People Increasingly Taking Health Care into Their Own Hands

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Motivated by frustration with conventional treatments, by economics and by self-empowerment, more and more people are taking health care into their own hands with alternative modalities such as Reiki and Aka Dua.

With major hospitals such as Beth Israel Medical Center, Stanford Hospital and Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago developing Integrative Medicine centers, it is hardly surprising that individuals have also begun taking healing into their own hands. In some cases, people are even applying easy-to-use healing modalities, such as energy healing, to treat themselves and their loved ones directly. The reasons for this trend vary from frustration with conventional treatments to economics to self-empowerment.

A Massachusetts-based blogger at U.S. News and World Reports' website writes of seeking self-administered alternative therapy after a side-effect from otherwise successful heart surgery left her crippled. When her surgeon shrugged, she says, "I assembled my own rehab program of acupuncture ..., yoga, Pilates, Alexander technique, craniosacral therapy, massage, tai chi, and within a year had recovered completely, with only some residual weakness."

Energy healing modalities, such as Reiki, which typically involve the direction of energy through the hands to the body of the recipient, can be particularly cost-effective methods of achieving wellness, especially when a person learns to practice for him- or herself. A Canadian blogger and energy healing convert enthuses, "(Energy healing) empowered me -- because it taught me to empower myself!"

Jenny Wright ("Star") of the Temecula store and wellness center Nirvana, a Reiki master herself, has invested heavily in educating the Inland Empire public about energy healing. Says Wright, "On February 23 at 4 p.m., Nirvana will be hosting a free demo and healing clinic of an important and little-known modality called Aka Dua. I feel it so critical to bring these empowering tools and techniques to the people."

Nirvana is an interfaith bookshop and alternative healing center located at 43053 Margarita Rd., Suite B 102, in Temecula, California. Nirvana's telephone number is 951-695-0429. Aka Dua healing is presented by The Tequihua Foundation, a 501(c)(3) pending California nonprofit dedicated to indigenous arts. The Tequihua Foundation is located at 3638 University Avenue, Suite 203, Riverside, CA 92501. Their telephone number is 951-686-3471.

For more information about this story, please contact Eric N. Peterson at 951-295-4962.

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