What is Reiki?

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reikiST. JOHNSBURY - Dyanne Thresher is a master reiki practioner (pronounced 'ray-kee') through her teaching credentials. She has been practicing reiki for eight years. Thresher is currently a volunteer at Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and just a few weeks ago she started performing reiki in Day Surgery.

 She took reiki sessions with her mother and at first, she didn't believe it worked.

"I took my reiki session and I felt absolutely nothing, I thought it was just a bunch of malarky," Said Thresher. "I thought they were just trying to get money out of us to take this training."

So what exactly is reiki? Well it's a natural healing process that originated in Tibet. You might be surprised to find out that it's administered through random, general touches to your body. The benefits of reiki are stress reduction, relaxation and it has the ability to aid your body in the natural healing process.

"The practitioner came back to me and said 'do you have trouble with your hands,' and I said 'yes, from repetetive motion from my job.' And she says 'I can help you with that,"' said Thresher.

It turns out, the reiki practioner that originally introduced reiki to Thresher, was right.

"She ran her hand up and down my arm, and I forget how long after but it dawned on me that my hand didn't hurt any more and I was still doing the same job," She said.

Thresher has been at the hospital for a little over a year and continues to volunteer at NVRH every Wednesday.