September-October 2015 | RELAX WITH REIKI

HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE: Certified Reiki Master Zlati Koscina of the Personal Wellness Center administers treatment to a client.
HANDS-ON HEALING: Reiki uses the hands as conduits for the transference of life-force energy.RELAX WITH REIKIRELAX WITH REIKI



The Personal Wellness Center in Salisbury is poised to help you find your higher power

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: GRANT L. GURSKY

Though it may seem like it arrived here only yesterday, Reiki was actually brought to the West in 1937. Today, it has millions of adherents and has become a staple of luxury spas and wellness centers all over the world. To learn more about this intriguing discipline, we spoke with Reiki Master Zlati Koscina of The Personal Wellness Center in Salisbury.

What is Reiki?
Commonly referred to as “hands-on healing,” Reiki is a Japanese alternative-medicine technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. It is administered by a practitioner who, by their placement of hands on the client, conducts or transfers a universal life-force energy in a therapeutic way, promoting greater health and well-being. It is believed that by elevating one’s life-force energy, they will be not only healthier but happier, as well. Unlike massage, Reiki employs only a light touch on clients, who remain fully clothed. Reiki practitioners target key energy centers (similar to acupuncturists), for the purpose of transferring positive, remedial energy to those locations. The word Reiki is a compound of the Japanese words Rei, meaning “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki, meaning “life force energy,” with the composite form translating to “spiritually guided life-force energy.”

What are the benefits of Reiki?
Reiki energy allows the muscles to relax and increases blood flow to treated areas, which in turn accelerates the healing process. Reiki practitioners and clients report Reiki helps them reduce stress, headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, sprains, cramps and many other conditions. Reiki is also believed to promote psychological healing, facilitating the release of negative emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety and sorrow, among others, and replacing them with enhanced self-worth, confidence and tranquility.

Just the latest fad? Perhaps not.
A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., indicates that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86%, reduced pain by 78%, reduced nausea by 80% and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94%. Additionally, a survey of nurses found that Reiki helps patients heal faster with less pain, reduces stress and improves negative attitudes, improves appetite and reduces the negative side-effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other medical procedures.

How does one find a bona fide Reiki practitioner?
Though Reiki is commonly promoted as a simple, easy-to-learn technique, the level of skill or competency ostensibly has everything to do with the teacher or teaching lineage (as is typically the case with Eastern spiritual disciplines, including the martial arts). At The Personal Wellness Center, certified Reiki Master Zlati Koscina studied under William Lee Rand, who is considered by most Reiki disciples to be perhaps the leading exponent of Reiki in the U.S., himself having studied directly under some of the discipline’s founding and most esteemed Japanese masters.

Koscina said that a 30- or 60-minute Reiki session is a very serene, gentle experience, involving absolutely no discomfort whatsoever. The Personal Wellness Center’s practitioners perform the service on either a conventional massage table or their BioMat, which adds infrared light, negative ions and amethyst crystals, to maximize healing. She added that people typically feel extremely relaxed immediately following a session and report discernable increases in energy shortly thereafter.

As a certified Reiki master, Koscina is authorized to practice and teach Reiki. She now offers Reiki training for levels I and II in group classes.


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