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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
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
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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.

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.
Evolutionary Process– provided by Joanna Miller Registered Physiotherapist
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; for information on Craniosacral therapy contact Juliette at, and for information on Reiki contact Dr. Adonis Makris at 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.


AdonisMakrisDr. Adonis Makris, Registered Chiropractor

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.