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For our February meeting we were very fortunate to have Suzanne Jankowski who gave an excellent and very enjoyable talk.

Suzanne is a complementary therapist who can offer several treatments, including Reiki, Crystal Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Swedish Massage, Reflexology and Hopi Ear Candles. On this occasion Suzanne talked to us about Reiki and Crystal Therapy.

Firstly she said that Reiki is the name given to a system of natural healing which evolved in Japan from the experience and research and dedication of Dr Mikao Usui.
Dr Usui researched the ancient Sanskrit scriptures to gain information about Reiki for his students and in order to get further clarity he decided to undergo the ancient practice of a 21 day fast and meditation on Mount Kuri Yama. He experienced a heightened state of consciousness on the 21st day during which he received an understanding of the dynamics of the process that activates Reiki in the hands. On returning to a normal state of consciousness he recognised a very different energy in his hands. Dr Usui used the energy on himself and on the abbot whom he helped with his severe arthritis. He worked among the poor and afflicted and spread the use of Reiki and taught other practitioners.
Reiki is non-denominational and can be given or received by persons of any belief system if they so wish. It is a healing system that is passed from master to student by means of an “attunement” process.
Reiki Healing can be given anywhere at any time as no special equipment is needed. The practitioner is a channel through which the energy is drawn by the need or the imbalance of the recipient. Neither person has to use any effort of will or concentration during the process. The therapist can use a hands on approach and place their hands on the energy points of the client, alternatively their hands can be placed over the body without actual contact in order to facilitate the transfer of energy.
It is possible to heal at any level of being: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. As running water smoothes the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing pain and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Reiki is a complementary therapy and as with all other forms of healing should be used alongside traditional medicine. Anyone currently on any medication or sick should seek medical advice from their GP and not use Reiki as their sole source of healing.
Suzanne said that at the healing session she tries to create a calm and very relaxing ambiance with gentle music and low lights. The client can either sit or lie down wherever they feel comfortable and then Suzanne passes her hands over the Chakras (energy points) in a non invasive way. The client is encouraged to do gentle breathing exercises to encourage relaxation so that they can more easily accept the healing energy. Suzanne said that her left hand is cold and her right hand is warm, the energy is given through the right hand, on the head, down the face, and on each chakra centre and then turn over and go down the back. She finishes with a relaxation which may be visualisation or a journey e.g. a garden, or a beach. Suzanne says it is helpful to visualise roots growing from your feet into the earth so that energy can come up from the earth, through the feet and through each of the centres.
After treatment it is important to have time to come round, also drink plenty and have regular periods of rest and no heavy meals for 48 hours. With regular treatments you will find it easier to be able to visualise the energy entering.
Some of the benefits of Reiki are:

  1. Heals the cause and eliminates the effects of imbalance

  2. Does not conflict with any religious beliefs

  3. Is an alternative, natural healing and helping method

  4. Can be combined with other healing methods

  5. Minimises feelings of helplessness when faced with a crisis situation

  6. Releases accumulated stress.

Reiki is an integrated energy which targets the area of greatest need. It does not interfere with medical treatments, enhances medication, quickens healing time and often lessens the need for pain medication.

The Reiki Ideals

Just for today, I will not worry

Just for today, I will not be angry

Just for today, I will give thanks for my blessings

Just for today, I will work honestly

Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing

Suzanne then went on to tell us about crystal therapy, the crystals that she uses are coloured to co-ordinate with the various energy centres (chakras) and follow the colours of the rainbow. The crystals are used to help to realign the energy flowing through the energy centres. Each chakra or energy centre is linked to a particular function of the body and is thought of as a colour e.g. the Root chakra is red, it is at the base of the body and helps support physical body primal power, the crystals Suzanne uses for this chakra is the red jasper. The other six chakras are the Sacral Chakra (orange), Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow), Heart Chakra (green), Throat Chakra (blue), Brow or Third Eye Chakra (indigo), and Crown Chakra (violet/white). After a treatment with crystals the aura of the client is smoothed down using either smokey quartz or magnets.
Lastly Suzanne told us a little bit about the benefits of lymphatic drainage and how it helps to remove toxins from the body. She advised us that body brushes can be very helpful to brush the skin, brush upwards and towards the centre of the body. Suzanne has kindly given us some photocopies of diagrams illustrating lymphatic drainage massage for home use, contact Pam if you would like a copy.
Suzanne was kind enough to bring with her some lovely crystal tea light holders for us to sell at the meeting and she also offered a free therapy treatment as a prize, so we made a fantastic £52 on the night. A very big thank you to Suzanne for both an interesting talk and a welcome boost to our funds.

Suzanne can be contacted for treatment on 07876526935


HOW TO FIX THINGS (By Guy Browning taken with thanks from Linkline 2005)

Things are very like people, in that at any given moment about one tenth of them are poorly. When people are not working, they go to the doctor. When things are not working, people go to the fixing first aid kit, a tin of old screws, washers, plastic hooks, fuses and odd pieces of wire. This tin has been full for years, because there is nothing useful in it. A golden rule in life is that if something isn't broken, you should not try to fix it. An equally good rule is that if something is broken you shouldn't try to fix it either. That’s what trained professionals with vans are for.
In the past, fixing big things required lathes, blowtorches and angle grinders. Today we have glue. Modern glues can fix load-bearing walls, rejoin severed limbs and keep children inseparable for months. Things break for three reasons:
 You have used them too much

 You have used them too little or

 You have used them like an idiot.
You can fix them by using them less, using them more or stopping being an idiot. Things that need fixing then fall into three categories: not working, broken, completely shattered.

Some men derive their entire self-respect from salvaging things that are completely shattered. Often they fix them so much that you come away with something completely different - for example, they'll fix your video, and you'll end up with a go-kart.

Men are divided into two types of fixers. The first is the bodger, who uses brute force and Sellotape. The other studies the problem from all angles, selects the right tool for the job, works coolly and calmly, and tidies up after himself. These characteristics exactly reflect their bedroom techniques too.
Most modern appliances are designed to give up the ghost the day after the warranty expires. At this stage, you can either get your dishwasher fixed for the price of a new dishwasher, take out an extended warranty for the price of a new dishwasher, or buy a new dishwasher for the price of a new dishwasher. With mechanical things, a drop of oil usually cures things, whilst for most electronic things a new battery will suffice. Computers, however, are prone to total nervous breakdown, by the machine first, then the owner. The helpline is the computer equivalent of your fixing tin: it's always there, but is no help whatsoever. Remember, all computer problems can be fixed by turning it off and going back to a pre-industrial lifestyle.

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