fulcrums are guided and stretched allowing deep layers of tightness to elongate and release. As the tension in the body releases, habitual postures and patterns ease, which leads to decreased pain and improved mobility.

Who benefits from Energy work?

During my 10 years of practice, I have studied various energy medicine techniques, and am currently treating patients using a technique called Evolutionary Process and have found it very useful in the treatment of:

· rotator cuff tears

· frozen shoulder

· disc bulges 

· decreased mobility following total knee and hip replacements

· headaches

· chronic pain.

Joanna Miller is a registered physiotherapist practising in downtown Toronto at the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic. She practices energy work, Yoga therapy and traditional physiotherapy. For more information on Evolutionary Process and her practice contact Joanna at jmiller@orthophysio.com; for information on Craniosacral therapy contact Juliette at jwoodruff@orthophysio.com, and for information on Reiki contact Dr. Adonis Makris at amakris@orthophysio.com. You can also contact us at 416-925-4687 to book an appointment.

The advice in this article is not meant to replace advice from your health care professional.

Chiropractic

AdonisMakrisDr. Adonis Makris, Registered Chiropractor

amakris@orthophysio.com

Dr. Adonis Makris attended the University of Victoria where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology in 1993. In 1998, he became a Doctor of Chiropractic with accreditation from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.

He has studied a mix of modern and ancient healing arts that influence his practice. Adonis is a Master in Medical Qigong, awarded from the International Institute of Medical Qigong, and a Reiki Master. He has certifications as a Biosignature Level 2 Practitioner from Poliquin Group Institute; a CHEK Holistic Level 2 Practitioner and CHEK Exercise Practitioner Level 1 from the CHEK Institute; an Eden Energy Practitioner from the Donna Eden School; and for osteopathic medicine from the Barral Institute. Through decades of study and practice he has developed a healing system called “The Body Motion Functional System”, which is based on the fact that motion is energy and energy has the potential to heal. Within this system he uses a variety of energy-medicine healing techniques that help the body vibrate to its highest potential and regain depleted energy to restore balance.

Currently, Adonis is finishing Post-Graduate studies at the Functional Medicine University in the United States. His ongoing studies include herbal medicine, crystal healing practices, shamanism, and other types of medicine. His practice focuses on helping people with many types of health issues, including body aches and pains; orthopedic disabilities; digestive problems; all forms of cancer; autoimmune diseases; chronic conditions such as fatigue and fibromyalgia; weight loss or weight gain issues; hormonal imbalances and diseases; addictions; emotional problems such as anxiety and stress; and infertility.

The Body Motion Functional System is an array of healing techniques that help the body regain balanced function. It involves the hands-on re-education of muscles and fascia—a technique that removes scar tissue, muscular imbalances, and visceral organ restrictions. Adonis approaches his patients in a holistic manner to teach people the importance of respecting food as healing medicine and to use natural remedies for many disease conditions. Through his instruction and practice he teaches that all diseases have an emotional connection.

Massage Therapy & Cancer Care

OTC_diagnosticRegistered Massage Therapy and Cancer Care

Massage Therapy is provided as part of The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic program to reduce pain, restore mobility, reduce swelling, and manage the symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatments. Our therapists are trained in therapeutic massage, cranial-sacral therapy, manual lymph drainage and myofascial release techniques. Our Registered Massage Therapists provide the following services to help you in your recovery:

Manual lymph drainage

Our Registered Massage Therapists are trained in the application of gentle manual lymph drainage massage techniques which can help reduce swelling after surgery. These techniques can also assist in the long-term management of lymphedema. Our therapists have completed post-graduate training in compression bandaging which can be a powerful adjunct in the management of the initial stages of lymphedema.

Myofascial release

Myofascial Release therapy is a gentle form of massage therapy that can reduce adhesions and improve mobility. It is often used following surgery to stretch scar tissue. It can also help to manage the tissue tightness that results from radiation treatment or in host vs. graft disease.

Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Reiki and Evolutionary Process Energy Treatment

Cranial-Sacral, Reiki and Evolutionary Process Energy treatments are gentle forms of therapy which can relieve restrictions and enhance your sense of well-being during your recovery. Our therapists have advanced training in the application of these techniques to relieve chronic and acute conditions. These techniques can reduce stress and tension to assist in your overall recovery.

Axillary web syndrome/cording treatments

Axillary web syndrome or cording is a condition that can occur following the surgical removal of lymph nodes. It presents as a cord-like thickening in the limb that had the surgery. Manual lymph drainage and fascial release therapy can help to relieve the restriction and sensation of burning associated with this condition.

Stretching and scar release

Surgery and radiation can result in movement restrictions and scar adhesions. Once your condition is stable it is important to address these restrictions at an early stage when the tissues are more susceptible to change. Massage therapy is an integral part of restoring movement post-operatively and helping to relieve scar adhesion.

Release of Frozen shoulder adhesions

Frozen shoulder is a painful and restricted condition that can affect your arm following breast cancer treatments. It can occur after radiation or surgical treatments. Once your condition is stable a combined program of exercise and massage can assist you in reducing your pain and recovering your movement.

Pain relief & relaxation

Massage is a time-tested method for pain relief and restoration of relaxation. Pain relief is targeted through improvement in circulation, reduction in tissue tightness and restoration of muscle balance. Our therapists bring an extensive array of techniques to help maximize your recovery and minimize your pain i.e. cranial sacral, Reiki, deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, etc.

Education on prevention & self-management strategies

All therapists at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic are committed to helping you achieve independence. We incorporate education assist you in understanding the key factors which will help you to prevent future recurrences. We will help you to take charge of your recovery through self-management strategies that are effective and easy to implement.