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. For a bio of Adonis Makris D.C. -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.