Column: Ergonomics

by Christine McDonald

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The healing art of Reiki is a light hand-to-body energy exchange that relaxes the body, de-stresses the mind, and boosts the immune system allowing the body to fight off infection. It helps alleviate the physical strains associated with workday stress by invoking emotional calmness. It enhances concentration, clarity, and creativity, and boosts productivity and overall well-being. It rebalances the body’s natural flow of energy—feeding every cell, tissue, and organ in the body, reacquainting the recipient with their own natural healing ability.

If you incorporate anything new into your healthcare regimen, your daily grind, your well-being, let it be Reiki. It’s inexpensive, easy to learn and with you for life, healing physical, emotional, spiritual, conscious and unconscious inequities. Taking the brief required time to learn Reiki allows you to have this healing therapy at your fingertips wherever you are, whenever you need it.

AN ENERGY-BOOSTING EXERCISE Gassho (gah-show) meditation is a technique to calm and focus the mind, and to oxygenate and energize the body. Gassho means “to place two palms together.” Physically it is the joining of two hands, symbolically acknowledging unity and balance, the creative and the analytical, the yin and yang.

TO DO GASSHO Bring hands together in front of—and about a fist width away from—your face: Fingers point upward, thumbs touch, allow a slight space between palms. Elbows are held slightly away from the body. The eyes—open or closed—are focused on the tips of the middle fingers.

GASSHO MEDITATION TECHNIQUE 1. Do Gassho (eyes closed)

2. Inhale through nostrils to count of 4

3. Hold breath to count of 4

4. Exhale through mouth to count of 4

5. Pause to count of 4 (prevents hyperventilating)

Repeat for 5 - 10 minutes gradually increasing the time. Stay focused on the tips of your middle fingers.